The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
2009-06 – Paperback
I was casting about for something engrossing to read recently, when I remembered that the second Stieg Larsson mystery would be out soon, and I hadn’t yet read the first, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Sometimes with a mystery series it doesn’t make a difference in which order you read them; the plots don’t build on each other. I checked with our Random House sales rep on this series, though, and she told me to read them in order. So I picked up a copy of the paperback and set to.
WOW! It was a slow start, and the Swedish names were a little bit confusing, but once I adjusted to being in a different world, I was totally hooked. The story includes mystery, romance, financial skulduggery, and a saga of a dysfunctional family that functions worse than most. After reading it, I understand why I had to read this one first–the female protagonist has a lot of backstory to tell, and encountering her without the backstory would be akin to eating the cherry but ignoring the sundae.
If you are looking for an impossible to put down summer read that will last a week or so, this is for you. I’ll let you know if the follow-up, The Girl Who Played with Fire, is as good, but I suspect it will be. Bliss!
[You're getting two cover choices today! The book is available in two paperback sizes. The smaller edition has the movie related cover on it. But you know how I feel about this. Read the book! "You can't judge a book by its movie." -Stanley]