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The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire

CD-Audio Millennium Trilogy

By (author) Stieg Larsson, Read by Martin Wenner

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: CD-Audio | 6 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 138mm x 14mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 8 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1906694141
  • ISBN 13: 9781906694142
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Abridged edition
  • Sales rank: 30,820

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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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Stieg Larsson was the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Expo. He was a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist organisations. He died in 2004, soon after delivering the text of the novels that make up the Millennium Trilogy. Martin Wenner has starred in several films including Another Country and The Rainbow, and has also worked with Radio 3.

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Crime fiction has seldom needed to salute and mourn such a stellar talent as Larsson's in the same breath - Sunday Times A striking novel, full of passion, an evocative sense of place and subtle insights into venal, corrupt minds - Observer Larsson's writing managed to make her (Salander) intriguing, admirable, even sympathetic ... an absorbing, exciting and bloody multi-layered chase ... the climax is a feast of gore ... the urgency of Larsson's prose prevents boredom in reading a book that otherwise would be regarded as over-long ... a riveting read - The Times. The book is packed with incident, thrills, characters, rich details and plot revelations ... truly powerful ... a stunning, emotionally draining climax - Euro Crime ...sent me reeling ... I can say quite confidently that the second book is one of the greatest works of fiction, not just crime fiction ... by the end of the Girl Who Played With Fire, I found myself practically tearing through the pages as if hidden in the story were something as important as the secret to eternity - Ali Karim, The Rap Sheet. ... a gripping novel, driven by a mixture of anger and warmth - Financial Times

Editorial reviews

Tangled but worthy follow-up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2008), also starring journo extraordinaire Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, the Lara Crofts of the land of the midnight sun. That's not quite right: Lisbeth is really a Baltic MacGyver with a highly developed sense of outrage, a sociopathic bent and brand-new breast implants, to say nothing of a well-stuffed bankbook. The late Larsson's sequel does not absolutely require knowledge of its predecessor, but it helps, given the convoluted back story and the allusive, sometimes loopy structure of the present book. In all events, Lisbeth bears her trademark dragon tattoo still, but her wasp is gone, for a curious reason: "The wasp was too conspicuous and it made her too easy remember and identify. Salander did not want to be remembered or identified." She cuts a fine figure all the same on the beach at Grenada, where she falls into a sticky skein of intrigue involving the usual suspects: self-righteous crusaders, bored Club Med types and some very nasty characters on both sides of what used to be called the Iron Curtain. So sticky is the plot, in fact, that Lisbeth finds herself accused of committing murder. It's a predicament that the utterly self-reliant but unworldly hacker (when we catch up with her, she's reading a mathematics treatise picked up during one of her frequent visits to university bookshops) needs Blomkvist's help to get out of. Some of the traditional elements of the espionage thriller turn up in Larsson's pages, while others are turned on their head - sometimes literally, at least where the romantic bits come in. Still, while endlessly complex, the plot has the requisite chases, cliffhangers and bloodshed. Not to mention Fermat's theorem.Fans of postmodern mystery will revel in Larsson's latest. Those who prefer the old Jason Bourne (or Mr. Ripley, for that matter) to the Matt Damon variant may not be quite as wowed. (Kirkus Reviews)