Saturday, 23 April 2011
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
In this story Lisbeth Salander comes back to Stockholm after over a year away travelling. She has broken all contact with the journalist Mikael Blomkvist and sets about making a new life, buying an apartment, furniture from IKEA and a second-hand car, just like a normal person. But Salander is not normal, she is obsessively secretive about herself, doesn't let anyone know her new address, buys the apartment under a false name and still sometimes goes about in disguise.
Meanwhile, at Millennium magazine, Blomkvist and his colleagues are preparing a special edition about the sex industry. This involves making contact with some very unsavoury and dangerous individuals.
The two stories collide when two people who are providing most of the information for the Millennium special edition are murdered and Salander is implicated in their deaths.
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first. It moves along at a cracking pace, and packs in the information. There were a couple of times I had to refer back to check something I'd missed at first read. I thought that Blomkvist took a back seat and it was more Salander's story.
It seems a bit redundant to recommend a book which is an international best seller and phenomenon, but I do anyway.