Helene, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Helene)
Larsson does a fabulous job of developing characters we can care about...in situations that could all too easily take place in the 21st century. Technology, women's rights, family and relationships are all inter-woven on a framework of intelligence and intrigue. This is the first of a trilogy completed by Stieg Larsson only weeks before his untimely death ... a brilliant voice silenced.
christopher.horne, February 24, 2009 (view all comments by christopher.horne)
This is my first Larsson mystery and not my last. He's as sociologically interesting as Mankell and Indridasen, far more byzantine but less dark. I thought I knew the killer and where the body went half way through but was only close, as in horseshoes. Also, the hero is (compared with Kurt Wallander) in good shape athletically and is not deprived of appropriate sexual company. The weakness of the story is that the too-perfect feats of the anorexic, sociopathic super-woman are too often not at all believable, but this doesn't kill the effect, the book is a very good mystery. The ending has similarities with a modern Swedish fairy tale, 'När Maanen gick förbi' by Alfredson and Aahlin. Unfortunately, we cannot ask the author if he read that tale, he died young of a massive heart attack in 2004 after a life of work as an anti-racism, anti-fascism expert. the latter topic appears in this mystery.
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