Don't miss this one!
A great story, the second in the Millennium trilogy. I found the translation from the original Swedish brilliantly combining pace with detail. As this is the first of the three books read I am not able to say whether reading the books in order makes a significant difference.
Such is the attention to detail that it contains a shopping list from IKEA used by the complex, flawed yet morally sound main character, Lisbeth Salander, as she furnishes her new apartment. Such as several 'Lack' occasional tables, two small 'Malm' bureaus and a 'Hemnes' bed frame with mattress. I wonder how many budding authors are paying more attention to their purchases in order to add depth to their writing.
All the time the failings of the Swedish Social Services adds credibility to the story. Perhaps the book will be seen as a critique of Swedish society as the writings of Dickens were in the 19th Century.
The story follows, in turns, Salander, the publisher Blomkwist and the detective Bublankski . Each turn making contributions to both the action and filling in the gaps of Salander's traumatic background.
It would be unfair to go into any further detail, but this really is a book that is hard to put down. A great author who regretably is no longer with us. A look at his website is worth the visit as his own values creep into the storyline.