A middle-aged financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist has been sentenced to jail for slander. He is hired by Henrik Vanger, the retired CEO of a large family-owned conglomerate, to solve the mystery of his disappeared niece 40 years ago. She disappeared from the family island and now Vanger wants Blomkvist to investigate family and find out who is responsible for her death.
The girl with the dragon tattoo is Lisbeth Salander, an investigator for Dragon Armansky. She is incredibly details oriented and very very good with computers. But she is asocial and a ward of the state even though grown and her finances are controlled by a trustee.
Larsson has developed a story with a large number of characters, each with their own story. The Vanger family is immense and each had a motive to be involved in the mystery. Blomkvist is dogged in his following of a tidbit of a trail. He ends up hooking up with Salander who originally investigated him for Vanger. Blomkvist the humanist and Salnder the anti-social make a formible duo.
Larsson has written a brilliant story about women as victims and their rise above it. I will be looking for the next book in the series.
First Line: "It happened every year,was almost a ritual."