The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Wow, I loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I simply could not put it down, and did not want it to end, which explains why I shelled out hard-earned dollars (well, earned dollars) for the hardback edition of the next book, The Girl Who Played With Fire, which I’m currently reading.
There are really few people I can think of who wouldn’t like this book. A Swedish journalist is convicted of libel and has to step back from his magazine to ensure its survival, so he accepts a job from an old rich businessman to solve the disappearance/find the murderer of his niece who disappeared 40 years ago. The journalist recruits a hell of a character, a female private investigator, to help him, and the two of them get caught up in a murder mystery. I will say there are definitely some uncomfortable scenes and themes, including some that might be triggering, but overall, this book rocked my socks off, and I can only hope the next two are as good.
Background: Steig Larsson turned in three manuscripts before he died. This one is the first novel, Fire is the second, and the third will be released in May 2010.