Books - Review

Showing all books by: Stieg Larsson

The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo
Blomkissed is an investigative journalist for a Swedish magazine who gets roped in to solving an ancient mysterious murder of a young woman from a wealthy and eccentric industrialist family. He seems to spend most of the book meeting members of this family, most of who have potential motives for nastiness. the rest of the book is taken up by young Salamander (the girl with the DT) who goes around exacting revenge on men she doesn't like. Eventually she and Blomfeld get together and solve the mystery...
Well this had a lot of hype. Everyone raved about it. I thought it was a bit dull, and the characters were either silly or just unrealistic. Published posthumously (he had a heart attack in 2005) and amazingly, Wikipedia says he was second best selling author of 2008! Read this in NZ March 2010, mostly during wedding preparations, which might explain lack of focus.
Score: 6
Published: 2008
Read: March 15th 2010

The Girl who Played with Fire
This time Bloomflower is investigating sex trafficking, and is slightly surprised when his old buddy Salamander is accused of killing his good friends who were preparing to publish a book on the subject, naming some high-profile users of under-age trafficked girls. So Salamander has to go into hiding (fortunately she is enormously wealthy thanks to her skills at computer hacking) but she pops up every now and then to inflict some damage (or death) on some nasty misogynist. Anyway, he works hard to clear her name, she works hard at misogynist-baiting and the Swedish police run around in circles lying to each other and being generally useless.
Better than the first one, although the characters remain a bit strange, the plot thickens nicely and it's fun watching Salamander think of new ways to inflict destruction on nasty people.
Score: 7
Published: 2009
Read: March 23rd 2010

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
Salamander is now in hospital, making a truly remarkable recovery from that bullet (just a small one) in her brain. Meanwhile the secret service try and kill her, but fortunately Blunderquest has managed to smuggle a Palm PDA in to her, and the friendly doctor continues to delay her discharge so that Blunderquest and his ace legal sister can put together a great court case...
Marginally better than the first two.
Score: 7
Published: 2009
Read: April 23rd 2010