The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Series Book 1 by Stieg Larsson the first book in the Millennium series was published in 2005. The story opens with Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of the Swedish political magazine Millennium, losing a libel case involving allegations on the billionaire industrialist Hans Erik Wennerstrom.
He is sentenced to three months of prison and heavy fines. Shortly after this, he is invited to meet Henrick Vanger, the retired CEO of the Vanger Corporation. Vanger has done his background research on Blomkvist hiring the services of the genius computer hacker Lisbeth Salander who has a deeply troubled past.
Vanger promises Blomkvist to provide evidences against Wennerstorm and asks him to investigate and find out what happened to his grandniece Harriet. Vanger has been obsessed on her sudden disappearance and wants the mystery to be solved before his death. He also offers a sizeable sum to Blomkvist for solving the case. Reluctantly, Blomkvist accepts the offer.
He starts researching Vanger family’s background and family tree and begins his investigations. He hires the services of Lisbeth Salander for assisting him in the investigation. As they dig deeper into the past and the Vanger family, they discover many anomalies, corruption, and troubled family relations. They get trapped in the web of deceit and mysteries. The investigations of Blomkvist and Salander and how they encounter grave dangers and resolve them forms the remainder of the book.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Series Book 1 by Stieg Larsson received great critical acclaim. It debuted at number four on the New York Times Bestseller list and won many international literary awards. The author develops the characters and the plot with great details. The readers will be able to relate with the dark side of human nature depicted by the author.
The story moves forward at a fast pace and the readers will be engrossed till the climax. The different shades of Lisbeth Salander and her life is vividly captured by the author. The narrative provides for plenty of twists and turns which will catch the readers off-guard. Overall, it is a compact and well-written debut novel and should not be missed.