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The Girl Who Played with Fire ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Simon Vance
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The Girl Who Played with Fire, shifts focus from journalist, Mikhail Blomkvist, onto the socially awkward computer hacker Lisbeth Salander.  Lisbeth becomes entangled in an investigation into sex trafficking, murder, and establishment corruption.  An expert hacker and mathematics-obsessive she is difficult, psychologically traumatised, and capable of extreme violence as she confronts her former attacker and guardian, the police and her father.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Simon Vance
13 discs

The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness, assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism and a surprising connection between themselves.

Note:  While this is an incredible story with the perfect ending, yet I found the violence wholly chilling and beyond what I normally manage.   However, the passages containing violence are pivotal to the character’s background and methodology.

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The Painter of Battles ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Simon Vance

7 discs

Abandoning the battlefield for an isolated life on the Spanish coast, war photographer Andrés Faulques spends his time painting murals containing images of human conflict until his solitude is interrupted by a man whose life had been altered forever by one of Faulques’ images.  Forced to face the tragedies of others the painter of battles learns to let go of his own personal loss.

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The Art Thief ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Simon Vance

artWhile three separate thefts are simultaneously investigated in three separate cities, Rome, Paris and London, the apparently unrelated crimes have more in common than anyone imagines. In each city, the authorities enlist the help of a renowned art investigator, police inspectors, and Scotland Yard. A trail of bizarre clues and intellectual puzzles reveals forgeries, over-paintings, thefts, and double-crosses leading ever deeper into a baffling conspiracy.

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