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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 After reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo twice, I turned to The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larsson's second in his trilogy of books that feature Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. I loved the almost leisurely beginning of this one where Lisbeth is found vacationing in the tropics, enjoying the sun and carrying around not the latest best seller, but a very large mathematics book which she is studying. She has given Mikael Blomkvist the cold shoulder now for a long time, but with no reason. In the meantime, Blomkvist, along with his Millenium staff, are working on an account of exposing members of a sex trafficking ring, which they plan on publishing sometime in the near future. Mikael stops by the apartment of two friends who have information on some of the traffickers, and upon entering the apartment, finds the two shot dead. A piece of evidence at the crime scene links it to Lisbeth Salander, and the hunt starts for her as the prime suspect in this crime. During the second half of the book, there is a lot of action and suspense, and the ending is extremely surprising, leaving me with that "I can't wait to find out" feeling again. I love Lisbeth's character for her strength and self-sufficiency and also her brilliance. I love Mikael Blomkvist for his dedication as a friend and his cool-headedness. There are also characters who appear in the novel who deserve my loathing. While waiting for the third and final installment in the trilogy, I read this one a second time, too. If you haven't read these books, start with the first one or else you'll be lost. They are well worth the time spent reading them.
This novel is such an amazing and thrilling sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. This novel picked up immediately with a suspenseful plotline and I was hooked. I was very glad that I forced myself through the first novel. I absolutely loved that this book centered around Lisbeth. We really got to know her personality and dug into
her background by the end of the book. As I commented on in the novel, it is absolutely clear that she does NOT have Asperger's Syndrome, however her life difficulties and resistance to authority during school led adults to try to label her with something. So I was very pleased that without a formal education, Lisbeth picked up books to learn about everything, including math. Being a mathematician myself, I was so pleased to see that she picked up Dimesions in Mathematics, and used its contents as a parallelism to the plotline. I also loved the Pippi Longstocking references in such a serious novel just because Pippi was such a innocent character full of life. Hmmm...doesn't that ring true about Lisbeth? Larsson really proved himself a terrific writer with a great ability to tie all ends together in this novel, including bring the information from the first novel into the second. I am utterly anxious to begin the last novel as Lisbeth sets forth to prove her innocence.
When I first read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I was so impressed. Here was a very unique book written by a MAN who seemed to be genuinely sensitive, understanding and empathic to women who have, far too often in history, been the victims of violence from anything emotionally/verbally, physically and sexually abusive at the hands of their significant others to being brutally assaulted sexually and murdered by serial killers who they had never even had previous contact with. Stieg Larsson really got it! Oh happy day! This book, a sequel to the abovementioned novel, is EVEN BETTER if you could believe that were possible. It gets down and deep into the life of a one Lisbeth Salander who early on became the victim of sexual assault, falling through the cracks of an inefficient and overburdened child welfare system in Sweden only to be sexually assaulted again. Much as something like this could happen in the United States, she is labeled and discarded as a psychopathic lesbian Satanist while such "pillars of society" as judges, police officers and journalists run free exploiting women from Eastern Europe deceived into the sex trade. Of course when three individuals are found murdered, one of them Salander's former guardian who had sexually assaulted her previously, it is automatically assumed that Salander is the perpetrator. How reminiscent of the more intelligent, skilled and resourceful women in history who the minute they showed ANY backbone in their own defense they were often labeled "witches" and it was justified by "the system" to have them burnt at the stake! I am not done reading the book, have only completed 398 pages of the 630 it contains but I was compelled to write this review. I have been a social worker for 32 years many of them spent working with victims of domestic violence. It bothers me that churches do not spend more time praying for the victims of violence both women and children and instead spent an inordinate of time praying for the "rights of the unborn". What about the rights of those who have already made it into this world? Do THEY not count? Anyway here's to hoping Salander has a happy ending at the end of this book. At the point where I am at now she seems to be in a great deal of trouble based solely on circumstantial evidence.
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