Stopping to use a cash machine one evening, a man inexplicably falls to the ground: dead.
A taxi driver is brutally murdered by two teenage girls. Quickly apprehended, they appal local policemen with their total lack of remorse. One girl escapes police custody and disappears without a trace.
Soon afterwards, a blackout covers half the country. When an engineer arrives at the malfunctioning power station, he makes a grisly discovery.
Inspector Kurt Wallander is sure that these events must be linked - somehow. Hampered by the discovery of betrayals in his own team, lonely and frustrated, Wallander begins to loose conviction in his role as a detective. The search for answers leads Wallander dangerously close to a shadowy group of anarchic terrorists, hidden within the anonymity of cyberspace. Somehow these criminals seem always to know the police's next move and Wallander finds himself fighting to outsmart them.
©2004 Henning Mankell (P)2009 Random House Audio
Good contemporary thriller
The global nature of the crime as action switched between Angola and Sweden was critical. The power of computer linked financial information and the ability of competing and skilled hackers to access and manipulate this information gave the plot a sense of Good vs. Evil in the race against time. The build up of tension was strong and the story well told.
Yes he is a particularly fine reader of Scandanavian crime and is able to give his characters distinct and effective voices.
Kurt Wallander as detective and person, the unexpected twists and hints
good hidden little hints, great desciption of characters. - Main story too complicated, unreal
Very well presented, one could distinguish the different persons easily. Excellent performed mood changes
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
I do love the combination of Sean Barrett and Henning Mankell. This story involving cyber crime is one of Mankell's best.
To write too much about story line or plot would spoil this one for others. Inspector Wallander is perplexed by a seeming senseless murder and faces his lack of computer skills while his daughter urges him to join an on line dating service. There are a couple stories running through this novel that intersect in an unusual way.
That is the backdrop to a great mystery story. It is audio book I have heard a few times and will, no doubt, listen again.
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