The first reviews from the UK:
"This second novel is even more gripping and astonishing than the first . . . Conscious of the way crime and other networks transcend national boundaries, it's a very modern novel. What makes it outstanding is the author's ability to handle dozens of characters and parallel narratives without ever losing tension. Larsson was a fantastic storyteller. This novel will leave readers on the edge of their seats."
""The best thriller I've read in ages . . . If you want a book to take on your lifetime trip on the Trans-Siberian railway, "The Girl Who Played With Fire" is the one."
-"Evening Herald "(Ireland)
"Umberto Eco transposed Sherlock Holmes to a different time and genre and imported learning from history, theology, philology and other disciplines. Larsson's [books are] likewise an enjoyable and instructive compendium of pop-culture references and academic knowledge . . . Salander is recognisably a Lara Croft for grown-ups-a female Terminator . . . [She is] the huge pleasure of these books, a fascinating creation with a complete and complex psychology."
"The essential first step to appreciating Stieg Larsson is to rid yourself of any fixed image you have of Swedish crime fiction. If Mankell is Swedish gloomy, Larsson is Swedish noir. Very . . . Lisbeth is a heroine like no other in crime fiction . . . Her mental and physical strengths are beyond those of ordinary humans. Yet Larsson's writing manages to make her intriguing, admirable and even sympathetic. . . "The Girl who Played with Fire" becomes an absorbing, exciting and bloody multi-layered chase . . . A riveting read."
-"Times" 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 wonderfully unique story. Iwas completely absorbed." --Michael Connelly