Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first book in a thriller/suspense trilogy written by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson.  There was a ton of hype surrounding this book, and I finally got it from the library after being on the wait list for quite a while.  **Disclaimer-- there is a fair amount of bad language and some explicit, violent scenes in the book.**

It starts a little slow, with Larsson setting up the conflict between the protagonist, Mikael Blomkvist, and his nemesis, Hans-Erik Wennerstrom, a Swedish tycoon.  Blomkvist, a financial journalist, has been found guilty of libeling Wennerstrom and sentenced to a brief period in prison.  Because of this case, he is forced to resign as publisher of his magazine, Millennium.  Soon, he is contacted by aging Swedish industrialist, Henrik Vanger with an offer he can't refuse.  Vanger hires Blomkvist to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his favorite niece, Harriet.  Teamed up with hacker Lisbeth Salander, Blomkvist delves deeply into a world of deception, lies, and long-held secrets to expose the truth.

The writing is great, and the story moves very quickly (after the first fifty pages or so).  I love books when I can't see the ending coming, and this one definitely falls into that category.  The characters were written so incredibly complex that made them entirely believable.  This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and reading late into the night.

I can't wait for the second book, The Girl who Played with Fire, but apparently I'm going to have to since I'm #88 on the wait list for it at the library. 


  1. That sounds good!! I might have to check out Half Price Books this weekend (I have a 50% off coupon!!)

    Thanks for the review!


  2. Thanks for the tip! I'm always looking for new books to read!