Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is sentenced to jail for libelous statements against a powerful businessman when contacted by Henrik Vanger, the elderly head of a very famous family.

Vanger offers Blomkvist information about the powerful businessman as well as a hefty payday if Blomkvist solves a family mystery–what happened to Harriet Vanger, the magnate’s young niece who disappeared decades before?

Mikael, assisted by the mysterious Lisbeth Salander, delves deeply into the family history, uncovers a deadly family secret–but is THAT secret the answer to the greater mystery of Harriet Vanger’s disappearance/murder?

I was initially reluctant to read this novel, because I had a promblem getting through the first 40 pages as well as the fact that I didn’t like the amount of hype it was getting. I am skeptical of the hyped books on occasion, just from a book lover’s standpoint.

But that reluctance was unfounded as I soon became addicted to the Milennium Trilogy’s first book. And then I did some research of my own into Larsson’s life. I purchased this book and decided to bookcross it. It’s a wonderful book and I cannot wait to read more of the series.

4.5/5

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
600 pages Vintage Crime
Trade paperback: June 2009 Retail: $14.00

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