Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, Bk 2) by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, Bk 2) 

This book (#2 in a 3 book series) is just fantastic!  I loved the first one so much, and was so afraid this wouldn't be as good.  I was thrilled to discover this was better!  I stayed up late last night, curled up in bed with a swiftly dimming booklight, reading each and every word of this amazing book.

As many know, Mr. Larsson died after writing the three books in this series.  While I can't wait to get the 3rd one, it will definitely be bittersweet knowing that it is the very last.  A sad thing that such talent is lost to us now - but thank goodness we have these three books to treasure!

From  Lisbeth Salander, the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker, is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society -- but no one can find her anywhere.

Meanwhile, Mikael Blomkvist, editor-in-chief of Millennium, will not believe what he hears on the news. Knowing Salander to be fierce when fearful, he is desperate to get to her before she is cornered and alone. As he fits the pieces of the puzzle together, he comes up against some hardened criminals, including the chainsaw-wielding 'blond giant' -- a fearsomely huge thug who can feel no pain.

Digging deeper, Blomkvist also unearths some heart-wrenching facts about Salander's past life. Committed to psychiatric care aged 12, declared legally incompetent at 18, this is a messed-up young woman who is the product of an unjust and corrupt system. Yet Lisbeth is more avenging angel than helpless victim -- descending on those that have hurt her with a righteous anger terrifying in its intensity and truly wonderful in its outcome.

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