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The Girl Who Played with Fire (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (original 2006; edition 2010)

by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translator)

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Title:The Girl Who Played with Fire (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Authors:Stieg Larsson
Other authors:Reg Keeland (Translator)
Info:Vintage (2010), Edition: 1 Reprint, Paperback, 630 pages
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The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (Author) (2006)


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Nearly a year after magazine publisher Mikael Blomkvist brought down a corrupt business man and was nearly killed, he decides to publish someone else’s book detailing the extensive sex trafficking taking place in Sweden. But when the couple producing the story is murdered and the evidence points to the troubled woman who saved Mikael’s live – the genius computer hacker Lisbeth Salander – Mikael must decide who he can trust and just how far he is willing to go to save a friend who refuses to even talk to him.

“No matter how hard she tried to concentrate on something else, to pass the time and to distract her from the situation she was in, the fear came trickling out. It hovered like a cloud of gas around her, threatening to penetrate her pores and poison her.”

The Girl Who Played With Fire – the second book of Larsson’s Millennium trilogy – picks up a year after the events of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (4.5 stars, Recommended). One of the differences between the books is that the first half of Fire is seen primarily from Lisbeth’s point of view as she returns from traveling the world only to find she is in the crosshairs of several enemies at once. Having walled herself off from Mikael without ever telling him why, she tries to survive on her own. But one by one her few friends are swept up in the trouble surrounding her and she must use her resourcefulness to save them and herself from a man known as Zala – who she knows all too well.

Larsson once again brings his primary characters to life with deft skill. His ability to juggle the dramatically different personalities of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander is quite an accomplishment in and of itself. The story is compelling and Larsson’s writing style is very readable. There are times when Larsson gets bogged down with description, especially in the first half of the book. He also shows an overindulgence in laying bare the sexual history and inclinations of every single character – to the point of distraction in many cases. But when the story hits its stride all of those minor flaws are forgiven. The ending is both exciting and unexpected.

All in all, The Girl Who Played With Fire is a worthy sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. While I didn’t find it quite as compelling as the first – and this is really splitting hairs – it was engrossing enough to ensure that I will be reading the final installment very soon. ( )
  csayban | Aug 30, 2015 |
The best of the three books in this trilogy.
54.0% "Well the plot really thickened up. It was a lot of jumping around between characters up until this point so I am excited there is finally a story tying them all together now. It is making the reading of the book go much faster." ( )
  campingmomma | Aug 19, 2015 |
Thank god unlike the first book Larson got to the actual story right away. Much better than the previous book. Though I was not really comfortable with the names he gave to his characters. Kind of confusing if you were not Swedish. The actual character of Lisabeth Salander is slightly confusing in sense that she is portrayed both in grey and white shades. The portrayal kind of lacked the depth and conviction that was needed to explain her violent behavior if provoked. ( )
  bookandink | Aug 19, 2015 |
Thank god unlike the first book Larson got to the actual story right away. Much better than the previous book. Though I was not really comfortable with the names he gave to his characters. Kind of confusing if you were not Swedish. The actual character of Lisabeth Salander is slightly confusing in sense that she is portrayed both in grey and white shades. The portrayal kind of lacked the depth and conviction that was needed to explain her violent behavior if provoked. ( )
  bookandink | Aug 19, 2015 |
Mal acabei com os Homens que odeiam as Mulheres comecei a devorar o mundo fascinante e solitário de Lisbeth Salander e o carácter imparável de Super Blomkvist, neste fantástico 2º volume, que tem cenas verdadeiramente brutais e vai evoluindo num nível de conspiração brutal. Será que este romance é apenas um romance ou pode ter uma ponta de verdade impossível de provar ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
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When a novel moves or affects me deeply, I think about it when I’m walking around. I don’t find myself thinking about The Girl Who Played With Fire, but while I was reading it, I was useless until I got to the end. In retrospect, my experience of the book, like it’s characters, seems unreal. As, of course, it was.
When Larsson gets down to the business of telling a story, he tells a nerve-tingling tale.
For all the complications of the melodramatic story, which advances at a brisk, violently cinematic clip in Reg Keeland’s translation, it’s clear where Larsson’s strongest interests lie — in his heroine and the ill-concealed attitudes she brings out in men.
Mr. Larsson’s two central characters, Salander and Blomkvist, transcend their genre and insinuate themselves in the reader’s mind through their oddball individuality, their professional competence and, surprisingly, their emotional vulnerability.
Lisbeth Salander se ha tomado un tiempo: necesita apartarse del foco de atención y salir de Estocolmo. Trata de seguir una férrea disciplina y no contestar a las llamadas y mensajes de un Mikael que no entiende por qué ha desaparecido de su vida sin dar ningún tipo de explicación. Las heridas del amor las cura Lisbeth en soledad, aunque intente despistar el desencanto con el estudio de las matemáticas y ciertos felices placeres en una playa del Caribe. ¿Y Mikael? El gran héroe, el súper Blomkvist, vive buenos momentos en Millennium, con las finanzas de la revista saneadas y reconocimiento profesional de colegas y medios. Ahora tiene entre manos un reportaje apasionante que le propone una pareja, Dag y Mia, sobre el tráfico y prostitución de mujeres provenientes del Este. Las vidas de nuestros dos protagonistas parecen haberse separado por completo, y mientras... una muchacha, atada a una cama soporta un día y otro día las horribles visitas de un ser despreciable, y sin decir una palabra, sueña con una cerilla y un bidón de gasolina, con la forma de provocar el fuego que acabe con todo.
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Larsson, StiegAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bjørnson, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giorgetti Cima, CarmenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gouvenain, Marc deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grumbach, LenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haidarová, AzitaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keeland, RegTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kyrö, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lexell, MartínTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ortega Román, Juan JoséTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reichlin, SaulReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sekov, TorbenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Torma PéterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hon låg fastspänd med läderremmar på en smal brits med en ram i härdat stål.
She lay on her back fastened by leather straps to a narrow bed with a steel frame. (English translation)
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Flickan som lekte med elden, 2006. English translation by Reg Keeland under the title "The Girl who Played with Fire," January 2009.
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Lisbeth Salander is wanted for a triple murder. All three victims are connected to a trafficking exposé about to be published in Mikael Blomqvist’s magazine Millenium, and Lisbeth’s fingerprints are on the weapon.
Lisbeth vanishes to avoid capture by the justice. Mikael, not believing the police, is despairingly trying to clear her name, using all his resources and the staff of his magazine. During this process, Mikael discovers Lisbeth’s past, a terrible story of abuse and traumatizing experiences growing up in the Swedish care system.

When he eventually finds her, it’s only to discover that she is far more entangled in his initial investigation of the sex industry than he could ever imagine.

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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.… (more)

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