Have you ever had an experience wherein the title of the book was enough to convince you to pick it up and purchase it? Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” did it for me—largely because I have a soft spot for tough girls that can hold their own with the boys. I purchased the book, vaguely skimming through the short summary on the back cover.
And I sure was in for one crazy ride. (Really, who would have thought that Sweden could come up with this underworld drama? My notions of equating the country with just Volvo and Ikea have been shattered.)
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” begins with journalist Mikael Blomkvist losing a libel case against Swedish magnate Hans-Erik Wennerström, which lead to Blomkvist serving time in prison. Following his release (and perhaps as a way to cope with his fall from grace), Blomkvist accepts an offer from Henrik Vanger, an aging former CEO, to write chronicle the Vanger family’s history—just a ruse to cover up the journalist’s real mission: to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of Vanger’s niece Harriet some 40 years ago.