“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

November 3, 2008 at 5:40 pm | Posted in Fiction | 5 Comments

If it isn’t on your list already, you want to find a copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo right away.  I finished it on Saturday, and said a little prayer of thanks that Stieg Larsson was kind enough to finish and submit all three volumes of this trilogy before he tragically passed away.  (A heart attack at age 50).  I also wondered whether there is an afterlife for unfinished works, and if we get to read them when we die.  Luckily, in this case, we don’t have to wait.  The second book of the series, The Girl Who Played with Fire, will be published this January.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a thriller, but of course it’s far more than your average detective story.  Larsson was a political activist who fought racism and right-wing extremist groups before he turned to writing novels.  His characters thus have all sorts of interesting discussions aside from the mechanics of solving the mystery – which is a really good one!  Larsson’s people are multi-dimensioned, intelligent, and unconventional.  The title character owns the story, though she doesn’t appear until page 30.  The world of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is highly engaging.

I take back what I said about getting this book right away.  You might want to pick it up in January, so you don’t have to wait two months for the sequel like I do.

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