Mikael Blomkvist, a renowned investigative reporter, is found guilty of publishing false allegation about billionaire industrialist Wennerström in Millenium, the political magazine he has co-founded, losing the credibility and reputation he had built as a truth-seeking journalist. Shortly thereafter Henrik Vanger, an old Swedish billionaire, offers him a a strange freelance assignment.
His mission: Blomkvist is to attempt to find out about the fate of Vanger’s niece Harriet who has been missing for forty years, a mystery which has remained unsolved despite all the money and effort Vanger has thrown into the initial police investigation.
The reward: Vanger is in possession of information on Wennerström’s dealings which would clear Blomkvist’s name and allow him to appeal the court ruling.
Along with Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker/private investigator with a past filled with violence and sexual abuse, Mikael Blomkvist finds out that solving the forty year old mystery of Harriet’s disappearance will take him much farther back in time, and straight into harm’s way.
This, is the basic premise of the story. The book however, is much more than the story. Written by Stieg Larsson, himself an investigative journalist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo goes about exploring the ghosts and skeletons of Swedish history, delves into the dirty dealings of international financial corporations, and deals with political and social issues while maintaining a highly complex yet solid story line.
A very highly recommended read.
Things you should know:
- The original Swedish title of this book is “Män som hatar kvinnor”, which literally translates to “Men who hate Women”.
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first book in the Millenium trilogy, followed by “The Girl who Played with Fire” and “The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”
- The Millennium trilogy has already been made into three Swedish movies, and is going to be remade as a Hollywood production starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in the roles of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. The movie remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is scheduled for release in December of this year.