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Book review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
21st-Dec-2009 04:02 pm
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I'd heard a couple of people say how much they enjoyed Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy, so I decided to give the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a chance. Mikael, a recently-disgraced journalist is given a chance to get out of the spotlight for a while, by a billionaire industrialist who wants him to investigate a 40-year-old mystery: The disappearance of his niece, who the old man is convinced was murdered. Meanwhile the girl of the title, Lisbeth is a possibly autistic investigator with a gift for hacking (computers, not phlegm) who has been hired to investigate Mikael himself. The book throws in a lot of different elements, from thriller to old-fashioned detective story, and mixes them up in sometimes unusual ways. I don't know if it's an idiosyncracy of Swedish writing or this particular writer but the pacing is pretty interesting - Mikael and Lisbeth's eventual meeting comes out of the blue, and some of the major plot strands are resolved long before the end - and rather than make the story feel sloppy instead it makes it more unpredictable. I definitely enjoyed it, largely for having a unique feel to it, and will have to get the other two books in the series.
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