Stieg Larsson

The number seven book on Amazon’s Best Books of 2009 is The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. Mr. Larsson was the second best-selling author in the world during 2008. His fame as an author rests on the Millenium Trilogy of crime novels of which The Girl Who Played With Fire is the second installment (the first is The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo). These books have been wildly successful but Mr. Larsson unfortunately did not live to enjoy this success. He had a varied career before he became a novelist. He was a journalist in Sweden, a science fiction devotee and a crusader against right-wing extremism and neo-Nazis in Sweden. He had received many death threats from right-wing extremists in Sweden. He died in November of 2004 from a massive heart attack. The eagerly anticipated third entry in the series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest will be published in the United States on May 25, 2010. Curiously for a writer of a crime series, Larsson cited as one of his major influences Pippi Longstocking!

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