Monday, April 4, 2011

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Genre: Mystey; Suspense

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Series: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; The Girl Who Played with Fire; The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

How I acquired this book: I purchased it.

Book Blurb: Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazineMillennium, 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.

My Review: Another addictive story, even if Blomkvist is still entangling himself in too many love affairs. I like his longstanding, poly relationship, but the rest in these first two books seem over the top. (Yeah, I'm betting Larsson identified with this evidently irresistible journalist!) Still, I couldn't stop turning the pages as Blomkvist and his magazine declared war against the sex trade and human trafficking--and as Salander came crashing back into his life. 

One warning: this middle book doesn't quite stand on its own. It has an ending, but you'll want to have the last book standing by.

On Kindle: Yes. Find it at Amazon here.

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