Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about sex trafficking in Sweden are 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. Mikael Blomkvist, editor-in-chief of Millennium, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff and resources to prove Salander's innocence, Blomkvist also uncovers her terrible past, spent in criminally corrupt institutions. Yet Salander is more avenging angel than helpless victim. She may be an expert at staying out of sight - but she has ways of tracking down her most elusive enemies.
About the Author
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. Reg Keeland is an experienced translator from Swedish.
Larsson's (www.stieglarsson.net) second installment in his posthumously published "Millennium" trilogy follows The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2008), also available from Books on Tape and Random House Audio. (The final installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, will publish in May 2010.) Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in a compelling and tense revenge story in which multiple murders precede the publication of a story exposing a nationwide sex-trafficking operation. Audie Award winner Simon Vance's (see Behind the Mike, LJ 10/15/09) nuanced performance is superlative. Highly recommended. [The Knopf hc, published in August, was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Intelligent, complex, with a gripping plot and deeply intriguing characters - Philip Pullman, Guardian. A frighteningly suspenseful mystery - Harlen Coben. Brilliantly written and totally gripping - Minette Walters. As vivid as bloodstains on snow - Lee Child. 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. Star of the show is, once again, the brilliant and misanthropic computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, an eccentric and unique heroine...it is tightly orchestrated, with all the twists and turns of an old-fashioned spy novel, and the most jaw-dropping ending. It's a perfect summer read' Kate Mosse.
Think this was a slightly better book than the first. I am still not convinced the depth of character is there and I think Larsson writes much better for male characters than female. This book sees Salander more of a central character than the first and that makes an interesting change. It is good to have a central lead female character but I think the lack of depth is detracting. What I found to be very clever was the way this story was built up. Having read the first of the trilogy you know about Salander and Blomkvist, you know they have history and you know that somehow they will again cross paths. However this book keeps them separate for much of the plot although each is integral to the other. An enjoyable book that will keep you turning pages and gives enough to make you want to finish the trilogy with 'Hornets Nest'. Hard to understand the massive hype surrounding this trilogy, it is good but by no means the best I have read.
This was a great read. The first book in the series (Girl with a dragon tattoo) sets up the characters, allowing this book to flow much faster and with suspense. A real page turner - could hardly put the book down. Can't wait to get the next book in the series!
The planning that has gone into this book is amazing. It just works so well, in spite of its complexity of plot. The style is highly readable without being in any way complex in itself - simple style, complex plot. It works. Not sure at all a out the grave scene near the end, but I ran with it!
This is one of the best books that I have read. It is the sort of book that once you start reading it you can't stop. The author keeps you interested the whole way through the book. This is a very good read.
the 2nd in this trilogy from Larsson, an excellent read with lots of twists and turns in the plot. Set in atmospheric Sweden, Larssons hero is an unexpected character who constantly surprises - a great read. Be prepared for it to take over your life.....
I read the first book in this serious "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and enjoyed it so much (a five star read) that I had to read the second, "The Girl Who Played With Fire". Whilst I dont think it was as good as the first it was still a really good read. I think the only reason I didn't enjoy it as much was more the fact because it was translated into English and the names of people and places could some times get a little confusing. Saying that though I cant wait to read the last in the serious to see how things work out for Lisbeth and also Mikael.
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