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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson An over-arching rich structure to this novel that challenges and ultimately satisfies. The Swedish references had me off balance at first, and some of the naming and labeling was a little distracting. However, the cinematic quality I perceived from the device of coming into the story from a very wide-angle and then narrowing the plot down to it's essential element was very effective. It requires patience of the reader, but the reward is a multi-layered fulfillment of a well drawn story. The underlayment of exposing the violent treatment of women in Sweden (or anywhere for that matter), in it's various forms is a provocative theme. Not original for a murder mystery, but potent nonetheless. Very visceral scenes of terror, and intelligent business drama, make for a read well worth the time and money spent.