Title: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1)
Author: Stieg Larsson
Translator: Reg Keeland
Pages: Hardcover 465 pages
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday
Date Published: September 16th 2008
Genre: Mystery, Mystery Crime, Suspense
Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there’sno turning back. This debut thriller–the first in a trilogy from the lateStieg Larsson–is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston andMichael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist,watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appearbleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name isextended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch–and there’salways a catch–is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching amysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades.With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator LisbethSalander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is asit seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you reallydon’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
Mikael Blomkvistis a journalist one day and another he is hired to be a private investigatorbut isn’t quite sure what it is he should be investigating since his case hasalready been investigated by police and has been unsolved for nearly fortyyears. Later on he gets help from an incredible computer hacker with bigissues, Lisbeth Salander.
This book washard to begin; it was a little slow at the beginning and only picked up ataround one third through it. I actually really liked it, but I didn’t read itall at once, I did pause for a month or two. Great plot and characters. It wassuspenseful and interesting. I am not a big fan of Mystery Crime novels becausethey seem a little boring to me but this book was different maybe because it iseasier to connect to these characters than with other ones in other MysteryCrime books, at least in my opinion. Lisbeth Salander is such a fascinatingcharacter it is hard not to like her. Once you read this book you will beshocked at the types of problems she is in and you won’t help but feel bad forher. Larsson isn’t afraid to be explicit; there will be a couple of things thatmight shake you.
I recommend thisto anyone that is into the Mystery Crime genre and to anyone that is willing toread something different.