I knocked out book twenty-nine four days ago, but as usual have been a bit slow in posting my review. As with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I will keep my summary of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played With Fire brief so that I don’t spoil the surprise for the uninitiated. The second novel in Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy returns us to investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and oddball hacker Lisbeth Salander. When a couple researching a prostitution ring for Blomkvist’s magazine are murdered, Salander is named the prime suspect. A third murder is also tied to her. All of Sweden seems certain that she is guilty, and a widespread manhunt ensues. Blomkvist is certain of his friend’s innocence and launches his own investigation. There is also a shadowy presence lurking over the crimes, known only by the name Zala. As Salander prepares to defend herself, her friends risk everything to save her.
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the first in the series. The main reason is probably that I knew the big secret of the book before reading it. I had already seen the Swedish version of this film and therefore knew the conclusion. That definitely detracted from the experience. It was enjoyable, but a bit less so as a result of my knowledge. I would still recommend the book, but mostly as preparation for the third installment (which I am almost finished with!).
The Current Count
29 Read, 71 To Go