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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steigg Larsson

This is the second book in the series, and I liked it quite a bit.  Maybe not as much as I enjoyed the first, but I would still recommend it.  What I missed in the second installment, was the interaction between Blomkvist and Salander; she's out of the country at the beginning of the book and then ends up in hiding for a great duration.  But the mysteries are still engaging and there's plenty of intrigue, so a worth while read in my opinion.

In The Girl Who Played with Fire, Lisbeth is in the midst of an aimless trek around the world as the story opens.  She leaves Sweden heartbroken and goes traveling to give herself some physical and emotional distance from her problems.  However, she ends up in the middle of a domestic abuse situation and the reader gets a little more insight into her moral code as she "deals" with it.  Meanwhile, Blomkvist and his colleagues at Millennium are approached by a freelancer who has been researching sex trafficking in Sweden.  His fiancee has also been researching the subject as part of her thesis, and together they've uncovered quite a few prominent figures who have been on the wrong side of Sweden's no tolerance policy in regards to sex trafficking.  As the reporter keeps digging, he continually uncovers a mysterious figure Zala.  Right before the publication of the article and not long after the reporter makes inquiries about Zala, he and his fiancee are murdered in their apartment.  Lisbeth's state-appointed guardian is also murdered the same night and with the same weapon.  Unfortunately for Lisbeth, her fingerprints are on the murder weapon.

From here the police launch a muddled investigation, which we read about in great detail.  Blomkvist tries to continue the work of the slain reporter AND launch an investigation to assert Lisbeth's innocence.  We find out a great deal about Lisbeth, her childhood, her adolescence, and how she came to be the enigma of a woman she is during this investigation.  Lisbeth goes into hiding and then comes out of hiding to put matters to rest in her own style.  There are more twists and turns, dead ends, dead beat cops, and criminal underworld elements than I can count, but it will definitely keep you interested.  And that's all I'm going to say, because it would be cheating to say more.  Read it for yourself.  And don't forget your sandwich.

PS  There is no movie preview for this book, so here's a picture of Daniel Craig just because.  I looked for one of him eating a sandwich but couldn't find any.

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1 comment:

  1. He's yummy enough without a sandwich, methinks.