Author: Stieg Larsson
Publisher: Maclehose Press by Quercus (UK).
My rate: Three and a half stars.
I finally get my hand on this popular first installment of Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. At first I’m a bit skeptical; I grew up reading various detective series and for me the old school detective stories are much better than the recent ones. But this novel hook me right away the moment I was introduced to Lisbeth. She’s a very interesting and original character, unlike most of female main character in stories, she’s a flat chest child-like anti-hero who diagnosed as mentally unstable and needs guardian even though she’s an adult. Blomkvist on the other hand, doesn’t impress me that much. For me he’s just like any other main character in most stories: attractive, smart, morally just, and went against the powerful capitalist company.
The plot revolves around Blomkvist who, after beaten in court by the powerful capitalist company, hired by another rich capitalist, Henrik Vanger, as investigator to solve a 36 years old mystery. His job was to reveal the mystery behind Harriet Vanger, Henrik’s favorite nephew, disappearance and the dark secrets that hidden within the family. According to Henrik, one the members of Vanger family was involved in the incident. This mystery has became an obsession for Henrik and he wish to find out the truth before he died. Lisbeth on the other hand, is a personal investigator who was hired by Vanger to investigate Blomkvist earlier, until Blomkvist founds out about it and offers her to work with him in solving the mystery.
It’s necessary to mention that some of the crimes in book are gruesome, disgusting, and sick. For those who can’t stand the description of brutal crime, perhaps should stay away from it. But lots of other crime series also provide the similar gruesome killing/torture methods so actually it wasn’t new or surprising at all.