I think it is much colder this afternoon than it was in 2009 when I first wrote about Stieg Larsson and his trilogy of dark mysteries. So bear with me as I mine from the past, while touting the book I am reading today.
Back then it was cool evenings, mild days and falling leaves. Greenville was quietly moving into winter. Now, with the solstice behind us, our days are becoming just a tad longer, but still, darkened evenings beg for a good mystery. Recently, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” the first book of Larsson’s trilogy, has been made into a feature movie starring Daniel Craig as Bloomkvist and Rooney Mara playing the part of Salander.
In “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Larsson wove an intellectual tale of intrigue featuring a host of memorable characters. Mikael Blomkvist is a disgraced financial journalist facing jail time after a conviction for libel. Lisbeth Salander is a tattooed and multi-pierced young woman who is afflicted with Asberger’s Syndrome. Industrialist Henrik Vanger is an octogenarian obsessed with uncovering the central mystery of our story, the disappearance of his niece Harriet some 40 years ago. And then there is Harriet herself, a teenager who vanished into the blue of a cold Swedish sky.
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