The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

the_girl_with_the_dragon_tattoo.large_This book has one of my favorite heroines ever!  I loved Lisbeth Salander, as much as I loved this atmospheric Swedish mystery. It starts slow, but it’s worth the wait.  A powerful industrialist uses a scandal to coerce Journalist Mikael Blomkvist into helping find his missing niece.  Forty years ago, she disappeared from a family gathering.  Her body was never found.  Her uncle is convinced she’s dead, and the murderer a member of his family.  Mikael must search through years of evidence, finally seeking help from tattooed, ruthless computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth has few social skills as the result of an appalling childhood, and must endure an abusive court-appointed guardian.  Yet she manages to exact revenge for abused women everywhere!  Eventually, Lisbeth and Mikael link the niece’s disappearance to a series of grotesque murders as they unravel the family’s sordid history putting themselves in extreme danger along the way.

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