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The Girl Who Played With Fire [Hardcover]

Stieg Larsson
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July 28 2009

The electrifying follow-up to the phenomenal best seller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The fierce heart of this novel is Lisbeth Salander: the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who teamed up with crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

This time, Lisbeth is implicated in a murder: her fingerprints found on the weapon used to kill two journalists the night before their explosive story about sex trafficking in Sweden was set to be published. Now, while Blomkvist—alone in his belief in her innocence—plunges into his own investigation of the slayings, Lisbeth is drawn into a 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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“Exciting and … crisply written … [Larsson] succeeds admirably, filling the book with compelling crime-solving action.” - Toronto Star

“A nail-biting tale of murder and cover-ups in which the victims are tantalizingly hard to distinguish from the villains…. Believe the hype…. It’s gripping stuff.” - People

“The Girl Who Played with Fire confirms the impression left by Dragon Tattoo…. Consistently enthralling.” - The Washington Post

“Lisbeth Salander could be the female Jason Bourne…. It’s an intelligent, fascinating story that draws readers in, and keeps them turning the page.” - Associated Press

“More than matches its predecessor.” - The Sunday Times (U.K.)

“Readers who… have been waiting impatiently for this sequel … will not be disappointed. The Girl Who Played with Fire is, if anything, even better than Larsson’s brilliant debut. This novel has great characters and a superb and complex plot.” - The Globe and Mail

“In Salander, Larsson has bottled lightning . . . The Girl Who Played with Fire buzzes with ideas [and] fizzes with fury.” - Los Angeles Times

“The Girl Who Played with Fire is that rare thing a sequel that is even better than the book that went before … it is to be read in great hungry chunks.” - Observer (UK)

“When a writer delivers such a complex and fascinating portrayal like that of Lisbeth Salander all we can do is bow down in gratitude. It doesn’t get much better than this.” - Gefle Dagblad (Sweden)

“As good as crime writing gets.” - Times Literary Supplement (UK)

“All my experienced reader’s critical defenses [were] swept away…. Welcome to the immortality of fiction, Lisbeth Salander!” - El País (Spain)

“Picture Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft endowed with Mr. Spock’s intense braininess … [Lisbeth] Salander is back…. Salander and Blomkvist, transcend their genre and insinuate themselves in the reader’s mind through their oddball individuality, their professional competence and, surprisingly, their emotional vulnerability.” - The New York Times

“Salander [is] one of the most startling, engaging heroines in recent memory…. Some of the books’ appeal comes from the Swedish setting, but most of it is a result of the author writing from the heart, not from a formula. Larsson clearly loved his brave misfit Lisbeth. And so will you.” - USA Today

“Combine[s] edge-of-the-seat action with searing social critique…. [Protagonist] Salander has such fire and heft…. The air of sizzling enigma that she leaves in her wake only intensifies as Larsson’s galloping prose twists the plot…. His writing often feels like keen-edged steel.” - Independent (UK)

“It would be all too easy to describe.... ‘just like the previous book but even better’ but instead I’ll describe why. The focus in the second book shifts squarely to Lisbeth Salander.” - National Post

“Larsson’s minimalist prose is frosted with Scandinavian cool—and [the books] are fantastically plausible…. It’s refreshing to read crime fiction that burns with such blue-flame intensity in which every word counts.” - San Antonio Express-News

”Gripping…. Once the machine starts rolling—it runs on Larsson’s uncanny talent for large casts and ricocheting plot turns…. There’s no question [Lisbeth] will endure as the legacy of a hugely skilled author who left us much too soon.” - Georgia Straight

“An absorbing, exciting and bloody multi-layered chase…. Riveting.” - Times (UK)

“Utterly gripping…. Larsson’s style is gritty and realistic…. Larsson’s novels are spectacular. What a pity there are only three.” - The Edmonton Journal

“Warning—addictive thriller. All who taste it get hooked!” - Elle

“This complex novel is not just a thrilling read, but tackles head-on the kind of issues that Larsson himself railed against … endemic establishment corruption and the exploitation of women.” - Daily Mail (UK)

“Another gripping, stay-up-all-night read.” - Entertainment Weekly

“Larsson is, as we say, definitely having a moment … the writing is gripping, the plotting masterly.” - Sunday Times (UK)

“If you haven’t already read Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, put down this review, go out and buy a copy right now…. If you’ve finished Tattoo, then nothing is going to dissuade you from picking up Volume 2.” - Newsday

“The huge pleasure of these books is Salander, a fascinating creation with a complete and complex psychology.” - Guardian (UK)

“Given the enormous craft shown in the first two books, it’s not stretching it to say that Larsson will be remembered as one of the most revered writers of the early 21st century. He’s blessed with both depth and killer wit…. Fiendishly transfixing…. You might as well give up on the idea of sleep till you’ve finished the book.” - Dallas Morning News

“Suspenseful, remarkably moving … Salander is … a complete original, larger than life yet firmly grounded in realistic detail, utterly independent yet at her core a wounded and frightened child.” - Booklist

“Complex and compelling storytelling at its best.” - Library Journal (starred)

“Fans of postmodern mystery will revel in Larsson’s latest…. While endlessly complex, the plot has the requisite chases, cliffhangers and bloodshed. Not to mention Fermat’s theorem.” - Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Expo from 1999, and had previously worked at a major news agency for many years. He was one of the world’s leading experts on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist and Nazi organisations, and he was often consulted on that account. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in November 2004, some time before the publication of his debut crime novel and first part of the Millennium Trilogy.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Novel I've Read So Far in 2009 Aug. 10 2009
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
"Godly people find life; evil people find death." -- Proverbs 11:19

If you enjoyed Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, you're in for a treat: This is Lisbeth's story, explaining how such a brilliant woman came to be a ward of the state, taken "care of" by a pervert lawyer. What's more, she's on the run . . . first from her disappointment in loving Mikael Blomkvist, and later from the authorities who rely on circumstantial evidence to decide that she's a murderer. With all of Sweden after her, can Lisbeth outwit her foes?

The story is very much a David and Goliath conflict: Tiny Lisbeth is pitted against rich, powerful, and evil enemies who wish her the very worst they can wish. In developing that theme, Stieg Larsson raises fascinating fundamental questions about duality in the reader's mind such as when strength is weakness and weakness is strength, when doing good leads to evil and when doing evil leads to doing good, when friendship is more important than love and love leads to friendship, what the basis for personal morality should be and when public morality is immoral, and how the family bonds can be horrible while friendship bonds can be redeeming. You'll walk away from this book with a more objective view of the next news story you read about a crime and its punishment.

Stieg Larsson makes quite a bit of Lisbeth's extraordinary intellect. When she's running circles around conventional people, you'll feel like you are reading all about Robin Hood again. Those sections provide something of a letdown however for readers when they have to go back to following the conventional people as they bumble around. I found myself impatient for the next dose of Lisbeth several times in the book's middle.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PIPPI LONGSTOCKINGS - THE GROWNUP VERSION Aug. 21 2009
Lisbeth Salander is one of the most original and intriguing characters to appear in modern literature for a very long time. When was the last time you came across a featherweight female boxer with more than a touch of Asperger's syndrome; with strong kung-fu when it comes to computer hacking skills and an unstoppable fighting spirit when it comes to physical blows; with a photographic memory and an uncanny ability to grasp mathematics; a master of social engineering and a ghost of disguises; a formidable chess player and an enemy few people could afford to make?
It is Pipi Longstockings with breast implants, real guns and a killer PowerBook!

Whereas the first installment of the MILLENNIUM Trilogy was more on publisher Mikael Blomkvist and his quest to solve a decades old locked-room/island mystery, this second book gives us a ample view on Lisbeth's history as she straggles to clear her name of a triple murder. She had both motive and opportunity and all physical evidence points to her. Was she desperate enough to actually have done it? What could possibly push her over the edge?

Women trafficking, rogue agents of the Soviet GRU and the Swedish Sapo trying to keep their crimes in the shadows, biker gangs and obscure members of Lisbeth's family all interweave in a very absorbing story that kept me turning pages into the morning hours.
And amongst the fog of all this war, Lisbeth comes up with Fermat's alleged elegant solution to his Last Theorem on her own (no, unfortunately the solution is not described in detail).

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
There's a reason why Mr. Larsson's series of three Millenium books is so hot in Europe. The books are based on excellent character development and elusive, but ultimately credible plots. Knowing that the third book in the series won't be available in English until January 2010, I didn't want the "The Girl Who Played With Fire" to end, but that didn't stop me from putting on a full-court press to finish the book - that's how keen I was to read on! It's a great piece of mystery fiction. Lisbeth Salander, the "Girl" referred to in the title, is an extraordinary character who lives on in the imagination well beyond the pages of the books.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By R. Nicholson TOP 500 REVIEWER
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"The Girl who Played with Fire" is the second book in the Millennium Trilogy by author Stieg Larsson. The book is 724 pages in length. Although not a direct continuation of book I, there are obvious connecting references.


A line from page 667 of this book sums up the theme for this book perfectly, I quote...

"Salander was a woman who hated men who hate women."

In this book we are reacquainted again with journalist Mikael Blomkvist and computer-hacker extraordinaire, Lisbeth Salander. Journalist friends of Blomkvist have been murdered and the suddenly missing Salander is the main suspect. A wild and expansive police hunt is begun in order to bring the 'fugitive' to justice.



The book reads like a summertime bestseller meant to be consumed at the beach while the kids are off making sand-castles. Although a fast and easy read, it is not particularly well written and I don't feel that this is something entirely related to the book being translated from Swedish to English. There is a degree of shock, sex, violence and doing things to inexplicably put oneself in harms way that smacks of amateurish bestseller-ism.

The police force seems at least as interested in its own sense of hierarchy as it is in solving the murder. Talk about a dysfunctional group with their own agendas! Clues are not followed up on correctly...some problems are solved (or not) by random luck or convenience.

Many characters in the novel missed important communications by leaving their cell phones turned off or lost contact because of low batteries. Just hard to believe in a murder investigation that has riveted the country.

And finally, the coffee reference (in my title)...
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 22 days ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book.
Published 1 month ago by Shawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This was a captivating novel; I just couldn't put it down. This sequel is even better than the first book to which I gave top marks... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pat the cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good writing for a dead guy
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Sequels
This book is one of the best sequels I've ever read to the first volume, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Highly recommended.
Published 4 months ago by Paige Lacy
5.0 out of 5 stars Essentially the first volume of a two part story completed by The Girl...
The best crime fiction written in the last 10 years, and sadly the second last of Stieg Larsson's wonderful books. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert T. Boyter
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Who Played With Fire
Read all the books in the trilogy. Need to take your time and read all the novels in the proper sequence so good!
Published 5 months ago by coccotoro
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even bothered
After reading the first installment, I was very distrubed. So when I started reading this one, I was even more disturbed as it started even more violently so I just stopped... Read more
Published 5 months ago by martin rivard
1.0 out of 5 stars Girl Who Played With Fire
This was one of the worst books I have ever read. This man can't write. Probably just as well he had a heart attack and died before producing any more books in this series. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Flower
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cliffhanger
A Good read and a great preparation for the final book. I really enjoyed the intrigue and the mysteries solved one after another just to sprout out more each time.
Published 15 months ago by Mitt
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