The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson

Sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo takes place a year or so after that book. Blomkvist has lost touch with Lisbeth Salander - she won't return his calls and offers no explanation as to why. He's organising a series of newspaper articles relating to organised crime and the sex trade, when two of the people who are doing the research get killed. On the same night as Lisbeth's creepy guardian. And the murder weapon turns up with her fingerprints on it. Blomkvist is convinced that Lisbeth is innocent, but there seems to be an awful lot of circumstantial evidence that implicates her...

This finally turned up at the library and I read it in a few days - it was another great page-turner. Like the first, it felt, in retrospect, a bit planned: I'd just finished playing Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and the book reminded me of that - really compelling and exciting while you're reading it, but when you stand back some of the coincidences and plot-twists seem a bit contrived.

This book had a bit more character exploration than plot, which was the other way round from the first book I think.

But, it was another brilliant read. Lisbeth once again proves herself: every time in the book where she makes a mental a note of someone who she intends to deal with later you mentally rub your hands together in anticipation.

I don't think the third book has been published in English yet, but I'll definitely be reading it.

Completed : 26-Apr-2009

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