Firewall: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

By Henning Mankell, Ebba Segerberg

Ystad, Sweden, fall 1997. teenage ladies brutally homicide a taxi driving force. even if they're fast apprehended, one in every of them escapes police custody and disappears with no hint. a number of days later, a guy stops at an ATM in the course of his night stroll and by surprise falls useless to the floor. almost immediately thereafter, a blackout cuts strength to a wide swath of southern Sweden. whilst a serviceman arrives on the malfunctioning energy substation, he makes a grisly discovery.

Inspector Kurt Wallander starts to feel a connection among all of those occasions and, while, turns into more and more conscious of the vulnerability of our digitized society.

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Perhaps that’s while I’ll be ready to kick the bottle for sturdy. ” They left the stables and walked around the backyard to the home. It was once a cold night. Wallander felt his traditional pang of envy. Sten used to be on his method towards an unknown yet definitely various destiny. He, nevertheless, used to be splashed around the entrance pages of the paper for assaulting a fourteen-year-old woman. Sweden has turn into a spot that individuals attempt to break out from, he inspiration. those who can find the money for to. and people who can’t come up with the money for it subscribe to the hordes who scavenge for sufficient funds to depart. How had that occurred? What had replaced? They sat down within the untidy front room that still served as an place of work. Widen poured himself a pitcher of cognac. “I’ve been puzzling over changing into a degree technician. ” “What do you suggest? ” “Exactly what I say. i may visit los angeles Scala in Milan and paintings the curtain. ” “You don’t rather imagine they function the curtain by means of hand anymore, do you? ” “Well, I’m certain the occasional prop continues to be moved by way of hand. take into consideration having the ability to be behind the curtain each evening and listen to that making a song with out paying a penny for it. i might even paintings at no cost. ” “Is that what you’re going to do? ” “No. i've got loads of rules. occasionally I even take into consideration heading as much as northern Sweden and burying myself in a few chilly and unsightly heap of snow. I simply don’t recognize. the single factor i do know is that the ranch goes to be offered and I’ll need to move someplace. What approximately you? ” Wallander shrugged with out answering. He had had an excessive amount of to drink. His head used to be beginning to believe heavy. “Are you continue to chasing moonshiners? ” Widen had a teasing tone in his voice. Wallander felt himself get indignant. “Murderers,” Wallander acknowledged, “People who kill others via crushing their heads with a hammer. I take it you heard approximately that taxi driving force? ” “No. ” “Two little ladies beat and stabbed a taxi motive force to demise the opposite day. They’re the type of humans I chase. now not moonshiners. ” “I don’t know the way you could continue at it. ” “I don’t both. yet a person has to do it, and that i most likely do it in addition to anyone else. ” Widen regarded smilingly at him. “You don’t need to get so shielding. after all i feel you’re a good policeman. I’ve constantly idea so. I simply wonder whether you’re going to find time for the rest on your lifestyles. ” “I’m now not a quitter. ” “Like me? ” Wallander didn’t solution. He used to be all of sudden conscious of the space among them and puzzled how lengthy it had quite been there with no their understanding it. as soon as upon a time that they had been very shut. Then they'd grown up and long gone their separate methods. while they’d met up years later, they concept they can construct at the friendship they’d as soon as had. that they had by no means obvious that the continuation of that fellowship used to be different. in basic terms now may well Wallander see it truly. Widen had most likely additionally come to an analogous end. “One of the women who killed this taxi motive force had a stepfather,” Wallander stated. “Erik Hökberg. ” Widen checked out him with shock. “Seriously? ” “Seriously. It appears like the woman has now been murdered herself.

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