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The Girl Who Played with Fire Kindle Edition by Stieg Larsson

Click Here to Download the Book Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating wellknown and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. But he has no idea just how explosive the story will be until, on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander--the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and who now becomes the focus and fierce heart of The Girl Who Played with Fire.

Reviews W-O-W! This book was phenomenal! After reading Dragon Tattoo, which I really enjoyed, I just wasn't left with a burning desire to immediately jump into the next book so I took my time getting to it. However, this book was everything Dragon Tattoo was, plus everything it was lacking. Larsson follows the same kind of plot format that he did with the first book - a story within a story - only this time the first and last bits didn't bore me to tears. The opening catches up with Salander about a year after the last book ended - she has been travelling a bit, learning complicated math, and still investigating those people around her. Blomkvist is back at the magazine and the next scandalous expose, this time about sex trafficking, lands in his hands. The expose would implicate many high-society people, cops, journalists, and sleaze-balls. I don't want to give too much away but the sex trafficking story is intricately woven into Salander's story of running from the law that leads to a rekindling of the unlikely partnership between the journalist and the genius social-outlier. There was a total OMG! twist at the end that I never saw coming! Seriously, it was a jawdropper. Now I can't wait for the final installment of the Millennium Trilogy - The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest which I have no doubt will seal Larsson's immortality.

I would highly recommend that one read the first part of the trilogy (Dragon Tattoo) before reading Fire. Then you will enjoy this book far more than if you did not. I must say that Dragon was a superior book but you will enjoy Fire as well. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. We learn more about Salander,and her parents but we are left hanging about her sister Camilla (maybe she will show up in part 3, the Hornets’ nest). This fast moving multilayered thriller concerns a multiple murder investigation that is carried on by 3 parallel parties: the police, Blomkvist and Salander. The complex areas where Salander intersects international espionage, official corruption, sex trafficking and Swedish politics is what makes this book tick. The ending is rather abrupt and


somewhat unbelievable - one learns that a Browning .22 does far less harm than a Sig Sauer and that hunting ammo is far more lethal than an ordinary bullet. Larsson's books are among the best fiction books I have read. I can’t wait for the the final book and I am sorry that there won’t be any more due to the untimely death of the author.

The Girl Who Played With Fire is an enjoyable, page-turning sophomore addition to the trilogy, and it definitely delivered the excitement that has come to be Stieg Larsson standard fare. It's probably a good idea to warn sensitive readers that these books are rather sexually explicit, so if that bothers you, you should probably skip the series. I'm not thrilled to read about the sex, but I am intrigued by the Asperger's character of Lisbeth. Larsson manages to describe her in such a way that you're not completely sure if she fits on the spectrum or not, but she sure has a lot of the characteristics. He also writes an Asperger's character that is admirable and exciting. Sure, she doesn't always fit into societal standards, but she sure does know how to manage those ruffians from the Russian mafia... Another thing that I like about this book is the concept of "friendship" between Lisbeth and Blomquivst. Lisbeth is hurt after she sees Blomquivst with his editor/girlfriend, and in the first novel she decides to cut ties with him. In this novel, she is accused of murdering two people who were going to expose police ties with sex crimes in Sweden, but Blomquivst doesn't believe that she's capable of such a thing. He spends his time in this book trying to find out who actually did commit the murders, and trying to prove Lisbeth's innocence. He is one loyal friend, to be sure. The interesting thing about this friendship is that it began as an employer/employee relationship, turned into an affair, and in this second book has bloomed into a deep friendship, at least on Blomquivst's part. I enjoy the fact that he has such regard for Lisbeth's mental skills, and in return, she develops an appreciation for his incredible loyalty to her. There were a lot of twists and turns in this particular novel, with some great surprises at the end that I found unexpected. This is not great literature, but is definitely a fun read.

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