Thrilling stuff

6 10 2009

The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family.

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He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

This really is an excellent yarn, an exciting and compelling thriller. Seems also to have sold squillions of copies worldwide and is one of those books always recommended on Amazon, no matter which other books you are interested in. Was genuinely surprised how much I enjoyed it. The back story about the author is also intriguing:

Stieg Larsson was the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Expo. He was a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist organisations. He died in 2004, soon after delivering the text of the novels that make up the Millennium Trilogy.

Looking forward to reading the next one. And no doubt the movie is already in production…

four stars

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