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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press; First Printing edition (9 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906694184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906694180
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,737 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,866 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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' Kate Mosse.

'As good as crime writing gets', Times Literary Supplement.

'Even more gripping and astonishing than the first ... this novel will leave readers on the edge of their seats' Sunday Times.

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284 of 315 people found the following review helpful By acid_win VINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By andy on 18 July 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My review is aimed in part, at those who have read some but not the whole trilogy.

The Millennium Trilogy has many people praising the three novels but also many who clearly don't like them. I had read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and very much enjoyed it but had not read the other two. I found that "Tattoo" took some time to get going, but the prose (or at least the translation of it) was very distinctive and the plot was good but I think it was the main characters of Mikael and Lisbeth that remained in my memory.

Because of some sight problems I had stopped reading for quite some time, but then bought a Kindle (so that I could enlarge the font size), and kept promising myself I would at some stage read the other two from the trilogy. They are reasonably long novels and was somewhat hesitant as I wondered if I would enjoy them as much as I had the first one.

There had been few years between reading the first and then the second and third novels and I had forgotten just what the prose was like - namely all the things that those who don't like it, will criticise (too long, too descriptive even to the extent of saying the model of computer or phone etc that is being used). But I am so glad that I eventually got round to reading the other two novels - apparently another seven had been planned, and presumably would have been published but for Steig Larsson's demise.

A fourth novel is to be published in 2015 but doesn't have the approval of Eva Gabrielsson, Larsson's partner as it will not use the unpublished material which is in her possession.

So to sum up, if you have read and enjoyed some but not all of the trilogy I would very much recommend the package as a whole. I would recommend the novels to anyone with the patience for a long but very well plotted story, beautifully descriptive prose and great characters.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. Cheung VINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sassy on 19 Nov. 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Once I got past the long winded descriptions and numerous paragraphs of filler that really didn't need to be there, then this was quite enjoyable. But it really needs some brutal editing to prevent the dragging pace. I did enjoy the characters, although I found that because these were Swedish names, and some were quite similar, it was a bit confusing at times to work out who was who. I would probably read another one in the trilogy series but would hope for more editing next time.
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Rothwell on 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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