I could not get into The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, until I reached the description of Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, facial piercings, a girl with attitude, then I was hooked.
Mikael Blomkvist, the investigative journalist, a scourge of corruption and right-wing Fascists, is very autobiographical of the author Stieg Larsson.
I loved his description of lazy financial journalists, who simply regurgitate corporate press releases without any critical scrutiny. This would be like reporting one side of a criminal trial, or accepting unchallenged what the government of the day is doing. No self-respecting journalist would do this, though I can think of several juvenile hacks on a local rag who do just that, regurgitate press releases and call it news.
It is very rare for me to identify with characters in a novel. I found I was able to identify with both characters.
The style is strange, neither that of a thriller, nor that of a work of literature.
I liked that the action is in Sweden, as it brought back places I know and have visited. Also the use of the public key encryption package PGP.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was first published in Sweden as Män Som Hatar Kvinnor. It is the first novel in the Millennium trilogy.
Special thanks to Paulo Coelho who recommended Stieg Larsson.
Synchronicity: I could not find any books by Stieg Larsson anywhere. Then a friend bought me the hard back of the third novel as a present. The same day I found The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo!
Warning: Do not watch the film if you have not read the book as it will spoil the book.
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