Title: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1)
Author: Stieg Larsson
Translator: Reg Keeland
Pages: Hardcover 465 pages
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday
Date Published: September 16th 2008
Genre: Mystery, Mystery Crime, Suspense
Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist one day and another he is hired to be a private investigator but isn’t quite sure what it is he should be investigating since his case has already been investigated by police and has been unsolved for nearly forty years. Later on he gets help from an incredible computer hacker with big issues, Lisbeth Salander.
This book was hard to begin; it was a little slow at the beginning and only picked up at around one third through it. I actually really liked it, but I didn’t read it all at once, I did pause for a month or two. Great plot and characters. It was suspenseful and interesting. I am not a big fan of Mystery Crime novels because they seem a little boring to me but this book was different maybe because it is easier to connect to these characters than with other ones in other Mystery Crime books, at least in my opinion. Lisbeth Salander is such a fascinating character it is hard not to like her. Once you read this book you will be shocked at the types of problems she is in and you won’t help but feel bad for her. Larsson isn’t afraid to be explicit; there will be a couple of things that might shake you.
I recommend this to anyone that is into the Mystery Crime genre and to anyone that is willing to read something different.