The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
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Looking for a good crime novel set in a foreign land? A thriller in which the worst criminal is difficult to identify? With a touch of dysfunctional family mixed in with a love story, fluctuating levels of morality, and a foreign legal system vulnerable to computer hacking?
Then jump into the world of Lisbeth Salander, the focal point of Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium Trilogy, set in modern-day Sweden. The author penned the titles in the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (released in May) before his death in 2004. The titles have been internationally successful with, of course, films eventually to be released in America.
Larsson, a Swedish journalist, allows Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative reporter, to guide the moral compass in the trilogy, suggesting an autobiographical element to fast-paced events in a series which must be read in order. Without giving away the plot or the unique characters, for they are what propel the story, the reads are not for the faint of heart.
Lisbeth has lived a sad, institutionalized life with unfortunate contacts with the Swedish child-care system. She is a brilliant, computer-savvy 20-year-old who bumps into a long string of mostly undesirable characters. Along the way she has learned to suspect people before she accepts them and slowly finds a few she can trust. Somehow she survives, but not without a few scars and a little flinching by this reader.
The exposé of society’s underbelly, the back rooms and bedrooms become part of Larsson’s scenes of crime. The author provides no safe ground for the reader in this intriguing but anxiety-filled, unfamiliar society. The Millennium Trilogy is a roller-coaster ride on which the reader definitely wants to continue. Enjoy the trip!