The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson

September 5, 2012 in Books, crime, Fiction

The follow up to ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and the 2nd in Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Millenium Triology’ is the ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’. It is the continuation of the story of Lisbeth Salander, a highly intelligent computer hacker, and her association with the journalist Mikael Blomqvist.

In this second of the series Lisbeth has cut off any emotional relationship with Blomqvist, refuses to take his calls and has taken a new young lover. A strong independent woman that knows her own mind, Lisbeth sets the rules for her sexual encounters. Having been sexually abused when she was younger and eliciting a violent revenge on her abuser, she now ensures that she controls any sexual activity in her relationships.

The focus of this second book has, as you may have suspected, moved away from Blomqvist and onto Lisbeth Salander. It deals with her difficulty of fitting into a society that allowed her as a young woman to be abused in the way she was by someone who was supposed to be her protector and guardian. But is her evil legal guardian going to win over in the end as he helps to bring corrupt forces to bear against her.

Her encounter and revenge on her abuser has culminated in her becoming a suspect in no less than three murders. The consequences for which lead her to be the subject of a nationwide search. Ironically it is the murder of two journalists about to do an exposé  on sex trafficking in Sweden that is the trigger for her problems, the weapon used for the murders has her finger prints on it. Her old ally Bloqvist knows she is innocent and determines to help her despite her refusal to speak to him. As you would expect if you read ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Lisbeth doesn’t take things lying down, excuse the pun, nor does she become a helpless victim. Conversely she goes on the offensive and although having to avoid the attention of a nationwide search, she displays an uncanny ability for tracking down and dealing with the most elusive of her enemies.

This is another cracking book from Larsson and with over 2000 reviews on and alone with an average rating of between 4 and 5 stars you can see why his books continue to sell at an exponential rate.

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