The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Thriller, murder mystery, (sort of) love story . . . this most definitely isn't the type of book I ever would have chosen on my own. In fact, I've seen it on the Bestsellers bookshelves at Barnes & Noble for months and never had any desire to buy it. Then it was chosen as this month's book for my book club so I decided to give it a try.
Set in Sweden, our hero is financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently convicted of libel and as a result, with a career and reputation in the toilet. He is hired by Henrik Vanger, elderly patriarch of the elite Vanger family, an industrialist dynasty, to investigate the disappearance of his favorite niece almost forty years ago. Along the way, Mikael is aided by an unlikely heroine, Lisbeth Salander, brilliant hacker with a mysterious past and lots of secrets of her own. What they uncover is out of the realm of anything old Henrik Vanger could have imagined.
I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story, just because the first hundred pages or so covers a lot of financial mishmash, but once I got into the meat of the story, I was on the edge of my seat and had a hard time putting the book down. I loved it and highly recommend it - I am looking forward to delving into the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire.
I already gave my copy away, but go buy your own! Or check it out from the library! It's that good.