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The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
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Oct 02, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, thriller, mystery
Read in October, 2009


Another rip-roaring ride from Stieg Larsson, and in terms of pacing, probably better than the first book. In this second part of the trilogy, we learn more about the mysterious Lisbeth Salander, computer genius with the photographic memory, the abused childhood and the rootless, almost friendless life.

At the beginning of this book, she has left Sweden to travel around the world, in part because the financial muckraking journalist she fell in love with, Mikael Blomkvist, had shown interest in someone else and she decided she would cut off all relations with him -- a separation he never understood and that this book will slowly repair.

Mikael and his editor at Millennium magazine are now working on publishing an expose of the sex trade in Sweden, and particularly the politicians, police officers and others who let it thrive. Their plans are turned upside down when the author of the expose, his wife and a lawyer are suddenly found dead, and Lisbeth Salander's fingerprints are found on the murder weapon.

Salander is able to hide from the authorities, but she is initially the only suspect. Because Blomkvist believes in her, though, other possible explanations for the killing slowly emerge, and then, the end of the novel moves into a gallop as Lisbeth tries to take matters into her own hands.

No spoiler alert here: It's too much fun to see how it unravels.
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Doug Bradshaw The overall story is far fetched, but you have to love the whole idea of Lisbeth, don't you? A very sympathetic yet twisted character.


Mark Doug wrote: "The overall story is far fetched, but you have to love the whole idea of Lisbeth, don't you? A very sympathetic yet twisted character."

Agreed on both


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