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The Girl Who Played With Fire (book)

65 Ratings: 3.4
A book by Stieg Larsson.

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, 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 … see full wiki

Author: Stieg Larsson
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Knopf
Date Published: July 28, 2009 (U.S.)
30 reviews about The Girl Who Played With Fire (book)
review by . April 07, 2012
   Translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland      I was a bit disappointed with how Dragon Tattoo ended.  It took a long time to wrap the Wennerstrom story, and it takes a while for the second book to catch fire as well, but when it does, you will quickly reach a point where you have to finish.  So you do things like spend three hours on a perfectly beautiful Saturday on Easter weekend with errands to run, or yard work to do, or family about, as I did, and …
review by . April 24, 2010
Mia Johansson, a bright young graduate student, is in the final stages of preparing her doctoral thesis on the controversial topic of sex trafficking. Her journalist boyfriend, Dag Svensson, approaches Mikael Blomkvist, the publisher of Millennium magazine, with the idea of extending this research into a series of articles on sex trafficking in Sweden. Knowing that this kind of exposé will reach into the heart of the Russian mafia, white slavery, the exploitation of under-age prostitutes …
review by . June 26, 2010
The Return of Lisabeth Salander
Thankfully book sequels work better than movie sequels. Movie sequels are often cynical and half-baked attempts to cash in a successful movie, and nobody, the directors, writers or actors give a damn about credibility as long as they cash in.      Not true for books, at least not as much. Good writers treat their characters like their children, and would not subject them to the half-assed, hack-style treatment moviemakers do. "The Girl Who Played  With Fire" …
review by . August 17, 2010
Compelling character Lisbeth Salander returns after her exploits in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." I was caught up in the story as if I was reading about a friend's daughter and the turmoil that she went through.      Lisbeth is suffering from the emotional toil from the actions in the first story. However, she's still an independent soul and a champion for the injured.      I believe that all readers of mystery novels and brave …
review by . October 16, 2010
This is the second novel in Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy, and the sequel to "The Girl with a Dragoon Tattoo." It is not a true sequel as it doesn't deal almost at all with any of the circumstances that were at the root of the plotline in the previous novel. It, however, still has the same main characters, namely the Millennium magazine cofounder and journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the disturbed young woman with incredible intellectual abilities named Lisbeth Salander. …
Quick Tip by . March 13, 2011
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At the beginning of this book, the character is strapped to a bed and things are happening to her.   It would be easier for the reader to know in advance that this happened in the past and it is something that the character is remembering.
review by . March 21, 2011
   The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, and a worthy sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I’m still not sure these are the best books I’ve read, or even nearly the best, but they’re certainly enjoyable. The characters become more real in this book, or at least more complex. I enjoyed seeing Lisbeth building her new life, and the old hurts breaking through to break it down were convincingly revealed with a nice …
review by . July 21, 2010
Lisabeth Salander, whom we met in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, returns to Sweden from a year of living abroad. It has been an interesting time for Lisabeth; she has matured, made some changes in her appearance, and has been working on the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, which states no three positive integers a, b, and c can satisfy the equation a^n + b^n = c^n for any integer value of n greater than two. Salander is a very complex woman, as we discovered in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. …
review by . July 16, 2010
The huge number of readers who enjoyed Larsson’s first book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be thrilled with this one, for the drama and suspense are even better. The main characters are the same with the same interesting idiosyncrasies. The book has the same problems - it is difficult to identify and distinguish the Swedish people’s names and the places because they all sound the same - but this does not distract from enjoying the novel.           &n …
Quick Tip by . March 07, 2011
Gripping and Captivating Trilogy. Lisbeth will entertain you and cause you to want to finish the Trilogy right away. Wonderfully written
review by . October 16, 2010
This is the second novel in Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy, and the sequel to "The Girl with a Dragoon Tattoo." It is not a true sequel as it doesn't deal almost at all with any of the circumstances that were at the root of the plotline in the previous novel. It, however, still has the same main characters, namely the Millennium magazine cofounder and journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the disturbed young woman with incredible intellectual abilities named Lisbeth Salander. At the end of the previous …
review by . October 02, 2010
Following up on my completion of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I launched immediately into the second book of Stieg Larsson's trilogy... The Girl Who Played With Fire. I enjoyed the continuing story of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist as they both get wrapped up in a story involving sex trafficking in Sweden. But in terms of comparison to Dragon Tattoo, Fire seemed to drag significantly in the middle stages, and I definitely take points off for the ending. That was pushing believability …
review by . June 05, 2010
While some of Larsson's writing could have used some editing here and there, this second of his trilogy was great.  His plot, the pacing, and the further development of his characters were fantastic.   These three books rank way up there on my entertainment charts, and if the rumour is true that there's a fourth, I'm thrilled.  Apparently, the fourth book was on his laptop, which his partner of many years has in her possession.  I've also read that she co-wrote …
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
if you like this series, check out vanity fair's article on stieg larsson a couple monthes back - really interesting, and gives some insight into the series..
review by . July 15, 2010
The huge number of readers who enjoyed Larsson's first book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be thrilled with this one, for the drama and suspense are even better. The main characters are the same with the same interesting idiosyncrasies. The book has the same problems - it is difficult to identify and distinguish the Swedish people's names and the places because they all sound the same - but this does not distract from enjoying the novel.     Larsson or his translator has …
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
Wasn't sure the story could continue....it can and it does. Love the Nordic Noir.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Quick read, lots of plot twists. A good book, but nothing spectacular.
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
if all poilitcal worlds were really like this one -- well maybe they are -- good work
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
You really don't how this is going to shake out. You don't have a clue. That is what is so good.
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
This book is insanely intense, and not for the weak of heart. However, it's a gripping read
review by . June 17, 2010
In this 2nd book of the Stieg Larsson trilogy, computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomquist investigate a sex-trafficking ring and  Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.Blomkvist, sure  in his belief in Salander’s innocence, investigates the slayings. Salander becomes the prey of individuals in her past whichcompels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle the score.      …
review by . June 17, 2010
   The Girl who Played With Fire, the 2nd of the Stieg Larsson trilogy, was by far the best of the 3 books. The fragile  relationship between Mickael Blomquist and Lizbeth Salandar develops a new intensity but different tone. The  early episodes clarify some of the mysteries  of the first book regarding Lizbeth's childhood and these episodes set the stage for non-stop intrigue. The focus on  Lizbeth's intellectual prowess and mathematical skills make her an …
Quick Tip by . May 28, 2010
If you read the first one, you will love this. But if you read the first one you already know this
review by . May 21, 2010
The cold blooded murders of a journalist and a scholar, who were about to publish a shocking expose on the sex trade in Sweden, are blamed on bad girl Lisbeth Salander. Salander's life has been far from normal, continually victimized as she has been since early childhood, at the hands of both family and state. Now she's a brilliant but psychologically damaged young woman, one who can solve Fermat's mathematical theorem or hack into any computer system, but she is truly incapable of connecting with …
review by . April 28, 2010
Lisbeth Salander is back....and just as antisocial and strange as ever. Estranged from ex-friend, lover and journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she still finds herself partnering with him--albeit, from afar---to bring down a vicious group of criminals specializing in the trafficking of young girls. When three murders are discovered within the city and tied back to Salander, she goes underground. While Blomkvist immerses himself in proving Lisbeth's innocence and finding the real killer of his friends, …
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