*Disclaimer: This is one of a number of book reviews I will be posting before the end of 2011. Beginning in 2012 the format for book reviews will change and I will post once at the end of each month, reviewing all books read during that month.
Synopsis: "Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander's innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past."
Part two of the trilogy begins shortly after part one left off, with Salander, now extremely wealthy, vacationing away from Sweden and Mikael Blomkvist. Her bliss is short-lived, however, and she returns to Sweden, where she is drawn into a vicious murder investigation. Much more brutal, violent, and dark than part one, this installment is also much better, in my opinion. The plot moves quickly, the action is non-stop, and the climax provides exactly what the reader has been waiting for: a look into Salander's past.
This was definitely my favorite book of the trilogy; so much so that I literally couldn't put it down. It draws you in from the very beginning and doesn't let go. As soon as I finished this book I went to the store to get the third installment so that I could jump right in.