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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
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Feb 08, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009, mystery, suspense, thriller, favorites, sequel
Read in March, 2009

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the first book in a three-book series set in modern day Stockholm, Sweden. Lisbeth Salander has suffered enormous sexual and emotional abuse in her past and has withdrawn to the point that she trusts no one. Marking events in her life through tattoos, she lives a solitary life working as a freelance researcher who does background checks and connecting primarily through the internet where she has "met" several fellow computer hackers.

Mikael Blomkvist is a financial journalist, managing editor of a magazine, and a self-appointed slayer of corporate criminals. Events lead to Mikael being hired by aging industrialist Henrik Vanger to solve the mystery of Henrik's niece, Harriet, who disappeared from the family home over thirty years ago when she was sixteen. Mikael and Lisbeth meet up when Mikael hires her to aid him in solving the mystery. While searching for new evidence into Harriet's disappearance, they begin to unearth unpleasant secrets in the Vanger family. Along with solving Harriet's disappearance, the book also follows Mikael's investigative efforts in proving the corruptness of wealthy industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerstrom and exposing his illegal financial activities.

I fear I may have made the book seem boring, but it is far from it. This intelligent thriller encompasses a multitude of intriguing and twisted characters that captivate you until the very end. Lisbeth's character is vast in its complexity and encompasses a silent strength of intellect. Her strong, but unconventional sense of morals, her pent-up passion, and her unyielding resolve made me love her all the more. The plot moves at a brisk pace while aided by a well-balanced cast of characters who are portrayed with such depth and intrigue that I could not stop reading. Don't let this book's popularity deter you from reading it. It's getting high marks for a reason.

The second book in this trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire, was published in January 2009. The third novel, tentatively titled The Air Castle That Blew Up, has no US publication date yet. I plan to read both soon. Very soon.

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