The Man Who Played With Fire

The Man Who Played With Fire

Stieg Larsson's Lost Files and the Hunt for An Assassin

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"The true story of the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's real-life obsession. When Stieg Larsson died, the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoos had been working on a true mystery that out-twisted his Millennium novels: the assassination on February 28, 1986, of Olof Palme, the Swedish prime minister. It was the first time in history that a head of state had been murdered without a clue who had done it, and on a Stockholm street at point-blank range. Internationally known for his fictional far-right villains, Larsson was well acquainted with their real-life counterparts and documented extremist activities throughout the world. For years he'd been amassing evidence that linked their terrorist acts to what he called "one of the most astounding murder cases" he'd ever covered. Larsson's archive was forgotten until journalist Jan Stocklassa was given exclusive access to the author's secret project. In 'The Man Who Played with Fire,' Stocklassa collects the pieces of Larsson's true-crime puzzle to follow the trail of intrigue, espionage, and conspiracy begun by one of the world's most famous thriller writers. Together they set out to solve a mystery that no one else could."--Jacket.
Publisher: Seattle : Amazon Crossing, 2019
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: 364.1524 S865m
Characteristics: xv, 488 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm

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maipenrai
Jan 10, 2020

First of all I believe the book and the title served to generate sales ( especially outside Sweden) by capitalizing on the success of Steig Larsson. Personally I read and really enjoyed the trilogy of "The Girl... . I was sad when Larsson passed away prematurely (not just because there would be no more great novels). Although Steig's research becomes the starting point for Jan Stocklassa's book, he largely disappears after the first third of the book. Second of all the information about the book states: Based on the findings, Swedish police now have a suspect for the first time in years. NOT!! They have a convoluted theory about the assassins that is so complex and involves so many players that it can never be proven unless someone still alive after 30 years confesses, produces the murder weapon, and / or documents the plan. This guy throws in everything but the kitchen sink - Iran, South Africa, arms dealers, oil sales, the CIA, Ronald Reagan, De Klerk, Swedish right wing organizations, bombings in London...... The only international figure of the time he seems to have missed is the Pope. Third and finally, Stocklassa is supposed to be a journalist. Where was his editor?????? This book should have been 200 pages shorter. No one reined in this loose cannon as he ran around playing James Bond, breaking laws and putting every thought and movement into this book. There are so many "suspects" that you end up with your eyes crossed. I feel misled by the ads for this book. I think it uses Steig Larsson's name as a money machine. I am angry at myself for not giving up on the book. Run, do not walk, away from this book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Walter724
Jan 04, 2020

I wanted to like this but I didn't finish reading it. I couldn't get into it...

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