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Author: Stieg Larrson
Paperback: 630 pages
Publisher: Vintage; 1st edition (March 23, 2010)
Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposeé on social injustice, The Girl Who Played with Fireis a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel. Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander's innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.
The Girl Who Played With Fire exceeds my expectations. It is way better than The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Salander grew and became more mature. After the last incident where she saw Mikael with Berger, she traveled, changed her appearance but still monitored her guardian Bjurman.
The book drives into her past, allows the reader to understand the nature behind Salander’s behavior. There are new characters introduced, mostly from the police force. The old characters are still there.
The book embarked on several topics such as media, police corruption, authority abuse, conspiracy but concentrated more on sex trade. Even though it’s quite longer than what I expected, every page keeps the fire going and you’d want to know how it will end. Unlike the first book which merely introduced the main characters and could suffice as stand-alone, you do not need to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo first to understand this one.
The Girl Who Played With Fire gripping novel filled with exciting twists, turns and revelations. Lisbeth is one of a kind, she’s a real survivor – thanks to the cigar case on this book. Couldn’t wait to read the last of the trilogy. Larsson is an amazing author, I wished he could’ve lived longer to write more exciting novels.
“There are no innocents. There are, however, different degrees of responsibility.”
“Men could be as big as a house and made of granite, but they all had balls in the same place.”