Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposé on social injustice, this second book in the Millennium series 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.
Fans of intelligent page-turners will be more than satisfied by Larsson's second thriller, even though it falls short of the high standard set by its predecessor, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which introduced crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist and punk hacker savant Lisbeth Salander. A few weeks before Dag Svensson, a freelance journalist, plans to publish a story that exposes important people involved in Sweden's sex trafficking business based on research conducted by his girlfriend, Mia Johansson, a criminologist and gender studies scholar, the couple are shot to death in their Stockholm apartment. Salander, who has a history of violent tendencies, becomes the prime suspect after the police find her fingerprints on the murder weapon. While Blomkvist strives to clear Salander of the crime, some far-fetched twists help ensure her survival. Powerful prose and intriguing lead characters will carry most readers along.
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Awesome Read... loved the book...
The Bar was Set Too High
200 pages into the first book, ‘The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo’, I couldn’t put it down. I finished the rest of the remaining 400+ pages in a matter of days. 200 pages into this book, it took me 2 months to finish the remaining 400+ pages.
I agree with many of the negative reviews on here. It was unnecessarily detailed with unimportant information, drawn out as if this was the third & final book of the trilogy, & I really didn’t feel connected to any of the characters like I did with the first book.
The first book set the bar really high. I was greatly disappointed. RIP Stieg Larsson, thank you for the amazing first book either way.
Not as good as the first book. No ending...end was stupid. Could barely pay attention to most of it.