The Girl Who Played with Fire
Book 2 of the Millennium Trilogy
By Stieg Larsson
(Vintage, Mass Market Paperback, 9780307949509, 752pp.)
Publication Date: November 22, 2011
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Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposé on social injustice, The Girl Who Played with Fire is 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.
Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on antidemocratic right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
“[A] gripping, stay-up-all-night read.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Boasts an intricate, puzzle-like story line . . . even as it accelerates toward its startling and violent conclusion.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Gripping stuff. . . . A nail-biting tale of murder and cover-ups.”—People
“You might as well give up on the idea of sleep till you’ve finished the book.”—Dallas Morning News
“Buzzes with ideas [and] fizzes with fury.”—Los Angeles Times
“[A] dynamite thriller.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
“Lisbeth Salander [is] one of the most startling, engaging heroines in recent memory.”—USA Today
“Brilliant. . . .Grabbed me and kept me reading with eyes wide open.”—Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle
“I couldn’t put down The Girl Who Played with Fire and eagerly await book three. . . . You must find out what happens next.”—Erica Marcus, Newsday
“Lisbeth Salander could be the female Jason Bourne . . . It’s an intelligent, fascinating story that draws readers in, and keeps them turning the page.” —Associated Press
“A combustible new thriller . . . Extremely well-written—Larsson’s minimalist prose is frosted with Scandinavian cool. . . . Burns with blue-flame intensity. . . . Larsson keeps a tight rein on the bullet-train plot.”—San Antonio Express-News
“A dynamite thriller.” —Variety
“Fantastic . . . Like all the great stories of just avengers that populate literature, this trilogy is secretly comforting, making us think that maybe all is not lost in this imperfect and deceitful world of ours. . . . Welcome to the immortality of fiction, Lisbeth Salander!”—Mario Vargas Llosa, El País
“Enthralling. . . . Confirms the impression left by Dragon Tattoo.” —Washington Post
“Will likely confirm Larsson’s position as the most successful crime novelist in the world.” —Slate