Firewall (Mankell novel)

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Firewall
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First edition (Sweden)
Author Henning Mankell
Original title Brandvägg
Translator Ebba Segerberg
Country  Sweden
Language Swedish
Series Kurt Wallander #8
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Ordfront
Publication date
1998
Published in English
2002
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 436 pp (Eng. hardback trans.)
ISBN 1-84343-112-2 (Eng. trans.)
Preceded by One Step Behind
Followed by The Pyramid

Firewall is a crime novel by Swedish author Henning Mankell.

Synopsis[edit]

A series of bizarre incidents sweep across Sweden: a man dies in front of an ATM, two young women slaughter an elderly taxi driver, a murder is committed aboard a Baltic Sea ferry, and a sub-station engineer makes a gruesome discovery while investigating the cause of a nationwide power cut. As Wallander investigates, he uncovers a sinister plan to bring the Western world to its knees.

Theme[edit]

The major background theme around which the action takes place is the dilemma of the Western economic system versus poverty. The criminal mastermind is a persuasive and talented IT specialist who plans to right the wrongs of the world by "deleting" vast quantities of money from multinational banks' accounts system, so bringing on a credit and financial panic.

The criminals believe their intended cybercrime is justified; for them the "big picture" involves the sacrifice of the banking system in order to wipe out third world debt. At a crucial moment Wallander unwittingly manages to persuade a key accomplice that, ethically, there is in fact no "big picture," that instead we just have lives that are fragile but also "miraculous".

Adaptations[edit]

In 2006, Swedish production company Tre Vänner Produktion produced a four-part television miniseries adaptation of Firewall, starring Rolf Lassgård as Wallander. In 2008, British broadcaster BBC One broadcast a 90-minute adaptation as part of its Wallander television series starring Kenneth Branagh.