Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Serial killers, rapist, hackers, mafia, Swiss bank accounts, oh my. What doesn't Stieg Larsson include in his novel The Girl With the Dragoon Tattoo? Larsson tells a number of timeless tales in this book. We've all heard the story of a serial rapist who connects his rapes by Bible verses and we've all heard the story of the serial killer who passes his 'gift' down to his son. But Larsson uses his real life experiences to tell a unique story unprecedented: one of blatant financial mafiaism. In the novel, you watch an ordinary journalist solve a 40-year-old crime while also avenging his own libel setup with Hans Wennestrom, a financial mafia kingpin.

But now we'll also throw in a peculiar girl, growing up in institutions and declared mentally incompetent and partially insane by her country. In actuality, Lisbeth Salander is anything but crazy. She's insanely intelligent and equipped with hacking abilities and a photographic memory. She's a girl who turns only to herself for the protection she requires from everyone and everything. She is "the girl with the dragon tattoo." Paired with the journalist through a security company she works for, they discover the serial kidnapper/rapist/murderer(s) and then take Wennestrom down for good. The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second book in the Millenium Series, is sure to be a tantalizing read.

Any and every journalist must be standing in line to to be assigned the biography of Stieg Larsson.

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