Being the second book of a trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson doesn’t in any way suffer from the sophomore slump. Where the first novel was more about Mikael Blomkvist, here it is Lisbeth Salander who is front and center, and deservedly so. The more Larsson reveals about her past and personality, the more interesting she seems. Events set in motion in the first novel, and schemes devised when Lisbeth Salander was merely a child, begin to come to a head as conspiracies unravel and Lisbeth sets her eyes on vengeance. Blomkvist is still an important player, but this one’s all about Lisbeth, and it’s a thrilling read from the beginning to the shockingly abrupt end.