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Stieg Larsson
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Book Description

6 Jan 2009 Millennium Trilogy

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally 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 anywhere. Meanwhile, Mikael Blomkvist, editor-in-chief of Millennium, will not believe what he hears on the news. Knowing Salander to be fierce when fearful, he is desperate to get to her before she is cornered and alone. As he fits the pieces of the puzzle together, he comes up against some hardened criminals, including the chainsaw-wielding 'blond giant' - a fearsomely huge thug who can feel no pain. Digging deeper, Blomkvist also unearths some heart-wrenching facts about Salander's past life. Committed to psychiatric care aged 12, declared legally incompetent at 18, this is a messed-up young woman who is the product of an unjust and corrupt system. Yet Lisbeth is more avenging angel than helpless victim - descending on those that have hurt her with a righteous anger terrifying in its intensity and truly wonderful in its outcome.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 569 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press; First edition (6 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847245560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847245564
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,309 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,656 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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Amazon Review

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

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As good as crime writing gets - Times Literary Supplement. A gripping novel, driven by a mixture of anger and warmth - Financial Times. Darkly wonderful adventure - Scotland on Sunday. Unmissable - London Lite. It's that rare thing; a thoughtful contemporary thriller with its heart and its head in the right place - Tribune. The huge pleasure of these books is Salander, a fascinating creation - Mark Lawson, Guardian. Even more gripping and astonishing than the first … this novel will leave readers on the edge of their seats - Joan Smith, Sunday Times. An absorbing, exciting and bloody multi-layered chase … the climax is a feast of gore … a riveting read - The Times. Stieg Larsson is, as we say, definitely having a moment … the writing is gripping, the plotting masterly - Rachel Johnson, Sunday Times.

The Girl Who Played with Fire is that rare thing - a sequel that is even better than the book that went before … it is to be read in great hungry chunks - Observer.

It is rare to find a thriller in which the female characters are allowed so much space to be. Lisbeth Salander really is a wonderful creation - Scotsman.

Astonishing novels … Larsson came up with an entirely new kind of heroine for the crime story … as with Larsson's first novel, this is wonderful stuff - Daily Express.

A year ago, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo won ecstatic praise from British critics and readers. Now its successor, The Girl who Played with Fire has outsold the likes of Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson … once more, another figure seizes the book by the scruff of its neck and binds the reader in fetters of fascination - Independent.

As with the first book, this complex novel is not just a thrilling read, but tackles head-on the kind of issues that Larsson himself railed against in society, such as endemic establishment corruption and the exploitation of women - Daily Mail.

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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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12 of 13 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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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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