28—The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

From page one I was hooked. In this sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we learn a whole lot more about Lisbeth Salander and what happened in her early life that formed her anti-social personality.

Mikael Blomkvist, owner of the investigative magazine Millennium has been approached by a journalist who is writing a book on the sex trafficking. Blomkvist hires the journalist and plans to publish his book and create an upcoming issue of Millennium devoted to the book and sex trafficking.

The month before the issue is due out the journalist and his girl friend are killed execution style as is Salander's guardian/rapist. Lisbeth is tied to the killings and a nationwide hunt for her begins.

Blomkvist and Armansky (Salander's former employer) launch their own parallel investigation to the police's investigation into the murders and Salander's disappearance. The hunt to find the murderer and prove Lisbeth's innocence is spellbinding.

This is as gripping a mystery tale as I've ever read. It's better than the first book which was terrific.

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