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Firewall: A Kurt Wallander Mystery | [Henning Mankell]

Firewall: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

A body is found at an ATM, the apparent victim a of heart attack. Then two teenage girls are arrested for the brutal murder of a cab driver. The girls confess to the crime, showing no remorse whatsoever. Two open-and-shut cases. At first these two incidents seem to have nothing in common, but as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver, he begins to unravel a plot much more complicated than he initially suspected.
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Publisher's Summary

A body is found at an ATM, the apparent victim a of heart attack. Then, two teenage girls are arrested for the brutal murder of a cab driver. The girls confess to the crime, showing no remorse whatsoever. Two open-and-shut cases.

At first these two incidents seem to have nothing in common, but as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver, he begins to unravel a plot much more complicated than he initially suspected. The two cases become one and lead to a conspiracy that stretches far beyond the borders of Sweden.

More mayhem? Listen to all of our Kurt Wallander mysteries.

©2002 The New Press; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"In the sixth Kurt Wallander book to appear in English, Mankell proves once again that spending time with a glum police inspector in chilly Sweden can be quite thrilling." (Publishers Weekly)
"Well-paced...a thinking man's thriller." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Kathleen NEWTOWN, CT, United States 01-16-09
    Kathleen NEWTOWN, CT, United States 01-16-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Good but not my favorite"

    I am a big fan of Henning Mankell. I liked this story but it was not my favorite of his. The story is a typical Mankell crime story with seeming disparate events that are tied up in the end. The cast of characters continue to be well developed but for some reason I felt like the story was less cohesive than some of his others have been. I will continue to listen to his stories though and would encourage others to give him a try if they haven't already.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-03-09
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-03-09 Member Since 2015

    Don't miss the Bino Phillips series by AW Gray. They are largely unknown, but as good as any ive read!

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    "Great story, poorly read."

    The story is worth the price of admission, even with the poor performance of the reader. A middle aged detective at the peak of his career comes off more like a tired, 65 year old police officer with Dick Hill's narration.

    Nevertheless, the plot is fast paced and the story is riveting.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andie 10-13-11
    Andie 10-13-11
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    "Dreadfully dragged out and dull"

    Mankell grossly failed to impress. The story falls flat. The overall plot dull. A real struggle to get from beginning to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thompson Temple, TX, United States 01-21-09
    Thompson Temple, TX, United States 01-21-09
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    This is an excellent book, well worked together characters and a good timeline. The theam is right out of today. I would read or listen to most of this author. Now come the bad part, it was an excellent tale almost ruined by the reader. It seem like a first time effort and someone told him you, must, pronounce, each, word, clealy. When he got to pronouncing names of characters it got to the point of grating on the nerves one example martinson would be mar, tin Soon. I will never pick anothe book with this reader

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Zeta Cross Philadelphia, PA 05-25-15
    Zeta Cross Philadelphia, PA 05-25-15 Member Since 2014

    real estate agent, owner of a fixer upper

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    "Excellent Plot, Milleau & Characters"

    I wish for more and more of Wallander.
    I love the Nordic setting.
    Don't want to write any more, ok?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Columbus, NC, United States 04-16-15
    Doug Columbus, NC, United States 04-16-15 Member Since 2015

    Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.

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    "A mystery wrapped in an enigma..."

    Detective Kurt Wallander is no super sleuth/hero....he is very believable as a careful investigator who has intuitive good sense and proceeds methodically to solve two murders that are strange and bewildering.

    For those of you who have read Wallander books previously, as I have, this is one of the best that I have read.

    Dick Hill does an excellent job, as always he does, reading/performing the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeep Boston 06-30-14
    Jeep Boston 06-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Great Wallander Adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am a huge fan of Mankell's Wallander series and would recommend this book to all who love police procedurals.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was classic Mankell -- complex and mystifying until Wallander walks you through the investigation, uncovering leads and introducing additional personal strife.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending was one of Mankell's best for reasons I will not divulge!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    As grouchy and grumpy as Wallander is, I always find myself hoping that this dedicated detective will find some kind of happiness! Just want to add that Dick Hill is an amazing reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kaaren 06-01-14
    Kaaren 06-01-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I LOVED IT!"
    Would you listen to Firewall again? Why?

    Maybe, but this is the Mankell novel and I am listing to more now.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Wallander. I think Dick Hill did a good job on all of the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed sometimes. Mankell is such a great writer.


    Any additional comments?

    Mankell was recommended to me by a co-worker. I'm hooked and will continue to purchase his books on Audible. I have a two-hour bus/ferry/bus commute to work, sometimes longer on the way home, and Audible books are PERFECT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BJ Emerald Isle, NC, United States 02-25-13
    BJ Emerald Isle, NC, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Good Wallender Tale"

    Enjoyed this maybe a little more at the beginning than the end, but Wallender is always a fun listen and the characters fascinating. i had no problems with the reader but thought the plot a little weak and far-fetched. I've now read almost all the Wallender stories and hope a new one will be coming soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William A. Buche 11-24-11 Member Since 2007
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    "As always, wonderful story and Human insight"

    I have one Walkabder left- and am already feeling a loss. But Firewall more than met
    my expectations-- tense, moving, worrisome, and- rewarding-- this is Mankell at his best,
    and I have learned to love not only the author and the stories-- but-- the narrator-
    This was an outstanding listen- WAB

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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