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...