- Publisher: Random House Inc
- Format: Hardback | 503 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 239mm x 43mm | 907g
- Publication date: 28 July 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0307269981
- ISBN 13: 9780307269980
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 121,836
Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine "Millennium, " has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. But he has no idea just how explosive the story will be until, on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander--the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, " and who now becomes the focus and fierce heart of "The Girl Who Played with Fire." As Blomkvist, alone in his belief in Salander's innocence, plunges into an investigation of the slayings, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.
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Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor in chief of the magazine "Expo" and a leading expert on antidemocratic, 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."
Praise for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo": "A remarkable first novel . . . Wildly suspenseful . . ." The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" has been a huge bestseller in Europe and will be one here if readers are looking for an intelligent, ingeniously plotted, utterly engrossing thriller that is variously a serial-killer saga, a search for a missing person and an informed glimpse into the worlds of journalism and business . . . It's a book that lingers in the mind . . . Lisbeth is a punk Watson to Mikael's dapper Holmes, and she's the coolest crime-fighting sidekick to come along in many years." --Patrick Anderson," Washington Post " "A super-smart amalgam of the corporate corruption tale, legal thriller and dysfunctional-family psychological suspense story. It's witty, and unflinching in its commonsense feminist social commentary . . . A veteran mystery reader could spot the clues to this novel's runaway popularity as easily as Poe's detective, Auguste Dupin, spotted that purloined letter . . . Larsson's multi-pieced plot snaps together as neatly as an Ikea bookcase, but even more satisfying is the anti-social character of Salander . . . I'm betting that this offbeat bad girl will win a lot of readers' affections." --Maureen Corrigan," Fresh Air" (NPR) "Imagine the movies of Ingmar Bergman crossed with Thomas Harris's novel" The Silence of the Lambs." Larsson's mesmerizing tale succeeds because, like P.D. James, he has written a why-dunit rather than a whodunit." --Deirdre Donahue," USA Today" ""The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is a striking novel. Just when I was thinking there wasn't anything new on the horizon, along comes Stieg Larsson with this wonderfullyunique story. I was completely absorbed." --Michael Connelly " "