The Blue Nowhere by Jeffrey Deaver


The Blue Nowhere by Jeffrey Deaver

I was recently given this enthralling novel about the world of computer hacking with a criminal undertone and found it a gripping read. If computers, or crime thrillers for that matter, float your boat then I cannot recomend this highly enough.

The story follows the twisting tale of an elite hacker, turned murderer who uses the internet as the means of securing his victims. Using the information he has gathered on his target to “Socially Engineer” them into trusting him, he murders them when they let him get close.

Wyatt Gillette, a white hat (goodie) hacker is released from his maximum security prison cell in order to help the cops track down the elusive killer. The story unfolds in a fast paced blur of cyberpunk jargon and good old fashioned police hunches as the unlikely team play their game of cat and mouse.

Granted, I did have a couple of minor gripes with the book, such as elite cops who become instantly inept when they’re in the near vicinity of the criminal they want to arrest. I find stories where the cop suddenly makes a rookie mistake, letting the baddie slip through their clutches… solely so the book can run on another few chapters, very frustrating and an instant turn off.

However, although this kind of thing happens a couple of times in The Blue Nowhere, the writing is so gripping that I didn’t really mind the story being perpetuated. Indeed, the two main characters in the story are strong enough that I have my fingers crossed Deaver will bring them back for another outing.

Over all, a Foxy 8 out of ten for this book.