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The Girl Who Played with Fire
by Stieg Larsson

Published: 2009-07-28
Hardcover : 503 pages
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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 Swedish society, business, ...
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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 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.

Editorial Review

Amazon Best of the Month, July 2009: The girl with the dragon tattoo is back. Stieg Larsson's seething heroine, Lisbeth Salander, once again finds herself paired with journalist Mikael Blomkvist on the trail of a sinister criminal enterprise. Only this time, Lisbeth must return to the darkness of her own past (more specifically, an event coldly known as "All the Evil") if she is to stay one step ahead--and alive. The Girl Who Played with Fire is a break-out-in-a-cold-sweat thriller that crackles with stunning twists and dismisses any talk of a sophomore slump. Fans of Larsson's prior work will find even more to love here, and readers who do not find their hearts racing within the first five pages may want to confirm they still have a pulse. Expect healthy doses of murder, betrayal, and deceit, as well as enough espresso drinks to fuel downtown Seattle for months. --Dave Callanan


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nowadays society
heroine today compared to past heroine
in what ways are u alike &/or disalike this female main character?
by aliciafaierman (see profile) 02/20/10

Would you put your life on the line for someone in your life? Does this book inspire you to take a defense class?
by chantelman3619 (see profile) 12/16/09

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great book!
by aliciafaierman (see profile) 02/20/10
...come to our group & u'll see how a book review has to be conducted with one of the best mediums ever - donna chase!

Member Reviews

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  "I was surprised"by Chary P. (see profile) 11/29/15

I enjoyed the book and the story line as much as the Larsson's trilogy. The author did a difficult and good job portraying the essence of all the characters.

  "Good solid follow up to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"by Traci C. (see profile) 06/23/12

Enjoyed this book but not as much as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. But still a page turner to the very end.

  "The Girl Who Played With Fire"by Shelly G. (see profile) 10/27/11

Every bit as exciting as the first book...even more so! I'm holding off on the third as I don't want it to end!

  "The Girl Who Played With Fire"by Lynn W. (see profile) 02/04/11

I had a hard time putting the book down. I didn't guess the twists and turns of the plot ahead of time. Now I can't wait to read the third in the trilogy.

I liked The Girl Who Played wi

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  "Not Really a Book Club Read"by Adina P. (see profile) 12/27/10

My least favorite of his three books. Most of us enjoyed them, but weren't sure why. The characters are compelling, but that's about it. The writing is very, very simple. This is a great book on a trip... (read more)

  "The Last Word Book Club"by Marian H. (see profile) 05/19/10

We definitely liked this book and all are looking forward to the next one by Mr. Larsson.

  "Walking on the dark side"by Donna C. (see profile) 03/03/10

A murder mystery which points to Lisbeth Salandar, our heroine from Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, as the murderess. Mikael, is instrumental in clearing her name but the seedy side of traficking in human... (read more)

  "the girl who played with fire"by alicia f. (see profile) 02/20/10

evcellent! contemporary, graphic, refreshing. i can't wait for the 3rd book later this year...

  "The Girl Who Played With Fire"by CHRISTIE H. (see profile) 12/16/09

This book lived up to and exceeded the first book (The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo). We can hardly wait for the final book coming out in mid-summer. I wish I had the dedicated friends that she had and the... (read more)

  "The Girl Who Played with Fire"by Kathy S. (see profile) 11/10/09

While a very fun read, this book has a number of flaws; both in terms of plot and character development. Our club didn't think that the author really "gets" women. Still, I'll probably read the third... (read more)

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