By now you’ve all read, are reading, or planning to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. If you haven’t heard of Stieg Larsson, you can follow his success in the afterlife through a series of articles and reviews at the New York Times.
Anyway, the premise is pretty simple. Old rich guy close to death is obsessed with the disappearance of his favorite niece thirty plus years ago. In a last ditch attempt, he hires an investigative journalist who has lost all credibility in a libel suit and needs the work. Add in computer hacking girl with a photogenic memory, tattoos, and social disorders, and you’ve got an international best seller!
It’s hard to describe some of these books without sounding sarcastic, however, it’s an entertaining read and more thoughtful than your average mystery/thriller. It takes a while to get into, because the pace doesn’t take off until Blomkvist (journalist) and Salander (computer hacker) get together about a third of the way into the novel.
Anyway, it’s good, quick reading, although the ending is strange as it shifts toward another focus of the novel for sixty or so pages after the mystery has been solved.