The second installment of the Millenium trilogy picks up about two years after the first. Lisbeth Salander has been travelling for a year, first to Europe where she had breast augmentation surgery, then on to the Caribbean. There she relaxes, studies math equations, and saves a woman from being murdered by her husband during a hurricane.
Back in Stockholm, Mikael Blomkvist is making a deal with freelance journalist Dag Svensson, who is doing a powerful expose on the Swedish sex trade. Naming names, its publication will bring down many of the rich and powerful. When he and his girlfriend Mia Johanssen are executed in their apartment, Blomkvist is devastated. When word leaks out that Lisbeth’s fingerprints are on the murder weapon the bewildered Mikael and former boss Dagon Armansky launch their own investigations into the murders.
I admit that I did not find this book as enjoyable as The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo. It comes down to a simple matter of taste. I just don’t care for mistaken identity, cops-looking-for-the-wrong-perp, plot situations. The Fugitive worked well but on the whole, they are formulaic and predictable. I also have my doubts that detectives are that dumb and narrow-minded.
But it definitely had its moments. Most are at the middle and towards the end so I don’t want to give spoilers. It’s not a bad book, not by a longshot. But if I were to recommend one to a friend, it would be The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo.