I finally gave in and read this book after resisting for quite a while. It seemed everybody I spoke to had recommended it and I kind of backed away, thinking after all that hype I’d only be disappointed. I’m happy to say I wasn’t. I was hooked straight away.
The basic storyline is this: an old man (Henrik Vanger) has been receiving strange birthday cards from his grand-niece who has been missing, presumed dead for 40 odd years. Before he dies he wants to know what happened to her and so he hires Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative magazine publisher to investigate the case. After a while, Blomkvist realises he needs an assistant and so hires Lisbeth Salander – an expert computer hacker. Ok, so the basic premise is a bit of a whodunit – a classic investigation story into a shadowy family history. I’VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT THIS SALANDER, WHAT’S SHE LIKE?