Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of that publication, the author and his girlfriend are found murdered.
LIsbeth Salander has been traveling the globe spending some of the money she stole in the last of this series. She just recently returned to Stockholm and brought an apartment and car under an assumed name.
The police start investigating the murder and find the weapon with Salander's prints on it. The weapon had belonged to Nils Bjurnman, her guardian who was also discovered murdered. The only connection seems to be Salander and the police start to actively search for her.
Blomkvist refuses to believe Salander would be the murderer and sets out to do his own investigation.
This is a thriller which definitely involves the reader right up until the end and further sells the next book because of a cliffhanger. I have always wondered why Salander was so close-mouthed and private. These questions are answered and the answers provide the twists and turns of a great mystery.
First Line: "She lay on her back fastened by leather straps to a narrow bed with a steel frame."