With the continuation of the millennium trilogy, this book was just as good, if not superior to the first! Can't wait to read the third and then watch the movies. A brilliant trilogy – would certainly recommend!
Part 2 of the Trilogy – by now you know the characters and the plot starts to thicken…a real can't put it done sort of book. I was even reading it in my lunch hour at work!
Very hard to put down. I can't wait to start the third one.
Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society – but no-one can find her anywhere. Meanwhile, Mikael Blomkvist, editor-in-chief of Millennium, will not believe what he hears on the news. Knowing Salander to be fierce when fearful, he is desperate to get to her before she is cornered and alone. As he fits the pieces of the puzzle together, he comes up against some hardened criminals, including the chainsaw-wielding ‘blond giant’ – a fearsomely huge thug who can feel no pain. Digging deeper, Blomkvist also unearths some heart-wrenching facts about Salander's past life. Committed to psychiatric care aged 12, declared legally incompetent at 18, this is a messed-up young woman who is the product of an unjust and corrupt system. Yet Lisbeth is more avenging angel than helpless victim – descending on those that have hurt her with a righteous anger terrifying in its intensity and truly wonderful in its outcome.
‘Brilliantly written and totally gripping’ Minette Walters.
“The essential first step to appreciating Stieg Larsson is to rid yourself of any fixed image you have of Swedish crime fiction. If Mankell is Swedish gloomy, Larsson is Swedish noir. Very . . . Lisbeth is a heroine like no other in crime fiction . . . Her mental and physical strengths are beyond those of ordinary humans. Yet Larsson’s writing manages to make her intriguing, admirable and even sympathetic. . . The Girl who Played with Fire becomes an absorbing, exciting and bloody multi-layered chase . . . A riveting read.” -Times
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 – Anders Wennberg, Gefle Dagblad.
… absorbing and exciting – highly recommended – The Literary Review.
‘Intelligent, complex, with a gripping plot and deeply intriguing characters’ Philip Pullman, Guardian.
‘In her (Salander) Larsson has created a heroine unique to detective fiction. Where else can you find a bisexual female detective with punk-era fashion sense who just happens to be an expert computer hacker?’ Independent.
“This second novel is even more gripping and astonishing than the first . . . Conscious of the way crime and other networks transcend national boundaries, it’s a very modern novel. What makes it outstanding is the author’s ability to handle dozens of characters and parallel narratives without ever losing tension. Larsson was a fantastic storyteller. This novel will leave readers on the edge of their seats.” -Sunday Times
“The best thriller I’ve read in ages . . . If you want a book to take on your lifetime trip on the Trans-Siberian railway, The Girl Who Played With Fire is the one.”-Evening Herald
“Umberto Eco transposed Sherlock Holmes to a different time and genre and imported learning from history, theology, philology and other disciplines. Larsson’s [books are] likewise an enjoyable and instructive compendium of pop-culture references and academic knowledge . . . Salander is recognisably a Lara Croft for grown-ups-a female Terminator . . . [She is] the huge pleasure of these books, a fascinating creation with a complete and complex psychology.”-Guardian
The thriller of the decade – Evene.fr.
Stieg Larsson was the editor-in-chief of the anti-racist magazine Expo. He was a leading expert on right-wing extremist organisations. He died in 2004, soon after delivering the text of the novels that make up the Millennium Trilogy.
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