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Author:  Stieg/ Keeland Larsson Translator:  Reg Keeland
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307949508
ISBN-13: 9780307949509
Sku: 223179179
Publish Date: 11/22/2011
Pages:  724
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She lay on her back fastened by leather straps to a narrow bed with a steel frame. The harness was tight across her rib cage. Her hands were manacled to the sides of the bed. (from the first line)
Sequel to: The girl with the dragon tattoo.
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Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposé on social injustice, The Girl Who Played with Fire is a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel.
 
Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.
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As part two of Stieg Larsson's exceptionally well-received debut trilogy, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE follows THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO in style. Larsson introduced his title character Lisbeth Salander, the reclusive hacker with a fine-tuned sense of justice, in the first book, but readers learn much more about what makes her tick here. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Lisbeth's occasional lover and mystery-solving partner, gets a juicy tip linking a swath of Sweden's business and political elite with illegal sex trafficking. But before he can get the full story, his informer is stabbed in his apartment. When the police find Lisbeth's fingers are on the murder weapon, she becomes the prime suspect and goes into hiding. Mikael and Lisbeth both struggle to clear her name, but in order to do so they must figure out who framed her, and this means dredging up painful pieces of Lisbeth's troubled past. Full of all the detail and energy of his first book, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE engrosses and enthralls.
Author Bio
Stieg Larsson
The story of Swedish writer Stieg Larsson is filled with the same mystery, drama, and darkness which mark his phenomenal bestselling trilogy of "Millennium" novels, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST. ||Larsson was born in a small Swedish village in 1954, and was initially raised by his grandparents. Young Stieg was heavily influenced by his grandfather Severn, a devout anti-fascist who spent time in a work camp during World War II because of his resistance to Sweden's cooperation with the Nazis. After his grandfather died, nine-year-old Stieg moved back in with his parents and younger brother. ||By the time he was a teenager, Larsson was a strong supporter of the Communist party and an active political demonstrator. In 1972, he met Eva Gabrielsson at a protest against the Vietnam War, and they remained a couple for the next 32 years, though they never married for reasons of personal safety. For most of his adult life, Larsson vigorously pursued two passions--anti-fascism and science fiction. In addition to working full-time as a graphic designer, he became a prominent journalist and lecturer campaigning against fascism and hate groups, and also edited several science fiction magazines and was the president of the biggest science fiction fan club in Sweden. In 1991, he published his first nonfiction book, which openly explored Sweden's festering culture of right-wing extremism. One neo-Nazi journal responded to the book by publishing Larsson's photo and address, officially enacting a nefarious campaign against his life which would haunt him to his grave. Larsson eventually became so adept and accustomed to dealing with death threats that he authored a pamphlet instructing other journalists how to protect themselves from such enemies.|In 1995, Larsson founded the Swedish Expo Foundation, and became the editor of "Expo," the foundation's magazine, which was modeled after the British anti-fascist journal "Searchlight." He routinely worked 60-80 hours per week at "Expo," and became even more of a target for right-wing groups. In order to relax at night, Larsson began writing what he originally planned to be a ten-part series of mystery novels starring a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist and a punk-rock computer savant name Lisbeth Salander, whom he imagined as an adult version of Swedish children's icon Pippi Longstocking. Larsson eventually finished three (and a half) novels before he died of a massive heart attack in November of 2004, a few months before his official debut as a mystery writer. As of early 2010, the "Millennium" trilogy has sold more than 27 million copies worldwide. Although Larsson had stated that he wanted the assets of his estate to go towards the Swedish Socialist Party, he never finalized his will, so all of the proceeds of his books have gone to his father and brother, with the Swedish authorities taking a healthy cut thanks to inheritance taxes. But Eva Gabrielsson has the only copy of the uncompleted manuscript for the 4th book, and she has said that she will never publish it unless she gets the rights to Larsson's other books in order to distribute his earnings as he would have wished.

Praise

"What makes [THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE] outstanding is the author's ability to handle dozens of characters and parallel narratives without ever losing tension. Larsson was as vexed by misogyny as any author I've come across, but he was also a fantastic storyteller. This novel will leave readers on the edge of their seats." - Joan Smith 01/11/2009

"Fans of intelligent page-turners will be more than satisfied by Larsson's second thriller....Powerful prose and intriguing lead characters will carry...readers along." 06/08/2009

"[The novel] boasts an intricate, puzzlelike story line that attests to Mr. Larsson's improved plotting abilities, a story line that simultaneously moves backward into Salander's traumatic past, even as it accelerates toward its startling and violent conclusion." - Michiko Kakutani 07/16/2009

"THE GIRL WITH WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE confirms the impression left by DRAGON TATTOO. Here is a writer with two skills useful in entertaining readers royally: creating characters who are complex, believable and appealing even when they act against their own best interest; and parceling out information in a consistently enthralling way." - Dennis Drabelle 07/27/2009

"FIRE remains superior to many mysteries, and Larsson's gifts are substantial." - Karen Heller 08/02/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0724
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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