The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Larsson, Stieg. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. U.S. 2008. (Fiction Larss.S)

 

Best selling Swedish author Stieg Larsson died suddenly in 2004 at the young age of 50 on the eve of publication of this novel—the first of a trilogy of suspense novels to be released featuring crusading investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. After losing a libel case and facing a month-long prison term, Blomkvist takes on a free lance assignment before he’s due to serve his time to solve a 40-year-old cold case involving the missing, presumed murdered, Harriet Vanger, member of a powerful industrialist family. The shocking truths revealed as Blomkvist delves further and further into the case range from Nazi collusion, religious fanaticism, serial torture, corrupt business dealings, and deadly family feuds.

Blomkvist has help in the form of his assistant, Lisbeth Salander, a mystery herself. She’s a 24-year old genius computer hacker, a former ward of the state, mistakenly thought to be retarded with a ruthless will to be independent. She and Blomkvist make an unlikely team as the plot thickens and they grow to trust one another. If you enjoy a good yarn, a novel setting (it’s set in Sweden, of course, where I’ve learned nothing can be accomplished unless someone makes coffee), and a compelling set of characters sure to reappear in the subsequent two books, you can’t go wrong with this one.  (Barbara L., Reader’s Services)

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