My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is what we film geeks refer to as an “Empire Strikes Back.” It’s a sequel that is very much the superior piece in a trilogy that, no matter how good, couldn’t have existed without part one.
THWPwF is a great book that takes the intrigue behind the character of Lisbeth and elevates her from a part of the story to THE story. There’s more at play than just a hacker/social misfit when it comes to Salander, and Stieg Larsson did a great job setting up the some of the details in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” to help make this story suddenly move with breakneck speed.
Part two of “The Millenium Trilogy,” it makes for great reading. The whole story seems like it could have been told with Mulder & Scully walking around in the wings: government conspiracies; cover ups; computer technology wizards; and secret family histories.
This is my favorite of Steig Larson’s books and the one that most makes me wish he were still around to keep the story going.