Book Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire

Name: The Girl Who Played with Fire
Author: Stieg Larsson
Genre: Crime Fiction
Language: English (Originally in Swedish)
Pages: 649
Movies: 2009 (Swedish)Mini-Series (Swedish)
Buy: FlipKart, Amazon
My Rating:

A unique heroine… a jaw-dropping endingKate Mosse, The Times

Hot for anything Mark Lawson, The Guardian

break-out-in-a-cold-sweat thriller that crackles with stunning twists and dismisses any talk of a sophomore slumpDave Callanan, Amazon

I found this book to be a concrete sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and completely page turner. Every time, I turn page with astonishment and more surprise come upward.

Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. When a young journalist, Dag Svensson , approaches him with sex trafficking in Sweden and those in high office who abuse underage girls. Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation.

Blomkvist plans to run the story in an upcoming issue of Millennium. But shortly before the printing of the story, Dag Svensson and his girl friend, Mia Johansson, are found shot to death in their apartment. Lisbeth Salander quickly becomes the primary murder suspect, as the police discover incriminating evidence against her at the scene of the crime. The next day, Salander’s guardian, Nils Bjurman, is also found dead in his bedroom, shot with the same weapon.

Blomkvist and the police are conducting parallel investigations into three horrifying murders. When Police consider Lisbeth as prime suspect, Blomkvist tries to clear her name, although he can’t find her anywhere. Dragan Armansky also puts their best 2 officers from Milton Security in investigation to Help Police to catch Lisbeth ASAP but still Armansky sees Lisbeth as an innocent and want to know in which circumstances she did murder.

But no one can find her as there is only one way Salander can be reached is by computer and hence every time Blomkvist make a note in his laptop. So Salander can read and reply to his questions. In this investigation, Blomkvist unraveled a twisted tale of corporate greed, Fascist connections, and perverse sex, violence and “All the Evil” happened in Lisbeth’s life.

Author Larsson wanted to shine light, namely the underbelly of the sex trade, a swill of human misery being forcibly imposed for money, simple loathing of women, police corruption, authority abuse and lot more.

Some Good lines from Book:

  • Salander was the woman who hated men who hate women.
  • It’s a tremendous assault on human rights, and the girls involved are so far down society’s ladder that they’re of no interest to the legal system.
  • There are no innocents. There are, however, different degrees of responsibility.
  • She went around with the attitude that she would rather be beaten to death than take any shit.
  • Don’t ever fight with Lisbeth Salander. Her attitude towards the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she’ll get a bigger gun.
  • There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.
  • Always retain the ability to walk away, without sentimentality, from a situation that felt unmanageable. That was a basic rule of survival. Don’t life a finger for a lost cause.
  • No matter how hard she tried to concentrate on something else, to pass the time and to distract her from the situation she was in, the fear came trickling out. It hovered like a cloud of gas around her, threatening to penetrate her pores and poison her.
  • It was completely impossible to box with her. She had only one style, which we called Terminator Mode. She would try to nail her opponent, and it didn’t matter if it was just a warm-up of friendly sparring.
  • Dear Government… I’m going to have a serious talk with you if I ever find anyone to talk to.

Again in this book, author added lots of characters very beautifully like intelligent Modig –  only woman in Investigation team, Bublanski (“Bubble”) – Investigation team leader and many more including existing characters like dedicated and cold Mikael Blomkvist (“Kalle Blomkvist“), fearless and perfect Lisbeth Salander.

Amazing Sequel.Get it and Read it.

About Author:

Source [Wiki]: Karl Stig-Erland Larsson who wrote professionally as Stieg Larsson, was a Swedish journalist and writer, born in Skelleftehamn outside Skellefteå. Larsson was initially a political activist for the Kommunistiska Arbetareförbundet (Communist Workers League), a photographer, and one of Sweden’s leading science fiction fans. In politics he was the editor of the Swedish Trotskyist journal Fjärde internationalen, journal of the Swedish section of the Fourth International. He also wrote regularly for the weekly Internationalen.He is best known for writing the “Millennium series” of crime novels, which were published posthumously. Larsson lived and worked much of his life in Stockholm. He was the second best-selling author in the world in 2008, behind Khaled Hosseini. By March 2010, his “Millennium series” had sold 27 million copies in more than 40 countries.

Enjoy Reading !!!

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