The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (2006)
Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salandar are back in the second thriller of the Millennium series. Mikael and Millennium magazine is teaming up with journalist Dag Svensson and his girlfriend Mia Johansson to expose a sex-trafficking ring in Sweden, but just weeks before the research was to be published, Dag and Mia are murdered in their apartment. When police find Lisbeth Salandar’s prints on the murder weapon she becomes the prime suspect, and immediately goes into hiding. As the police scour the country for her, Mikael races to find proof of her innocence and uncover the real killers.
The Girl Who Played With Fire is fast-paced, propelling the reader through an otherwise daunting 630 pages. We learn a lot more about Lisbeth’s background in this book, which was satisfying after her rather mysterious introduction in the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I had mixed feelings about the ending – some (albeit minor) threads were left hanging and despite the long list of books I want to read (and already have out of the library) I’m dying to dive into the third and final installment of the series.