Author: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (translator)
Type: Fiction, novel
Part of series: Millennium (#1)
I read it: September 2009
It’s not often I get to (or rather, allow myself to) read a paperback murder mystery, so it’s a little tricky for me to put this one into context. Suffice it to say it’s a lot more than what I think a mass-market mystery novel to be. The characters are quality even though the writing seems superficially sparse, which is a credit to both the author and the translation. The mystery is deep and layered, and although there is a lot of dialogue to wade through—especially in the first half of the story—the payoff is satisfying and the action sharp and memorable.
The only confusion comes with the title of the book, as Lisbeth Salander is neither the primary protagonist nor the murder victim. But apparently her story is continued in the two sequels, so it makes sense as a whole I suppose. Read it if you want something to suck you in, or if you want to tell people you read a 500+ page book that doesn’t feel like one.