Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first novel in a trilogy written by Stieg Larsson. Unfortunately, the author passed away in 2004 and the public will see no more (beyond the trilogy) from this talented author.

This novel is part financial intrigue, part family saga, and part murder mystery. The three parts are woven together to form a complex, thinking man's thriller. With the exception of approximately the first fifty pages, providing an inordinate amount of financial jargon and detail, the novel is a page turner. And, most of the remainder of the novel is necessary and adds to the story; however, there were one or two scenes that I could have done without. Not because of their graphic nature – as there is a good deal of that in the novel – but rather because they were not required. Why do so many authors throw in these predictable and highly unnecessary scenes?

Although the translation is not seamless, it is not too bad. I enjoyed the touches of Sweedish that pepper the story as it adds to the atmosphere, helping me experience Sweden for myself. The plot was interesting but not really unpredictable for me as I have the tendency to figure out every movie, television show, etc... within the first five minutes. The characters were well developed to the point where you wanted to know what would happen next to them.

Let Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist, and Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo and a genius computer hacker, take you on a journey to solve the mystery of Harriet Vanger, a girl who disappeared forty years ago.

I recommend to those who like mystery/thrillers. I think you will like this novel. I am looking forward to the sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire.

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