Book Review: Stieg Larsson

- nrlymrtl, 4/20/11

I have been putting off this review until I completed the trilogy; however, I have been on the library waiting list for months for the third book. Larsson created one of my favorite modern-day heroines, Lisbeth Salander. She is an extremely private person, introverted and blunt. She is also highly intelligent and has a strong sense of right and wrong. At not even five feet, maybe 100 pounds, she fights with cunning and sometimes with her computer.

In the first novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the reader is introduced to Salander and an investigative journalist, Mikael Blomkvist. Mikael has been hired by a rich family patriarch to solve an ancient murder. Through twist and turns, Lisbeth and Mikael end up working together and develop somewhat of a friendship and even romance. It’s a nitty gritty wonderfully intricate mystery that surprised me.

The second novel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, picks up a few months after the ending of the first. Lisbeth is much more the focus of the second book. In fact, someone wants her dead. It’s a good thing she picked up a blond wig and some high heels to change her look. Lisbeth learns that the few friends she does have are precious to her and when some of them get injured, she goes after those who are hunting her. She meets part of her goal at the end, with a twist I totally did not expect. Mikael shows up through out the novel. He is trying to help her, but she won’t let him near. He does what he can, unraveling some of the mystery of Lisbeth Salander.

The third and final novel (Larsson is dead) is The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.  I can’t wait for the library to let me know it’s ready to pick up. Note that I listened to the audiobooks, which were performed by Simon Vance (who has done an awesome job). Expect a final write up after I get my hands on the third audiobook.