Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Girl Who Played with Fire – Book #114

| Title |The Girl Who Played with Fire |
| Author |Stieg Larsson |
| Genre |Adult Mystery (Sweden) |
| Pages |503 |
| Publisher |Alfred A. Knopf |
| Copyright |2009 |

Synopsis (from web-site)
On the eve of publisher Mikael Blomkvist's story about sex trafficking between Eastern Europe and Sweden, two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Mikael Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander--the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid years before.

Why I read It
This book two of the Millenium trilogy (book one is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The first book was fantastic.

The Good
Absolutely phenomenal! The characters work, the plot works, the pacing works, this book and series are just about perfect.

The Bad
Through unfortunate circumstance (a fatal heart attack) this planned 10 book series is finished in three leaving you the reader wondering what awesomeness we will never know.

The Ugly (my opinion)If you do not read these books there is something wrong with you. This ranks right up with Lord of the Rings for all time great Trilogies.

The Truth? (other reviews)
The Guardian
Washington Post
New York Times

Mormon Mentions

Author Biography
Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a Swedish writer and journalist.

Prior to his sudden death of a heart attack in November 2004 he finished three detective novels in his trilogy "The Millenium-series" which were published posthumously; "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest". Altogether, his trilogy has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide (summer of 2009), and he was the second bestselling author in the world 2008.

Before his career as a writer, Stieg Larsson was mostly known for his struggle against racism and right-wing extremism. Starting in the late 1970's, he combined his work as a graphic designer with holding lectures on right-wing extremism for the Scotland Yard. During the following years he became an expert on the subject and has held many lectures as well as written many novels on the subject. In 1995, when 8 persons were killed by neo-Nazis I Sweden, he was the main force behind the founding of the Expo-foundation, a group intended on exposing neo-Nazi activity in Sweden. From 1999 and on, he was appointed chief editor of the magazine Expo.

During the last 15 years of his life, he and his life companion Eva Gabrielsson lived under constant threat from right-wing violence.

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