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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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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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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.

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Good But A Couple Flaws

Note that this book about super-hacking was written in 2001 so some of the tech has changed. Also, there were a lot of red herrings and a few plot twists that were pretty far out. Still I enjoyed the book, especially the main characters, Frank Bishop and Wayne Gsomebody (how quickly we forget!).

At least one of the voices used by the narrator was annoying, but the rest was fine.

So I marked 4s because it was better than average. But minor flaws kept it from being great.

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Very good book about a sociopath hacker!

I just finished Daemon and Freedom(TM) by Daniel Suarez and was looking for books similar, this was spot on!

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Surprises galore

What made the experience of listening to Blue Nowhere the most enjoyable?

Jeffrey Deaver can craft a story and create characters. This book is as good as the Lincoln Rhyme series. If I’d read this in 2001. I would have found it hard to believe that hackers could penetrate all the places they did in this book. Now, we know that this is a fact of life in the 21st Century, so the book is entirely believable. It was written before the smartphone and before routers and modems were terms we all understood. I’m not a techie, so the outdated ins and outs of hacking were as new to me as these methods are old school to the techies of today. I enjoyed the characters and the suspense. The narrator was not the best I’ve heard. He had a few mannerisms I found annoying, but not so much that it detracted from the story. I bought this at a two for one sale, and thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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A hackers dream

Well that was complicated. All the computer lingo lost me. Where the heck is my rolodex? I think there were too many "this guy did it!" , " no, this guy did it" moments. Too many loose ends unless there'll be a sequel which I wouldn't buy.