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Publisher's Summary

Jeffery Deaver, best-selling author of The Empty Chair and The Bone Collector , now turns to the labyrinthine world of cyberspace - a world where the most powerful can lose their wealth, their minds, their lives with a hacker's touch of a button.

When a sadistic hacker, code-named Phate, sets his sights on Silicon Valley, his victims never know what hit them. He infiltrates their computers, invades their lives, and lures them to their deaths. To Phate, each murder is like a big, challenging computer hack: every time he succeeds, he must challenge himself anew - by taking his methodology to a higher level, and aiming at bigger targets.

Desperate, the head of The California State Police Computer Crimes Division frees Wyatt Gillette, imprisoned for hacking, to aid the investigation - against the loud protests of the rest of the division. With an obsession emblematic of hackers, Gillette fervently attempts to trace Phate's insidious computer virus back to its source. Then Phate delivers a huge blow, murdering one of the division's own - a "wizard" who had pioneered the internet - and the search takes on a zealous intensity.

Gillette and Detective Frank Bishop - an old-school homicide cop who's accustomed to forensic sleuthing - make an uneasy team. But with a merciless and brilliant killer like Phate in their crosshairs, and his twisted game reaching a fever pitch, they must utilize every ounce of their disparate talents to stop him.

©2001 Jeffery Deaver (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"A gripping high-tech page turner." ( San Francisco Chronicle)
"A terrific thriller." ( USA Today)
"High-tension wired." ( People)

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  • Barbara
  • Danbury, CT, United States
  • 12-14-12

good read

We take long trips at least once per month, and look forward to our "reads". We hadn't listened to Jeffry Deaver in at least 2 years, and were happy to find another book of his on Audible. We were not disappointed. The trip went by in a flash. Well developed characters, suspenseful and not too dark, although Deaver comes right up to the edge, and several surprises along the way.

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A Yarn for Old School Computer Geeks

Jeffery Deaver write novels that turn your head inside out and keep you guessing. This book is no different. The difference is that this tale takes inside of the world of hackers. It's true that this world is a bit dated, but that makes no less fascinating to newbies or those who remember those days fondly.

Wyatt Gillette is addicted to computers and the internet. It lands him in prison. But there is a killer out there who speaks the language Gillette speaks and Detective Frank Bishop needs Gillette to find him. The story is fast faced and doesn't let up for a minute. It's a great read, read well by William Dufris. Check it out and enjoy!

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so bad

hackneyed prose. absurd dialogue. plodding story line. silly red herrings and plot twists. perhaps the worst audible book I have ever listened to.

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Great

This is the best book I have ever read or listened to. I have this book in hard copy, tape, CD and now digital. The story is well thought out and the plot is amazing. After the hundreds of books I have read and listened to, I still come back to The Blue Nowhere. Thank you Jeffery Deaver.

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Juvenile

Too many unrealistic twists and turns. No continuity. Weak characters. Boring reading of screens makes book unsuitable for audible application.

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It was OKAY

It started out slow. Almost stopped listening but, didn't have anything else to start. Ended good.
Keep up the Good work!

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  • Sylvia
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 05-22-18

2001 is 20 centuries ago in computing years

This book was written in 2001 but Audible lists a much later date. (I have never figured out how this happens, but Audible often cites a release/pub date years and years after the actual date, leading the buyer to believe a book is much more recent than it actually is.) Anyway, the language and narration style seem ancient, the characters are uninterestingly dorky, and the dialogue is either stilted or silly. If you are in the mood for a good, very old crime story, Macbeth is much more interesting.

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A wild ride for nerds

As someone who works in IT this book was amazing. I find it humorous and fun that it obviously took place in the 90s or very early 00 don’t let that discourage you. Half of the book felt like a climax and it kept my mind racing till the last second

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Charmingly wrong on hacking

Interesting crime novel, but be prepared that computer aspect is charmingly anachronistic. When you get over that, it's enjoyable suspense novel.

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One of the worst books I've ever read

I work in information security and enjoy books on the subject both fiction and non-fiction. This book somehow made a list of must read fiction books for IS professionals. It has no business whatsoever being on ANY must read list. The story is beyond ridiculous. I found myself literally laughing out loud during different points in the book. Fortunately I only paid $5 for it, listened to it while exercising so time wasn't wasted listening to it, and listened to it at 1.5x speed to get to the end faster.

This tells you all you need to know. The super hacker in the book uses Windows and doesn't encrypt data at rest. There's so much more that clearly shows the author knows very little about IS but that gives you a good idea of what you're in for if you buy this book. Don't waste your time or money.