The Girl Who Played with Fire

“The Girl who Played with Fire” is the second novel in The Millennium Trilogy and was firstcontent-images-stieglarsson_v2-right_books_offering published in 2006.
 It was published in English in 2009 and straight away became a No. 1 Best Seller in UK and was the first translated novel to do that in the hardback chart.

It won the Swedish Crime Writers Academy Award in 2006 for The Best Swedish Crime Novel .
According to figures from June 2011, the Millennium Trilogy has together sold 60 million copies in more than 50 countries. 

Plot summary

Lisbeth Salander is wanted for a triple murder. All three victims are connected to a trafficking expose about to be published in Mikael Blomqvists magazine Millenium, and Lisbeths fingerprints are on the weapon.

Lisbeth vanishes to avoid capture by the justice. Mikael, not believing the police, is
despairingly trying to clear her name, using all his resources and the staff of his magazine. During this process, Mikael discovers Lisbeths past, a terrible story of abuse and traumatizing experiences growing up in the Swedish care system.

When he eventually finds her, it’s only to discover that she is far more entangled in his initial investigation of the sex industry than he could ever imagine.

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305 thoughts on “The Girl Who Played with Fire”
  1. Thank god there’s a sequel! I finished the first book thirty seconds ago and I would have been crushed if it stopped there! Absolutely enveloping.


  2. I can’t stand the long wait for the second in the series. It’s not fair that it won’t be available in English until 2009. The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo was incredible.


  3. were are the two others books

    When are they going to be published in Portuguese or in English

    I want to be with those two people Blommkvist and Salander

    Norberto in New York and Lisbon,

  4. Some background info on the English translations: I finished all 3 in 2006, but due to the delays inherent in the publishing business, they are being released in 2008/09/10. Every publisher wants to have a book out on the market for a year to milk the most sales possible before releasing the next one. Cruel but true. Be aware that the UK versions are much different from the US versions, which I feel are closer to Larsson’s intent and language. But then the US versions are coming out 6 months later… Lisbeth is definitely the focus of books 2 & 3, and she does indeed rock!

    Reg Keeland,

  5. I do absolutely agree with the other readers. I finished reading vol 1 yesterday and couldn’t refrain from going in search of the second. What a pity it’s not going to be available until 2009, in english.

    I have to say that I loved the language !! Thanks for this beautiful translation!!


  6. I just finished reading the first book in french… and I have to be honest the translation feels a bit off… maybe Swedish is hard to translate in french I don’t know… I So I’m thinking I should try reading the next ones in English but they do not seem to be available yet…maybe I’ll read them in french first…cause I really…really…really want to know what is gonna happen next… then re-read them in English


  7. Just finished ‘Tattoo’ – what a read! Didn’t expect it to be anything like as page-turning, stomach-wrenching or mind-blowing. Cannot wait now to read the serquels.


  8. I have just finished the second book..I was very lucky and my friend found an English copy in the book shop at Stockholm Airport! She sent it to me express and I finished it..and I’m so upset..because it was so good, I don’t think I can wait 2 years for the next one!!!


  9. I cannot put this book down! I am really hoping the “la reina en el palacio de las corrientes de aire” (the title of the third book in spanish) will be out there soon!! Can’t wait!


  10. I had just finished the first book, i can’t wait to get the second. Does anyone know where to buy the second book…

    yeoh, 24 December 2008

  11. The best book on a long plane ride. Where’s the second book in English??? In the US or in the UK

    Anni Broughton,

  12. I just finished the ‘Dragon Tattoo and Lisbeth has enthralled me. I was wondering where I would get the next book and came to this site immediately only to find all your comments of no English copies – I am devastated! The only consolation is it will surely be worth the wait.

    Pat Sorensen, South Africa,

  13. Second book has already been release in Australia!

    I’m about 1/4 way through it and it is great. Character development is strong and builds very well from the 1st book.

    You will enjoy….

    Fabian T – Australia,

  14. Just finished the the girl with the tattoo dragon wondering when the 2nd book is availble in New Zealand, couldn’t put the book down and. An excelletn read

    Kylee G – New Zealand,

  15. In Italy the third book is out in a few days! why it takes so long in the UK?? i can’t wait until 2010!!!

    Alessandra F – London,

  16. Best Christmas present ever, I thought I would have to wait until feb 2009 for the second book, “The girl who played with fire”, but there it was under my Christmas tree. Fabulous book that I have not put down. The character development of the girl Salander is great. How on earth can I wait for a whole year to find out what happens in the third book.

    Sandra A – Australia,

  17. I’ve read volumes 1 and 2 of the trilogy. They are easily the best novels in this genre! I can’t wait to read volume three. What am I going to do for 12 months without Lisbeth Salander?


  18. Reg,

    You wrote “Be aware that the UK versions are much different from the US versions.” What are the major differences? I assume it more than spelling. It annoys me greatly when books are changed for the US audience.

    Mack Lundy/US,

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