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The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2) [Paperback]

Stieg Larsson
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9 July 2009

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about sex trafficking in Sweden are murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her. Mikael Blomkvist, editor-in-chief of Millennium, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff and resources to prove Salander's innocence, Blomkvist also uncovers her terrible past, spent in criminally corrupt institutions. Yet Salander is more avenging angel than helpless victim. She may be an expert at staying out of sight - but she has ways of tracking down her most elusive enemies.


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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; First Printing edition (9 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030745455X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906694180
  • ASIN: 1906694184
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor-in-chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist, and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

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Stieg Larsson gleaned a remarkable degree of success before his too-early death in 2004. He had delivered to his publisher three remarkable crime novels; the initial book in his ‘Millennium’ sequence, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, had enjoyed an unprecedented success in his native Sweden before the translation took the UK by storm. Larsson had made a considerable mark as a crusading journalist, with a speciality in tackling political extremist groups. But he offered assistance to many people and groups who he felt were vulnerable – something of a modern hero, in fact.

One of Larsson's key achievements as a writer was to create an innovative kind of heroine for the crime novel. His unconventional sleuth, the highly intelligent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, is a confrontational young woman, whose Goth accoutrements sometimes alienate those around her (except the individuals she opts to have sexual relations with – strictly, that is, according to the rules she lays down). In the second book in the Millennium sequence, The Girl Who Played with Fire (as in its its predecessor), Lisbeth's closest ally is the older journalist Mikael Blomqvist, even though she has abruptly ended her emotional relationship with him. Lisbeth has left all she knows behinds her and has begun a relationship with a gauche young lover. But after a grim revenge run-in with a man who has abused her, she becomes a suspect in three murders, and is the subject of a nationwide search. Blomqvist, however, is convinced of her innocence (he has just been responsible for a blistering report on the sex trafficking industry in Sweden), and is determined to help her – whether she wants his help or not.

As with Larsson’s earlier book, this is highly compelling fare, with tautly orchestrated suspense; it's often grisly and uncompromising (not a problem for many readers), and the massive text may be longer than is good for it, but Larsson admirers won't begrudge the late author a word,and will be impatient for the third (and, regrettably, concluding) book in the sequence. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Intelligent, complex, with a gripping plot and deeply intriguing characters - Philip Pullman, Guardian.

A frighteningly suspenseful mystery - Harlen Coben.

Brilliantly written and totally gripping - Minette Walters.

As vivid as bloodstains on snow - Lee Child.

In her (Salander) Larsson has created a heroine unique to detective fiction. Where else can you find a bisexual female detective with punk-era fashion sense who just happens to be an expert computer hacker?' Independent.

Star of the show is, once again, the brilliant and misanthropic computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, an eccentric and unique heroine…it is tightly orchestrated, with all the twists and turns of an old-fashioned spy novel, and the most jaw-dropping ending. It's a perfect summer read' Kate Mosse.

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273 of 304 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 6 Jan 2009
By acid_win VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
An outstanding and dare I say superior sequel to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". Having read the first story of the trilogy this summer I was eager to know how the sequel would compare. In the girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisebeth Salander is definitely an enigmatic character and there are subtle hints that there is a lot of back story to her character. Am I glad that this back story has been developed and interwoven into this sequel. Too often we say "I couldn't put a book down" but in this case it is definitely a book you will be glued to.

The story comes to life when Salander is wanted in connection with some murders that have been commited. From this point the story moves on at a frenetic pace with all characters connected to Salander such as Blomkvist the journalist and Armansky her former employer defending her and trying to get to the bottom of the case alongside a national police investigation.

Ultimately this book is about why is Salander the way she is. What drives her and what is she willing to do to get to the truth?

Enjoy and look forward to the third part of the trilogy which should hopefully be translated from Swedish before the end of the year. If you're lucky (not me) and can read Swedish then why not get the third installment asap. Having said that if you're Swedish you've probably already read it.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant again 12 Sep 2009
By Ms. M. Cheung VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great sequel to "Dragon Tattoo", a definite must-read if you liked the first book.

This time round we finally discover more about Salander, she's slippery as an eel and so much smarter than any other character. It was a joy to have such a brilliant female protagonist, if only other books had strong women characters like her.

Blomkvist is again stubbornly digging away to find the killer, but now he's not so morally upstanding and he's willing to bend a few rules and lie to get what he wants.

The story moves at a fast pace, and it kept me turning the pages even at 2am. The blond hulk was an amusing character, in that he seemed out of this world - the boxing match was great!

Perhaps it's not a good idea to read this book without reading the first book, as there were quite a few references to the previous story and there was only scant information about the characters' relationships with each other.

I'm really looking forward to reading the third book, and it seems such a shame that Larsson only produced the trilogy - I would have loved to read more!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Sex, Some Drugs & a little Rock 'n' Roll 9 April 2011
Format:Paperback
In this instalment of the Millennium Trilogy, our heroine is accused of a triple homicide and the evidence against her is compelling. However, not everyone is convinced of her guilt and her friend and erstwhile lover attempts to prove her innocence and save her from the horrors of her past. Larsson's second book of the Millennium Trilogy is undoubtedly better than his first. Nonetheless, the hyperbole of many of the reviews still fails to match the reality: this is a good, but certainly not a great novel.

The main problem with The Girl Who Played with Fire is Larsson's lack of attention to detail. It's not that he didn't include the detail that would, ordinarily, make the fiction more believable (Salander's preferred brand of pizza for instance), it's just that so much of what he did include is inconsistent with his characters or is simply wrong. For example, it's incredible that someone with a photographic memory can forget where she lives (p.63); the Sicilian is a defence for black and not an opening for white (p.143); and why would one of the world's finest computer hackers be amazed by how easily the media obtains confidential documents (p.349)? Such criticism might be perceived as petty, particularly in light of Larsson's engaging prose, but the author obviously coveted such accuracy and even attributed it as a character trait to one of his main protagonists! Furthermore, other authors of this genre have produced so much better, one needs only to think of the early works of Patricia Cornwell to understand what Larsson was trying to achieve.

A second (although, minor) complaint about Larsson's work was his proclivity discussing his own preferences and prejudices through his fiction.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Who Played With Fire 20 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
The girl with the dragon tattoo was always going to be a tough act to follow. With captivating story lines and ever thickening plots, readers may think the sequel would disappoint in some way. In fact entirely the opposite has happened. The girl who played with fire, if possible is even better than its predecessor. Our knowledge of the characters deepens and more of their previously clouded background is reviled with astonishing consequences.

Lisbeth Sandler is an enigma in her own right and combined with the efforts of a 'practical pig' (Millennium magazine's publisher) Mikael Blomkvist she manages to get herself into situations way out of her or anyone's control.

The characters in this book are portrayed in a very definite way and all bring something to the storyline. The harsh way Sandler lives her life may sound far removed from the reality of the world today, but in the end this book is about how Sandler carves her own set of morals so fiercely into everything she does that others around her whether they know her or not can't help but be affected.

The girl who played with fire is an exceptional book, and I read it non-stop for two days until it was finished. However, not everyone's tastes are the same when it comes to books, so if you are unsure about the book my advice to you would be, please read it and then make your own mind up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brillaint
great story and have yet to finish this. How ever going to read some more for definite. Wished he had written more
Published 4 hours ago by martine
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as advertised
didn't disappoint the reader and the characters are very believable.
shame that there will never be a sequel for any of the main characters.
Published 1 day ago by C. Weetman
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
If you haven't read this trilogy, you definitely should, it's a brilliant read. This book has a way of keeping the reader gripped right from the very start, cannot recommend this... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars even better than the girl with the dragon tattoo!
Loved this even more than the 1st book of the trilogy. The way Larsson develops the characters is completely compelling reading. Fantastic! Can't wait for the 3rd.
Published 3 days ago by Gnome29
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire!
A really good read which I will come back to again many times I am sure. The story and characters are very believable and I enjoyed it very much.
Published 4 days ago by E. Weston
1.0 out of 5 stars hated it
rubbish really cannot tell you how much i hated it..................................will not buy anymore of his books ever ever ever again
Published 4 days ago by AUDREY PRATT
5.0 out of 5 stars A proper sequeal
I can only say how much I enjoyed this book, as much as the first infact. No loose ends are left, no wondering on what ifs. A proper fast paced, gripping thriller. Read more
Published 4 days ago by kayjah
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Not quite the same effect as the first book of the series, but still enjoyable. Looking forward to reading the third instalment.
Published 5 days ago by Cally
5.0 out of 5 stars The girl who played with fire
The story was well written and the plot intricate. I found it difficult to put the book away at sleep time
Published 5 days ago by Jill Weedon
5.0 out of 5 stars Very engaging book
Brilliant book could not put it down now half way through number two. Love how the characters are built and grow. Highly recommended if you like thrillers.
Published 9 days ago by zinnia Togni
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