02 April 2012

Firewall, by Henning Mankel

Another audio book, another Kurt Wallander story. I'm afraid I'll probably give up on these now. This book was entertaining enough for the commute, but even delivered in this way I detected many plot defects and loose ends. Why was Tinas Faulk's body stolen, mutilated, and returned to the scene of his death? What about the injury to his head? Why was an electric relay placed in the morgue when his body was stolen; how was that theft committed, and by whom? There are more.

When a writer creates a novel, no matter how lowbrow his intentions, he or she should probably only include elements in the plot which are necessary to carry the plot forward. I understand that Mankel may be trying to be realistic, for in real police work there are certainly many red herrings and loose ends, but I fear that he has not done this effectively.

There is some decent suspense in the book. The story, which has at its center a plot to compromise computer systems around the world and thereby destroy the world's financial system, is technologically weak and -- viewed from the prospective of 2012 (the story takes place circa 1997) -- it was hard to take it seriously.

Driving is boring, so I did listen to the whole thing.

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