23. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Andrea, Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Laarson, 590 pages, read by Andrea, on 04/21/2012

Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist specializing in financial issues in major companies, has been convicted and sentenced to prison for libel. Part owner of Millenium magazine, his reputation as a journalist and that of his publication is in danger. Strangely enough, just when he believes his career as a journalist is beyond saving, he receives a request from 82-year-old businessman Henrik Vanger. Vanger wants Blomkvist to use his skills as an investigative journalist to find out what happened to his great-niece over 30 years ago. To prevent any other Vanger family members from finding out, Blomkvist is to write a family chronicle to cover up his investigations. Lisbeth Salandar, a bright young woman with a few problems in her past and present life, is a quirky, tattooed, underweight computer genius who works for Milton Securities. Specializing in personal investigations, she partners up with Blomkvist to help solve Henrik’s mystery. Full of murder, suspense, and a little romance, this book was pretty interesting – especially the little twists that were worked into the storyline. A little dry in some parts, however, this book focused more on little details that would not have been necessary to understand the characters’ situations. Probably my favorite part of the book was how Laarson switched rather seamlessly from Lisbeth’s to Mikael’s point of view, giving the reader a bird’s eye view of the situations in the book. I’m not sure if the book deserved all the hype it got or not. Guess I will have to read the other two to make my final judgement on the series overall.

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