Thursday, January 26, 2012

As Interesting As Its Predecessor, But Showcases Some Disappointing Villains

The Girl Who Played With Fire (Millennium Series #2) by Stieg Larsson (Knopf, 2009, 503pp.)

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Linked by evidence to the murder of two journalists, she’s on the run from the police - but the authorities aren’t the only ones. Unbeknownst to her, an old enemy has resurfaced after years in hiding - and he wants Salander dead. While certainly as interesting as its predecessor, The Girl Who Played With Fire showcases some pretty silly villains. One is an invincible giant incapable of feeling pain, another is a bitter, vindictive old man who’s been horribly disfigured. This sort of cartoonish villains best belong in children’s animated shows, not in serious crime fiction. Aside from that, fans will be pleased to learn more about Salander than the first book revealed.

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