The girl who played with fire by Stieg Larsson, translated from swedish by Reg Keeland was for the first time published in Great Britain in 2009 by Mac Lehose Press, London as english version of the original called Flickan som lekte med elden, first time published in Sweden, at Norstedts agency, Stockolm, in 2006.
As a thriller novel, the swedish story put into the light the life of the heroine Lisbeth Salander. The book represents the second part of the swedish trilogy which makes from Lisbeth Salander a well known name into the literary main characters.
The second part of the trilogy, aka The girl who played with the fire presents the complicated life of a swedish girl, who used not to have to much luck since early childhood. A young swedish teenager meet her future lover, which is not a common nobody, but a former soviet spy with a prodigeous career who seemed to failed one mission in Western Europe and his bosses wanted him out of business, he succeed to kill the one who’s sended for his head and needed then to runaway. Destiny or some good conveniences took him to Sweden where Sapo, the national police intelligence division valued him by offering political asylum and extraordinary protection. Duble identity, home, citizenship, job and based on his impressive knowledges gathered into a long career and skills he became one of the swedih most important national secret. Soon Agneta became the mum of two twin girls, one called Camilla and the other Lisbeth, without their parents being married anyway. The father, former soviet spy with a bad image just because needed to use back door to come out the scene of international espionage for russians, Alexander Zalatchenko on his name was just a drunk male who walk from one place to another and adventurous as could be his job, he didn’t have just a love or two, but many other, so all over the Europe, basicaly all over he did have missions he has a son or daughter.
So far, the novel action releaves that in the end of it, the place where Lisbeth fight with all media and police logistic and social oppinion that acused her of triple murders. In all this difficult position that she’s been caught into, she has a few allies like Kale Blomkvist, editor of one of the swedish high class magazine called Millenium, former professional boxer Paolo Roberto, her good time sex partner Miriam Wu, her former social gardian Palmgren and her former employer Armansky, who run a security agency and hired Lisbeth for some research job in the past. The hysteria started when at the crime scene investigation of two people, the police has found her DNA samples on the murder weapon, her last former guardian personal gun. The victims, two young people who were engaged, intelectuals, he as a journalist and she as a Phd researcher documented a sex trafficking mafia which interconect high rank politicians, police men, doctors, lawyers and so on. The link between all was hard to find, because digging deeply, Svenson has only reach his path, a pseudonym Zala. Before to be killed, shot in head as his fiancee was too, Svenson propose his research to be published as a book to Millennium magazine and he was so closed to find out the trace of Zala when it was murdered. Connections were spreaded from Zala, as the leader, to Bjork, as Zala’s Sapo personal protector for the leader of prostitution network which raped young girls from Baltics and former soviet nations aswell as running business with weapons and drugs, to Bjurman who was aswell one of the Sapo employers who got in charge with Zalatchenko admission as swedish citizen with special rights for the benefit of swedish national security and also his daughter Lisbeth social gardian. Well written, the story of the book reminds us of special heroes and heroines of the world’s history. Nothing is easy to get, not even your freedom, to prove your innocence, or to have your own life, far away from a crazy old bastard which in fact, a cruel destiny tells you to call him father or a half brother who aswell as the first one, tried for so long to kill you by hunting all over the world. Hybrid like old greek term of origin which is Hubris, meaning out of nature, different, or out of pattern, so abnormal it is also present in this novel which respects the well written skeleton of great prose.