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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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Product details

  • 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 (1,349 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,233 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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275 of 306 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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36 of 40 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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55 of 62 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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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a thoroughly gripping book and enjoayble read 26 July 2009
By Bubu 60
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed the second book in the Millennium trilogy. The storyline is truly gripping and I like the way the plot and the characters develop. I couldn't wait to come home from work to read it, which hasn't happened for a very long time. I was glad to be given more of an insight into Lisbeth Salander's character and background, which explains a lot about her behaviour in the first book of the trilogy. Once again some pretty vicious, ruthless and perverted male characters who could put women off men for good.
My only reservations concern the frequent and often unnecessary details (hence the four stars rather than five) which don't add anything to the story (what type of coffee the characters drink- latte, espresso...who cares?-, what they eat, what kind of hard drive they have on their computer, digressions about equations, etc....). I think it could have done with some ruthless editing as at times it was rather verbose. The style occasionally leaves a lot to be desired but I suspect, like other people have suggested, it might be the translation's fault. Lastly: is it me or there are too many product placements (Ikea, Apple Mac, Billy's pan pizza,etc.)?
Still an awsome thriller and one I would recommend. Roll on first of October when the third book is going to be published (by the way why is the UK so slow in releasing them? In Italy they have all been out in translation for a while).
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