Apr 092012

Author: Stieg Larsson

Pages: 503

PublisherAlfred A Knopf

Release Date: 2009

Genre: Thriller, Revenge


Lisbeth Salander- Protagonist, highly intelligent and has problems with authority.

Mikael Blomkvist- Reporter for Millennium magazine driven to dig to the bottom of a good story and will do anything to help Lisbeth.

Alexander Zalachenko- Former Soviet spy. Everyone wants to know who he is.

The Blonde Giant-Hulk of a man who seems to be impervious to pain.

Synopsis: Mikael Blomkvist and Millennium magazine are working with Dag Svensson,a journalist and Mia Johansson, a doctoral student, on an exposé about the sex trade in Sweden. But unexpectedly, Dag and Mia and Advokat Nils Erik Bjurman are killed by an unidentified killer, and circumstantial evidence points to Lisbeth Salander. She must avoid capture by the police while she and Mikael once again work together to solve a wide-ranging mystery and clear her name and avoid being killed in the process.

Analysis: I can’t believe how quickly I read this book and it is because it is better than The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. I really liked that one, but The Girl Who Played With Fire is better for several reasons. For one, it has a very broad scope. Lisbeth and Mikael run all over Sweden to find the truth about the murders and if the truth of those is found, it could destroy the Swedish government. The other strength of the novel is that Lisbeth is the main character this time, and the reader learns much more about her history and delve deeper into how her minds works.


  • Lisbeth’s growth as a person.
  • There are a few good scenes that follow Lisbeth’s hacking process.
  • Mention of the David Bowie song “Putting Out Fire With Gasoline”


  • Dragged a bit with the Harriet Vanger contract resolution.
  • Bias for Mac computers vs Pc.

Conclusion: Since Larrson died before this was published, I thought it was interesting that part of this novel is about publishing a book after an author has died. Once again, Larsson has written a really great book and it is sad that he had to die before he could have written many more. After I finish this, I will begin the last of the series but a bright spot is that I heard recently that he was working on a 4th one when he died. Crossing my fingers. As far as this one goes, I highly recommend it, go out and get it!


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