A week before the publication of The Girl Who Played With Fire, the New York Times praises Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s follow up to his breakout debut thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Preorders have already pushed the book up to #19 on Amazon, prior to its July 28 release. Library reserves in four major systems run as high as 367 on 10 copies or more, though one library has 238 holds on 1 copy.

The Times declares that although the book’s ending is “gory, harrowing and operatically over the top,” the reason it works “is the same reason that ‘Dragon Tattoo’ worked: Mr. Larsson’s two central characters, Salander and Blomkvist, transcend their genre and insinuate themselves in the reader’s mind through their oddball individuality, their professional competence and, surprisingly, their emotional vulnerability.”

Variety columnist Liz Smith adds that you really need to have read the first book to enjoy the second one; and also that there is a third book coming, although the author died in 2004.

The Girl Who Played with Fire
Stieg Larsson
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf – (2009-07-28)
ISBN / EAN: 0307269981 / 9780307269980

Audio available from Random House on 07/01/2009

  • Compact Disc; 39.95; IBSN 978073938417

Large Print available from Random House Large Print Publishing

  • $25.95; ISBN 9780739384169

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