The second book of a trilogy by Stieg Larsson (1952 - 2004), The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) follows The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2008). I enjoyed Dragon and blogged about it a few months ago. It was a dark thriller; Fire is also a dark thriller, almost as dark and violent as the first.
The main characters are the same – Mikael Blomkvist, writer and publisher, and Lisbeth Salander. Salander’s character is evocative. Salander is by far the more interesting, as she was in Dragon, and more is learned about her background in this sequel.
Dag Svensson, a freelance journalist, plans to publish a story that exposes participants in the sex trafficking business based on research conducted by his girlfriend, Mia Johansson, a criminologist and scholar. Before the story and book can be published they are both killed. Salander is the prime suspect after the police find her fingerprints on the murder weapon. Salander is on a survival run while Blomkvist and others try to prove her innocent of the murder. There are a lot of close calls and far-fetched scenarios – all of which make for an interesting read.
I am anxious for the final novel, The Girl Who Kicked a Wasp’s Nest (2010) to come out! It should be a good follow up!