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Monday, May 24, 2010

Larsson's Trilogy Leaves A Mark

The film The Girl With the Dragon Tatttoo, based on Stieg Larsson’s book, should receive an Oscar nod this year for best foreign film. If you have not seen this film yet, go now. If you’re interested in reading about what happened to the film’s two leads, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, then The Girl Who Played with Fire should be the next book you read. It picks up a few months after Tattoo ended and is an irresistible page-turner that you won’t be able to put down.

Salander, a young tattooed computer hacker, becomes intrigued by a sex-trade story that her old friend Blomkvist is researching. Although she has no interest in seeing him again, she becomes the key suspect in a murder case involving two of his coworkers and friends.

Suddenly, the solitary genius has her passport photo on every newspaper in Sweden and her anonymity exposed … as well as many details from her troubled past. As Blomkvist and a group of her friends try to clear her name, Salander looks for the mysterious “Zala.” The race is on and absolutely no one is safe.

Larsson weaves a fantastic story with enough twists and turns to keep the reader engrossed from page one to the cliffhanger ending. Salander’s character knows right from wrong, but has no qualms making criminals pay. She has turned from victim to avenger and will stop at nothing to find vigilante justice. The combination of character development and gritty suspense, have ensured that this trilogy will remain on the best-seller list for a long time.