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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
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Jan 15, 12

bookshelves: crime
Read in February, 2012

At it's core, this is a good crime thriller/whodunnit. As a crime novel, this delivers, with plot twists, violence, revenge, and a fast pace. Based only in that, it would be worth reading, but there are a number of elements that elevate this one above the masses in the genre.

Outside of the main mystery, there is a subplot of big-business corruption and greed, as well as a generation-spanning story of a dysfunctional upper crust family. Add to this the well-constructed, complex characters, and you have a very satsfying read.

For me, as a Canadian, the Swedish setting was another big plus. The insight into the Swedish culture was really intersting, as you see aspects of Swedish media, justice, business, and veryday life.

Well worth reading, and after turning the last page, I can't imagine not wanting to read the two sequels.

The only downside... if you are planning to read this one slowly, it could be very difficult to keep up with "Who's who" in the Vanger family, past and present. Best not set this one down more than a couple of days.

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