Friday, April 1, 2016

20. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

#1 Millenium Trilogy
translated from Swedish by Reg Keeland
13 unabridged cds whilst driving back & forth from work and around town when not in work...
2005 Knopf
 465 pgs.
Very adult Murder Mystery
Goodreads rating: 4.09
My rating:5
Setting: Sweden, starts in Stockhilm,but mostly on the coast more up north

First line/s:  "It happened every year, was almost a ritual.  And this was his eighty-second birthday.  When, as usual, the flower was delivered, he took off the wrapping paper and then  picked up the telephone to call Detective Superintendent Morrell who, when he retired, had moved to Lake Siljan in Dalarna."

My comments: Oh my, I'm SO glad I read this.  I've seen both versions of the movie - totally enjoying them both - but the book was incredibly different, more so than the usual book-to-movie translations.  Unsettling, yes.  Thought-provoking, yes.  A twisting-turning-terrible mystery to solve, yes.  I loved being able to get into Salander's head, even if it was only a little and only for short amounts of time.  I can't wait to read the next one! (Which I'll probably listen to, because the narrator was wonderful.)

Goodreads synopsis:  Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there's always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

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