The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by the late Stieg Larsson, the first book in his millennium trilogy. Even the story of the novel is sad and unusual as Larsson died soon after the manuscripts for his three novels were submitted to a publisher and as a result he did not see how popular the books became.
The story is about a journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his attempts to solve the mysteries around the secretive and wealthy Vanger family, owners of a giant Corporation. In this he is helped by Lisbeth Salander, an enigmatic and very dangerous computer hacker who usually has her own agenda and is not averse to working outside the law. The story of how they solve the disappearance of a child many years before and how it relates to the present family members is very well told. The developing relationship between Blomkvist and Salander is extremely well written and also very well developed as the story moved on. I found the plot easy to follow and it was mostly believable too. There are some gory bits in the book but nothing more than often featured in crime novels. I thought that it was a really good book and was difficult to put down. The writing was not too bad at all and we thought the translator made an excellent job of the Swedish to English translation. It’s not the greatest novel you will ever read but it’s a thumping good read nonetheless.