Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Review - The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Lisbeth Salander, the character who played second fiddle in the first of Stieg Larsson’s ‘’Millennium’’ trilogy, takes centre stage as the eponymous heroine in ‘’The Girl Who Played with Fire’’. Salander is an expert computer hacker. She is also legally incompetent, a vulnerable young person with a history of being abused by men in positions of power over her. But towards the end of ‘’The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’’, the first novel in this series, she secretly stole several billion kronor and the second novel opens with her having left her job at Milton Security and enjoying a globetrotting life of luxury.

Meanwhile, Mikael Blomkvist, the hero of ‘’The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’’, is now a celebrity journalist. His magazine, Millennium, is about to publish a special edition devoted entirely to cracking open Sweden’s sex-trafficking industry. The magazine and an associated book, to be published at the same time, will expose the corruption and double standards within a legal system that is meant to be tackling the problem. But before his colleagues can complete their investigations, Blomkvist stumbles upon the scene of a terrible double murder. At first, Blomkvist himself is a suspect, but soon the fingerprints found on the murder weapon point to Salander, Blomkvist’s one-time friend and lover. The discovery of a third murder victim with close links to Salander seems to seal her guilt.

This is the point where the novel really takes off. . . [Read the whole review on the BookBag Website]