Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tattoos and Fire

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the first in a trilogy called Millennium) and author, Stieg Larsson, (1954-2004) hail from the land of the Lapp, midnight sun, and those stereotypical blondes we’re always hearing about; and presently this book is a hot pick. (So is the movie, not yet available in the USA.)

The story opens with the hero, middle-aged financial journalist Mikaeh (Kalle) Blomkvist, being convicted of slander and on his way to a Scandinavian slammer. His credentials are shot and after serving his sentence he reluctantly takes a job investigating the disappearance of a young girl, an incident that happened to one of Sweden’s wealthiest family’s some forty years earlier.

The white snow of incidence begins to turn a dirty gray the deeper he digs but to get to the bottom he needs the help of a 19 year-old Gothic super hacker named Lisbeth Salander. She has a tattoo of a dragon on her back shoulder. The book’s original title was “Men Who Hate Women” just to give you some idea of the overall tome-tone. Read the first page and you’ll be hooked to the last, I promise you.

Here’s hoping Larsson’s second in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire, released this past Tuesday, is just as good. Read it and we'll talk...

Post by Phil Carr