The Girl Who Played with Fire
by Stieg Larsson
Who else loves these references to places and food and technology?
Långholmsgatan near Vӓsterbron, Upplandsgatan near Odenplan, Allhelgonagatan, Nynӓsvӓgen! Frozen fish casseroles, calamari and chips with a bottle of Carib, Billy’s Pan Pizza. The Apple PowerBook G4 titanium with a 17-inch screen, the Palm PDA with a folding keyboard…The references go on and on and I thoroughly enjoyed these details as well as the entire plot and the hundreds of characters who appear in Stieg Larsson’s second book in the series of Lisbeth Salander adventures.
Salander is a great combination of kick-butt attitude and underdeveloped social skills. Larsson continues to show his disgust of violence against women and child abuse and I think it is in this book where the reader fully commits to Lisbeth’s character. There is plenty of action and many questions hang as the book ends. I think this second book is even better than the first!
Stay tuned to my comments on The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest!