Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson

Jewels is back with another review!

From the cover:
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.

Jewels Take:
The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson is the 2nd book in the Millenium Series that began with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. This sequel begins about a year following the end of the first book. Lisbeth has spent the past 12 months or so traveling about the world and has had no contact with Mikael since she left Sweden. She is enjoying her travels and financial independence, when she finds reason to quickly return to Sweden. Meanwhile, Mikael has tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with Lisbeth over the past year, but has stayed busy with his new-found celebrity due to his book and magazine article that was the denouement of the first book. The book unfolds as two of Mikael's friends are murdered and Lisbeth becomes the prime suspect for the crime. Like the first book in the series, the plot is engaging and the story has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. Also like the first one, there is a lot of development time spent in introducing characters and plot lines. Larsson likes to develop various plot lines without divulging how they are connected and even introduces characters without revealing their names. This got a bit frustrating for me, but it serves the purpose of increasing suspense and a desire to find out exactly what is going on. This book wasn't as disturbing for me to read as Tattoo was. It isn't as graphic. However, it does deal with the "sex trade" of teenage girls being brought from Russia to Sweden to be used as prostitutes. It also has too much homosexuality for my taste - meaning sexual encounters. I didn't have a problem with the relationship(s) existing, I just didn't care for the number of encounters and extent of the descriptions. Overall, I was just as engaged in this book as I was the first. I will say that it really leaves you hanging at the end. There was also a part at the beginning of the story that was left unfinished. I don't know if it will be addressed in the next book, but it seemed odd that it was included and then it was never returned to. I kept thinking that it would tie into the main murder mystery somehow, but it was never again addressed. So, I now have to finish the series because now there are just way too many unanswered questions.

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