Earlier on I did a review of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson. For those of you that bought, borrowed or pilfered the book, you must agree with me that it was worth all the hassle involved in getting the book.
Like I mentioned, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is part of a trilogy written by the late Stieg Larsson. “The Girl Who Played with Fire” is the second book in the trilogy and it continues with the adventures of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.
The book takes place eighteen months after the events of the first book. Blomkvist is working on an expose of a sex scandal involving high-profile government officials. His mole provides names of politicians, judges and police officers who have abused women sexually….
WARNING: The book contains scenes of sex, nudity, violence and strong language.
Salander is on vacation abroad. The paths of Blomkvist and Salander cross when the mole and two other people are murdered before publication. Salander is framed with the killings and a nationwide search for her is initiated upon. Blomkvist believes in Salander’s innocence and launches his own murder inquiry. His investigation reveals many terrifying secrets, what these secrets reveal ….. I’ll have leave you to find out.
This second book is all about Salander…she’s the quarterback, the playmaker and the engine room. We see a new Salander complete with breast augmentation and more of a kick-ass attitude that would make Jason Statham or Schwarzenegger green with envy.
Unlike the first book, this one starts with a bang. We are immediately thrown into the fire. The character of Salander is one of the most powerful characters I have ever seen in a novel. She is ruthless, tattooed, armed and dangerous. Usually the kind of power she exhibits is usually found in male characters…. Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, Jason Bourne in the Bourne Trilogy…. seeing such in a female character is strange but refreshing.
This time around Stieg Larsson focused on a single storyline and focused on it. There were no deviations or little side trips. The plot was fast paced and well written. Lots of suspense in-between. I have got nothing new to say about the characters…. They are complex, believable and appealing….
That’s all folks for this week…. Suggestions are welcome.
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