Book Review: The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson

      For the past several weeks I have listened to the CD format of the book The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson during my commute.  The narrator was excellent--I completely forgot about him, although I can't speak to his ability with the Swedish language.  The story kept me fascinated from beginning to end.  One caveat--this is a gritty read. It has all the factors which usually drive me away from an author--extreme violence, language, sex, and more.  
     However, I can't really say I am sorry I read this one--I liked the main characters, was irresistably drawn into the various plots, and I could not guess "who done it!" The main character, Mikhael, and his friend Lispeth are complex, intriguing people--not necessarily admirable, but certainly sympathetic.   Mikhael is a successful journalist involved in a publishing scandal; Lispeth is a punk hacker, a ward of the state, possibly with Asperger's syndrome. This unlikely couple must unravel the disappearance of a young girl in the 1960's, with small hope they will find anything. Some backhistory of World War II and Nazism in Sweden is included as a fascinating sideline, more interesting after I read the author's bio (Check him out!). If a setting in sometimes bitterly cold Sweden with family intrigue, legal problems, a stint in jail, and lots of suspense appeals to you--grab this book!

4 out of 5 stars