The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

First of all, the title is a bit misleading. Yes there’s a girl that has a dragon tattoo, her name is Lisbeth Salander, but she’s not really the star of the book. She’s in it and she does stuff, but it’s not until the end of this book and throughout the next book that she’s the primary star.

Also, I believe the original Swedish title for this book was something along the lines of “Men Who Hate Women.” – A theme that becomes apparent as the plot thickens.

Mikael “Kalle” Blomkvist is a disgraced journalist. He published a story without any real facts (all the ones he had turned out to be forgeries) and is sentenced to three months in jail.

He is then contacted by Henrik Vanger. Vanger, who knew Mikael in his youth, is an old business tycoon with a problem. His niece, Harriet, died mysteriously in the 1960s and he wants Mikael to go over the 40-year-old investigation and see if he can use his super-sleuth powers to find something the police didn’t.

Meanwhile Lisbeth Salander gets molested by her guardian and eventually gets a weird form of payback.

At a turning point in the investigation, Lisbeth and Mikael team up, as she’s supposed to be a better sleuth than Mikael. She’s also an excellent golfer…

This was a gripping page-turner. I actually bought this book and its sequel figuring it would be as good as people say it is. It was. The only problem I had with it wasn’t the book’s fault: I’m not an expert in Swedish history.

In all, this series is off to a fine start. If the rest of the books in this series are half this good, this series is going to rock.


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