The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
This debut novel in the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy is more of a thriller than a mystery, and – while definitely decent – doesn’t live up to all the hype surrounding it. The girl is Lisbeth Salander, but the story isn’t really about her or her tattoo. Instead, the story is about Mikael Blomkvist and his investigation of a decades-old missing persons case. Salander is the most intriguing aspect of the book, but she is unfortunately used as a deux ex machina (and indeed she is machine-like) to conveniently wrap up plot problems and take part in some of the totally random sexual episodes that just spring up throughout the novel.
Harriet Vanger, scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.