The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

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16 Critic Reviews

an intricate, puzzlelike story line that attests to Mr. Larsson’s improved plotting abilities... that simultaneously moves backward into Salander’s traumatic past, even as it accelerates toward its startling and violent conclusion.
-NY Times

Synopsis

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. 


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About Stieg Larsson

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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.
 
Published July 20, 2009 by Vintage. 738 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Girl Who Played With Fire
All: 16 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Below average
Jun 01 2009

convoluted back story and the allusive, sometimes loopy structure of the present book.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Louise France on Feb 14 2009

The Girl Who Played With Fire is that rare thing - a sequel that is even better than the book that went before.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Mark Lawson on Jan 09 2009

he is underestimating his readers... too insistent and methodical when it comes to background detail.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Jul 16 2009

an intricate, puzzlelike story line that attests to Mr. Larsson’s improved plotting abilities... that simultaneously moves backward into Salander’s traumatic past, even as it accelerates toward its startling and violent conclusion.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Rhetta Akamatsu on Jan 05 2012

full of intrigue and mystery, action and one astonishing revelation after another. Once again, you will be enthralled, and once again, you will find it very hard to put this book down until you finish it.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Amanda on Apr 06 2010

The Girl Who Played with Fire is just as engrossing as its predecessor... Readers won't feel out of breath after finishing the book — just hungry for more of Salander's adventures.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Daniel Mallory on Jul 27 2009

a thriller with moral freight... a pulse-pounding follow-up to 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.'

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Dennis Drabelle on Jul 27 2009

a writer with two skills useful in entertaining readers royally: creating characters who are complex, believable and appealing... and parceling out information in a consistently enthralling way.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Rob Brunner on Jul 28 2009

a bit sloppy, too often falling back on annoying devices. Characters repeatedly turn up at key events through sheer coincidence, and Larsson clumsily foreshadows big events

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Ellen Wernecke on Jul 30 2009

The Girl Who Played With Fire indulges itself by nudging its characters into the exact places where...the shock waves will reach them. The waiting through domestic dinners and unremarkable vacations is almost unbearable

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Open Letters Monthly

Excellent
Reviewed by Irma Heldman

elegantly crafted, complex thriller... one of the most intriguing, mesmerizing, addictive, original female characters ever created

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Dierdre Donahue on Jul 28 2009

the books' appeal... is a result of the author writing from the heart, not from a formula. Larsson clearly loved his brave misfit Lisbeth.

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Socialist Review

Below average
Reviewed by Ingrid Lamprecht on Jan 01 2009

It's a shame that a female version of a hunted Jason Bourne can't be feminine and perfectly capable of solving a cover-up simultaneously without a breast size to match.

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Rhapsody in Books

Good
on Sep 06 2009

This book is much more of a nail-biter than the first of the trilogy. And the marvelous character of Lisbeth is expanded to take over the story. She is punky and spunky and smart and unforgettable.

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Euro Crime

Good
Reviewed by Maxine Clarke on Jan 01 2009

The book is packed with incident, thrills, characters, rich details and plot revelations... the pace never lets up, emotions are intense, and there are no boring moments

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Material Witness Blog

Good
Jan 13 2009

It is brutal, bleak and emotionally bruising, but it is quite brilliantly told and never less than gripping

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