The Fourth Tuesday Book Club
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
This is one of the most highly acclaimed and widely read mysteries in recent times. It is the first in a trilogy of novels and soon to be a Hollywood movie. The story continues through each of the three books to complete a picture of the girl with the dragon tattoo.
Larsson, who died before his books were published, would actually have disliked the title that was given to this novel. He entitled his first book “The Man Who Killed Women,” which is more descriptive of the crimes described in this mystery (and generally disliked by our club). The author delves into multiple areas, which held an interest for him as a journalist– women’s rights, the fascist movements in Europe, and international finance. The story is actually a mixture of a murder mystery, a mysterious family’s history, a love story and a financial thriller.
Larsson introduces his two main characters in this book. The first is Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist who fights injustice but then finds himself in court charged with libel and facing prison. Mikael is then encouraged to investigate a missing person who was assumed to have been murdered twelve years before. He uncovers the hidden secrets of a unique and strange family. The unlikely heroine is Lisbeth Salander, a 24 year old pierced and tattooed woman who lives an unusual lifestyle, with the unique ability to use computers and hack the Internet among her many weapons. It is a sometimes violent but always a riveting tale that will keep you enthralled. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a great read and thankfully there are two more books in the trilogy that we can enjoy.
Key Ideas from different club members:
Impelling; Very intriguing; Suspenseful; well written with strong story line; I liked the characters; I want to read the other books in the series; Violent in spots.
(Linda Bowman, Pat Gombita, Pat Kuna, Sharon Shaffer, Bill Simmons, Lynn Simmons, Helen Skalski, and Linda Troll)
The Club Members rating of this book: 4.4 of 5
Rating Range: 2 to 5