Stieg Larsson died in 2004 shortly after handing in the manuscripts for his Millennium Trilogy. ‘The girl with the dragon tattoo’ is the first in the series, followed by ‘The girl who played with fire’ then ‘The girl who kicked the hornets nest.’ It’s vital that these books are read in the correct order.
Mikael Blomkvist,a disgraced journalist, is given the task of investigating the case of a missing girl. The problem is that she went missing 40 years ago. He enlists the help of a talented computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth is a pierced, tattooed, anti social character with a troubled past. Despite their differences, an intriguing relationship forms.
The Millennium series is mysterious, thrilling and violent. I have read these over and over again and I’m sure I will read them again. A tag line from the Independent states ‘One of those books you just have to read,’ and I can’t agree more.
A note about the film… watch the 2009 Swedish version with subtitles. SO much better than the remake!
In 2015, David Lagercrantz released ‘The girl in the spider’s web’ as a continuation of Larsson’s Trilogy. I haven’t read this yet as I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s in my TBR pile so watch this space…