The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire

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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 well-known 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.

As Blomkvist, alone in his belief in Salander's innocence, plunges into an investigation of the slayings, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780307269980
0307269981
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 503 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Keeland, Reg 1943-

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silkmilk
Apr 30, 2019

Although the story keeps you reading the book drags a bit. What I really did not like is that the characters are way over the top in this book: the maniac and cruel giant who feels no pain and gets horribly frightened in the (slightest) dark , the boxer who happens to just show up to beat up the unbeatable giant, the main character who hacks into any computer, security system and police records within minutes and leaves no trace ever (!!!!) and cannot die even when she gets shot in the head and buried under ground , the journalist who always happens to be at the right place at the right time even if he has no clue where he is going and finds the most remote locations simply by accident/luck and figures out the hacker in spite of her never leaving any trace, the guy who has an axe stuck in his face but still screams for hours....... Just to name a few things that bothered me about the book.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 20, 2019

Man, I should have been a computer hacker or private investigative journalist! and I have a sudden urge to shop at Ikea. Seriously good book!

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mogie
Sep 06, 2018

I really enjoyed this book and recommended it to others before I finished it. I wouldn't read it again, but I was hooked from the first page. I read the first one ages ago and didn't really remember it but you don't have to to understand this plot. I really zoomed through it! Ready for the next one. I hope it doesn't disappoint.

DBRL_KrisA Oct 29, 2017

4.5 stars out of 5

In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth Salander was not the central character; she played a vital role, but the book was more about Mikael Blomkvist figuring out a mystery. In this second book, the focus is decidedly on Salander. There is still a mystery for Blomkvist (and the reader) to figure out, but the emphasis is much more on Lisbeth and her past. Lisbeth is not a likable person; as one of the characters says, she shows some traits of a person with Aspberger's, but she also has traits that blow that diagnosis out of the water. She has almost no emotional affect, and is ruthlessly cruel to people she views as her enemies. But strangely, we want to cheer for her - partly because her enemies are horrible, horrible people.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story - right up to the very end. But that ending, which leaves most everything unresolved, is what makes me give the book less than five stars.

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CrochetCat374
Sep 19, 2015

Excellent follow-up to the first book. Salander's mysterious background is finally revealed, and the mystery develops more and more layers as the novel progresses. There's an implicit critique of misogyny, the police force, and the media circuses that develop around sensational cases. The book ended on quite the cliffhanger--I can't wait to move on to the third installment.

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ebbalytle
Feb 04, 2015

I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it. Although it had some disturbing things in it, they were kept in the background and the mystery was the main objective. This next book brought those things to the forefront, however, and I just can't read two more books about women being abused by men at this time. Perhaps I will try to read this book at some later date, but not now. For now I shall choose lighter books. :)

I_sing_the_Body_Electric Aug 27, 2014

This second book focuses more on Lisbeth Salander, which I loved, and introduces newer characters. I agree that this book drags a bit, especially in the middle, but the ending has a great cliffhanger. Not as good as the first book but still good.

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roronoa_z
Jun 20, 2014

I couldn't stop reading it. It was even better than the first one.

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okrah
Nov 08, 2013

A bittersweet read. This was the best of the 3 books, but author Larsson's death means that I will never meet Camilla in the next trilogy. People who only saw the movies are at least blissfully ignorant of Camilla's existence.

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StarGladiator
Oct 20, 2013

Of the three books of Stieg's trilogy, like the movie (the Swedish version, that is) not the best, but definitely worth the read. This one ties the first and final together, while fleshing out the character of Lisbeth Salander, and explaining the background of her menacious father, a required part of the story.

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Rotca1 Aug 10, 2012

The much abused superwoman Lisbeth Salander finds the man who is the root of her troubles or does he find her first and will she live to tell about it ... ?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 05, 2012

On the eve of publisher Mikael Blomkvist's story about sex trafficking between Eastern Europe and Sweden, two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Mikael 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 years before.

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