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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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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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easy read

I enjoyed the read was fast fluid and suspenseful. I would recommend it to others.

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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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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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A bit too slow

This book was a bit technical and slow moving. It's not as good as his other works that I've listened to.

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Thought-provoking and frightening!

What if someone could write a program that could invade your computer and send all its information to him to use as he pleases, to learn everything about your life, even to kill you? "The Blue Nowhere" addresses this question, and could definitely make you think twice about ever going online. In the afterword to the book, Jeffery Deaver assures the reader that according to all the computer experts he interviewed in doing background research for the story, a program like "Trapdoor" is impossible, but he still says he's not entirely convinced.

With the book having been written in 2001, some of the computer tech is outdated, which is inevitable due to the fast pace of advances in technology. We may not use phone modems much anymore, nor do we use floppy disks. But today's internet is lightening fast by comparison to the story, and it seems to me the premise is even more plausible, especially with social media which was unknown back then, and people willingly share a lot of information that a character like "Phate" wouldn't have had to work so hard to get.

The story is riveting, and it played like a movie in my mind--would love to see that happen!

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Great Listen!

Just as good or better than when I read the book some years back. My favorite Deaver book. Performance was excellent.