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

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

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 fingerpri...

Details The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)

TitleThe Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
Release DateJul 28th, 2009
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Reviews The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)

  • Grace Tjan
    ILLUSTRATED!What I learned from this book (in no particular order):1. Swedish billionaires furnish their multi-million dollar apartments with IKEA --- well, at least ONE peculiar Swedish billionaire.[image error]Poang Chair $402. Asperger's Syndrome may give you the idea that a T-shirt that says IM AN ALIEN is acceptable office wear, but also photographic memory and phenomenal mathematical ability.3. "Sweden is one of the countries that imports t...
  • Jayson
    (A-) 82% | Very GoodNotes: An entirely different mood, pace and atmosphere than its predecessor, it thrives off the strength of a single character.
  • Lisa Eskra
    The first book was for the most part plot-driven. The 40-year old mystery took a while to unfold, but was interesting when it did. So was Lisbeth, although she wasn't the main focus. Enter, The Girl Who Played With Fire. The story has now turned character-driven with Lisbeth as the protagonist. But instead of having much of a plot of any character revelations about her early on, we read about her buying a new apartment, grocery shopping, and what...
  • Nataliya
    Stieg Larsson doesn't really do subtle. If he thinks an issue is important, he will shout it from the rooftops. With a megaphone. But since he is condemning misogyny and violence towards women, I'm ok with that. "Salander was the woman who hated men who hate women." This book, much more than its predecessor, focuses on the tiny-but-tough Lisbeth Salander. We learn quite a bit about the fascinating and horrific backstory that led to Salander deve...
  • Brad
    I am confident that Stieg Larsson has a reason for this, but Lisbeth Salander is not much of a heroine. Let's list her transgressions from The Girl Who Played With Fire (and these will be deliberately out of context):1. She forces herself on a 16 year old boy in Granada.2. She kills a man on the beach during a hurricane.3. She shuts out Blomkvist for a very long time for a perceived slight, giving him no explanation.4. She fails to take or show t...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    He had come.He smelled of aftershave.She hated the smell of him.He...observed her for a long time.She hated his silence.Then he spoke to her. He had a dark, clear voice that stressed, pedantically, each word.She hated his voice.He laid the back of a moist hand on her forehead and ran his fingers along her hairline in a gesture that was probably intended to be friendly.She hated his touch. Lisbeth Salander is simply unforgettable. I read the fir...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Flickan som lekte med elden = The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2), Stieg Larsson The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second novel in the Millennium series by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. It was published posthumously in Swedish in 2006 and in English in January 2009. The book features many of the characters who appeared in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2005), among them the title character, Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant computer h...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Very short review due to the glitches on GR. This is the second book in the trilogy. I loved it and I loved the movie. The book bogs down a little but it's all good. Lisbeth is back and doing her own thing. Lisbeth has been away from Mikael for some time. But, they come back together when Lisbeth is accused of killing that jerk rapist of hers. *****Spoiler*****Lisbeth looks into a sex trafficking ring that Mikael is involved in and finds out some...
  • Ken
    Ill always consider the Millennium series as a trilogy, this is due to all three original novels being adapted into movies in 2009.Its only taken me 10 years to finally read the books!Its true that the second volume isnt as strong as the first, but the character of Lisbeth is so strong and fascinating that its hard to not get hooked by her exploits.The trilogy is so good because this second volume explores her backstory and the reader gets a bett...
  • Lazaros
    A downright masterpiece. The action sequences, the constant tension continually building up to lead to a tremendous ending. Lisbeth freaking Salander, she may actually be one of the best, and most complex characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading about. Introverted, extremely genial, and dangerous if need be, she's the epitome of the formula to the creation of a super-intriguing character.Like the first book, this was a complete investigat...
  • James
    Book Review 4 of 5 stars to The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second book in the Millenium thriller series written in 2006 by Stieg Larsson. Although I am very fond of this book, it wasn't quite as good as the first one, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But it's a very strong follow-up sequel worth reading. It packs an even larger punch as far as violence and drama, as well as brings out the sexual chemistry and tension between Mikhail and Lisb...
  • Tim
    Awesome! Incredible! Inspiring! 10 of 10 stars!
  • Dan Schwent
    Three people are dead and Lisbeth Salander's finger prints are on the murder weapon. Can Mikael Blomkvist clear her name before the police find her? And what does Lisbeth's situation have to do with an expose of the Swedish sex trade two of the murder victims were working on?I was afraid The Girl Who Played With Fire would suffer from the sophomore jinx. I'm pleased to say it did not.Larsson must have figured out he had a good thing in Lisbeth Sa...
  • Kai
    There are no innocents. There are, however, different degrees of responsibility.Wow. Stieg Larsson did it again. He took my breath away.Larsson's style of writing is unique. It is so very detailed and everything seems to be perfectly planned.The characters are diverse and interesting and I am not only talking about Lisbeth Salander, the novel's heroine, but about most side characters as well.This novel is full of nerve-wracking suspense and thril...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    4.75/5 stars. This sequel to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is brilliant! This is some of the best crime fiction that exists, in my opinion, and Lisbeth Salander remains one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. The plot of this novel is clever and the diverse set of characters fascinating. The only reason why this novel is not just as good as the first one, is because it contains some passages that at times seemed dwelling and som...
  • notgettingenough
    Much later. After such insistence on preserving my idea of my father, my memory of our last meeting, this happened a couple of Fridays ago. I opened up some photos taken by my brother and there my father is, dead in his coffin. I must confess to being quite distressed. And I still don't understand why on earth is this something to preserve? I don't get it one little bit.----------------Hooked. Totally, completely, utterly hooked. I read this book...
  • Manny
    Unfortunately not as good as Män som Hatar Kvinnor. He has gone too far, and Lisbeth Salander is no longer a fully credible person; also, the puzzle isn't as satisfying as in the first one.Start geek-rant: as a former mathematician, I was annoyed by his sloppiness concerning Fermat's Last Theorem. To start off with, he misquotes it several times. And the whole idea that Lisbeth is able to solve it on her own in just a few months, with no formal ...
  • Fiona
    This is the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and it was immediately as good as the first but this time I knew this from the very first page.The first one I felt was slightly more clumsy at the beginning and took a while to truly love it. I speak only for myself of course. This one it starts off with a bang and you know immediately from the first page it is going to be just as good if not better.Blomkvist takes a back seat here and Saland...
  • Amanda
    If loving the Millennium books is wrong, baby, I don't want to be right.In scanning through the other reviews, I have to concur with many of the problems mentioned: superfluous detail (specific IKEA furniture is mentioned several times--as if I know what any of it looks like just because I have the model number provided, sandwiches are made, coffee is brewed, Billy's Pan Pizzas are consumed); there's a real dearth of poetic or stylized language; ...
  • Fabian
    There is ample description of our titular heroine in the first third of "The Girl Who Played with Fire." Lisbeth Salander is composing and arranging a new life for herself while still maintaining the baggage left over from her early years (tons of child abuse) and the occurrences of Book #1. And she's still acting, to put it nicely, quite unconventional. It is precisely this mask, as well as people's prejudices & judgements that make her the idea...
  • Elyse Walters
    I LOVED THIS 2nd book by Larsson. The "Tattoo" Girl (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), is a wonderful character --even better in `this` book! Keeps getting better......I've already ordered the 3rd book from the United Kingdom. It comes out Oct. 1st. I LOVED THIS 2nd book by Larsson. The "Tattoo" Girl (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), is a wonderful character --even better in `this` book! Keeps getting better......I've already ordered the 3rd b...
  • Lyn
    Larsson's second novel about Lisbeth Salander, or about MIkhail Blomkvist of Millennium Magazine, either as it may be, was a suspenseful gem. A little slow to get started, this one lacked the steady momentum of the first, but the second half more than makes up for the inconsistent and morose first half. Larrson was immensely talented and it is a great shame that we can look forward to no more novels from him. As Blomkvist was the center of attent...
  • Anish Kohli
    Not him too. Not him too what? Another admirer of Fröken Salander. Why yes, I am too! Lisbeth has earned herself another admirer. Well, not completely but mostly.This was a BR with the Lisbeth Fanatic who promised me a mindfuck but unfortunately I didnt get that and then the said fanatic disappeared soon after we commenced the journey got busy reading! ;)Happy now? :PThis is a hard book to review without giving anything out and since I myself ha...
  • Bionic Jean
    The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second novel in Stieg Larssons Millennium Trilogy. It is longer and more consistently written than the first. Lisbeth Salander is the central character in a plot about sex-trafficking. Women are being transported from Russia and The Baltics for prostitution and torture; furthermore some highly placed members of the Swedish government, police and business are implicated. There are twist and turns a-plenty, as S...
  • Will Byrnes
    In the second of his three volume series (well, at least it was three until Larsson's heirs hired someone to make a fourth from his notes) centered on the remarkable researcher and hacker Lisbeth Salandar and journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Larsson has delivered a totally engrossing page-turner. About to publish a book that reveals many dirty secrets concerning the international sex trade in Sweden, Blomkvist is caught up in a deadly race for the tr...
  • Sara
    I liked The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I thought it was clever and well-written and Lisbeth Salander is a unique and intriguing character, but I wasnt knocked off my feet. I had the two follow up books on my shelf, but I wasnt in a hurry to get to them, just thinking I would when I could. This week I picked up The Girl Who Played With Fire and stepped back into Lisbeths world, with a bang.This book is even better than the first one, perhaps bec...
  • Meredith Holley
    Culture imposes on women constant indoctrination of the idea that our vaginas should make us small, weak, and incapable of caring for ourselves or others."A woman could obviously never be a fire fighter, for example." "We couldn't send a woman to do that military job because what if she got her period? She couldn't take a week off when she's there!" "There are just some days in the month when a woman diplomat wouldn't be able to do her job." "I w...
  • Jane Maritz
    I struggled through this 514-page book.To begin with, all the homo, bi, double-partner, and heterosexual talk was a bit much. Way beyond my comfort level.To be fair, once I got about half-way through the book - after all the characters' sexual preferences were clearly established - it did become a page-turner as I raced to find out the ending.If you like books with lots of character sketches, this might work for you. I was tempted to get out a no...
  • Jo
    This book was pretty slow getting started, but when it did, it did it with stupendous style. Lisbeth Salander ran the show in this one, which I really loved. I liked Lisbeth in the first book, but in this one, we see more sides to her than ever before. Let me put this plainly, I want to slurp freshly brewed coffee and scoff Billy pan pizza's with this woman, even if she is a cold and calculated pain in the ass at times. What I especially liked ab...
  • Karina
    Wow! Such an intense story. Can't wait to read the third book because this cliffhanger is crazy