About a year ago a friend of mine gave me the book, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The cover was a startlingly bright yellow with a green and orange dragon underneath the type. I read the jacket cover and put the book aside. It seemed interesting, but there were other books she had given me that were much more immediately intriguing. One day, looking for a new book to delve into, I found myself revisiting The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
The story, which takes place in Sweden, was at first difficult for me to follow. Was Blomkvist the criminal or was it Svemsbvist? Eventually, my vocabulary became accustomed to the unfamiliar names and places and the book began to read like butter. I sat on the sofa and the read the whole thing in one night. Page after page, I sat there as Sam shook his head at me and reminded me to eat something.
The author, Stieg Larsson, wrote two other books immediately following The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The second is called The Girl Who Played With Fire, I’m reading it right now thanks to that same friend. And the third, which comes out in May, is called The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest. The series is known as the Millennium Series and is all the more powerful because A) the books are amazing crime stories and B) Stieg Larsson died of a heart attack soon after handing over the three manuscripts.
Before becoming a writer, Larsson was a force in the fight against racism and right-wing extremism. He gave seminars to Scotland Yard and was the editor in chief of Expo magazine. The most surprising (and encouraging) thing however, is that upon finishing two of the books and with the third underway, Larsson began looking for a publisher…and was rejected. Better yet, his long-time girlfriend has said that Larsson initially wrote the books for his own pleasure. And here I thought I was the only one.
Despite numerous death threats from Nazi-extremists, those close to Larsson deny that his death was connected. I on the other hand, always smell fire. As does Lisbeth Salander, the main character, which might be yet another reason why I enjoy these books so much…well me, and 80 million other people.