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Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Played With Fire

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Millennium 2: The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson
ISBN 978-0-670-06902-6
28 July 2009
$32.00 in Canada

There is no Canadian market information at this time, but I would expect the second volume to once again be published by Viking Canada (Penguin Group), to come out around July-September 2009, and to sell for $30.00-$35.00. More information will be added as it becomes available.

If you’re too impatient to wait for the North American release of the second volume, you can either try to import the British edition coming out in early January 2009, or live the Canadian dream by reading the French edition (which came out in Canada fully two years ago).

See also: excerpt and audio preview [mp3].

En français : La fille qui rêvait d’un bidon d’essence et d’une allumette


From the Canadian edition:

The fierce heart of this novel is Lisbeth Salander: the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who teamed up with crusading journalist Mikael Blomqvist in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

This time, Lisbeth is implicated in a murder: her fingerprints are found on the weapon used to kill two journalists the night before their explosive story about sex trafficking in Sweden was set to be published. Now, while Blomqvist— alone in his belief in her innocence — plunges into his own investigation of the slayings, Lisbeth is drawn into a hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revist her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.

From the British edition:

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered, and Salander’s prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society – but no-one can find her anywhere.

Meanwhile, Mikael Blomkvist, editor-in-chief of Millennium, will not believe what he hears on the news. Knowing Salander to be fierce when fearful, he is desperate to get to her before she is cornered and alone. As he fits the pieces of the puzzle together, he comes up against some hardened criminals, including the chainsaw-wielding ‘blond giant’ – a fearsomely huge thug who can feel no pain. Digging deeper, Blomkvist also unearths some heart-wrenching facts about Salander’s past life. Committed to psychiatric care aged 12, declared legally incompetent at 18, this is a messed-up young woman who is the product of an unjust and corrupt system. Yet Lisbeth is more avenging angel than helpless victim – descending on those that have hurt her with a righteous anger terrifying in its intensity and truly wonderful in its outcome.

The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second volume in the explosive Millennium Trilogy, which has sold more than 7.5 million copies worldwide.

From the American edition:

The electrifying follow-up to the phenomenal best seller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and this time it is Lisbeth Salander, the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker, who is the focus and fierce heart of the story.

Mikael Blomkvist—crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium—has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government.

On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered. But perhaps more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander.

Now, as Blomkvist—alone in his belief in her innocence—plunges into his own investigation of the slayings, Salander is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.

Written by Thomas

2008-12-28 at 01:41

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  1. You can find out a bit more about the UK edition of Book 2 on our Girl Who Played with Fire website (click on my name, above).

    Hope that helps,



    2009-01-13 at 11:42

  2. Hi Iain,

    Thanks for the URL. When I wrote this post, I tried to find something to link to on the main Quercus website, but there is no mention of ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’ anywhere on (the site hasn’t been updated with any new releases beyond November 2008). I will modify my post with a link to your website rather than to Bertrams.

    En passant, you might consider linking to from




    2009-01-13 at 21:47

  3. Hi Thomas,

    Yes, updating the Quercus website is my job for today (and tomorrow, probably – it takes ages!).




    2009-01-14 at 06:12

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