This is not just Chick Lit!
Since we are a bookshop staffed mostly by women, we always enjoy getting a male perspective on books. Elizabeth’s husband Gilbert is one of our official male reviewers. He has been captivated by the Stieg Larsson mysteries and sent us this review. (Now I have ANOTHER book on my “got to read list”!)
I became interested in the Larsson novels when I noticed them at #1 and #2 on the top of the New York Times best selling paperback list. I’d seen “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” but assumed it was Chick Lit. WRONG!
Stieg Larsson’s best selling “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is an engrossing story involving a very dissimilar pair of researchers who are hired to solve a 40 year old murder. In the process, Lisbeth, a twenty something punk computer savant, and Mikael, a forty-ish bachelor discredited financial reporter, find themselves personally in danger as they unravel the history of a most dysfunctional family. The family members have included Nazi organizers, successful business moguls, sexual sadists, murderers and numerous alcoholics and social misfits.
Larsson is a skilled story teller and once you get hooked it’s hard to put the book down. Don’t finish Dragon Tattoo without having his “The Girl Who Played with Fire” on hand or you have Lisbeth/Mikael withdrawal.