The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire

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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, Millennium magazine's legendary star reporter, 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 130 x 195 x 40mm | 358.33g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1906694184
  • 9781906694180
  • 101

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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 more

About Stieg Larsson

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 more

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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)show more

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The book left me totally disillusioned as to how well Sweden is organized and how justly. I've always pictured Sweden as a very civilized country, with a fair and strong welfare system. After this book, I think something is rotten in the kingdom of ...Sweden. I would have liked more of Salander in the book. The end is also not an ending at all. I actually had to check that my book wasn't missing more
by eleniaggeliki
Mikael Bloomkvist, Millenium publisher, has been approached by a journalist with a well-researched investigation into sex trafficking. Bloomkvist cannot resist becoming involved: he has built a reputation through exposing corrupt Swedish establishment figures. Bloomkvist's attempts to contact Lisbeth Salander (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) have largely been unsuccessful: she is avoiding him in person while closely monitoring his activities via his computer. Salander's own past draws her inexorably into the sex trafficking investigation. And then there are three murders. Evidence indicates that Salander was involved, but she disappears. Bloomkvist believes that she is innocent and tries to find her, and to work out who the killer really is. It's a race against time as Salander is not only being sought by Bloomkvist and the police. Two stories unfold simultaneously in this novel. First, there is the investigation into the murders which encompasses the sex trafficking investigation. Secondly, there is Lisbeth Salander's traumatic past. The action moves between different sets of characters: the police investigation; an investigation by the private security investigator who once employed Salander; by Bloomkvist and also Salander's own activities. In the world inhabited by Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Bloomkvist, coincidence certainly seems to play a large part, yet this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. Sure, some of the action seemed over the top and some of the characters - especially the bad guys - are stereotypes. But the central characters of Mikael Bloomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are flawed and enigmatic, and that is enough for me. This is the second book in the Millennium Trilogy, and I would strongly recommend reading them in order. Jennifer Cameron-Smithshow more
by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
The sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo did not disappoint and is just as good as the first one even better. A review long overdue but I was just too excited to start the next and last of the millennium series. Cutting all ties and contact from Blomkvist with him not knowing the reason, while she travels around the world Mikael still faithfully visits Lisbeth's last know address regularly but fruitlessly. Blomkvist became a celebrity after his explosive events and expose' of Wennestrom affair, was approached by a promising journalist to be a publisher of a well researched book that deals with the awful truth trade of teenage girl trafficking Sweden. Another perfect slam of investigative journalism effort but things take a dramatic turn. We get new villains and we are revisited by some of the old ones. A much more personal one to Blomkvist since Lisbeth is accused to have murdered 2 people and 1 lawyer. Each chapter brings new twist and turn, will make you keep guessing "who is What?" and "what's next?". Found this one more fast paced that the first one, the author left it just at a point when you NEED to read more but it isn't a drastic cliff hanger but I am now eagerly and very impatiently waiting how will it end. I'm right in the middle of the third one, amazing!show more
by R.D-Diaz
This novel is the follow-on to 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo', and should ideally be read after finishing 'The Girl' (I rushed straight out to buy this book, and the third novel in the trilogy). It focuses on the same main characters but a different story-line. It's interesting and very thorough in it's exploration of Swedish politics and policing - it will appeal to anyone globally however, not just those interested in Sweden. The story moves at a fast pace, albeit over a relatively short period of time, the characters develop further and although the main male character, Mikael Blomkvist, can be a little irritating (every woman seems to fall madly in love with him) the story told from his view-point is a good one. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in crime and conspiracies, do read 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' first though, if more
by Patricia O\'Connor
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