Boulder City Magazine® October 2010 Issue
by Fran Haraway
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
by Steig Larssen
I really thought the fault was in me. I was several pages into this book and I thought to myself, I am not enjoying this at all. Well, I kept on, and soon I was reading one of the most riveting mysteries I’ve come across in a long time.
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|Then - days after I finished the book - I watched a discussion on the “Today” show, and people were saying, “The first one hundred pages are really hard to get through.” Vindication! It wasn’t my fault at all!
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (once you get into it) is an intriguing tale with the following characters:
Lisbeth Salander is a twenty-five-year-old, combat booted gamin with pierced body parts and multiple tattoos. She is also “an information junkie who had a delinquent child’s take on morals and ethics.” She can find out anything about anybody.
Mikael Bloomkvist is a financial journalist who has recently been found guilty of libel after accusing a well-known businessman of illegal profiteering. He is having a decades-long affair with Erika Berger, his co publisher of Millenium and a married woman whose husband knows about the affair and accepts it.
Henrik Vanger is an eighty-two year old retired captain of industry who hires Bloomkvist to find out who murdered his granddaughter, Harriet.
Dragan Armansky, Lisbet’s boss, is the CEO of the Milton Security Company. A lawyer named Frode (who is Henrik Vanger’s lawyer) has hired Milton Security to find out everything about Bloomkvist, and Lisbeth has been doing the digging.
The interaction among these people - their alliances, their secrets - is the stuff from which successful novels are made. Once you get involved in the story, putting the book down is not an option.
If you can handle the sex, violence and Swedish pop culture (which mystifies the uninformed like myself) then you are left with an adventure containing so many mysteries that, the more you read, the more you want to know. But don’t skip to the end! It’s the journey that has the power.
If you are interested in this book or would like to learn more, contact me at info@bouldercity magazine.com.
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