Review of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson

This was an above average mystery.  It has some nice throwbacks to the classics of the genre and some interesting new twists.  I enjoyed the setting.

Many of the reviews (and Wikipedia) note the author's consistent comments on violence against women, shoddy journalism, immoral corporations and lingering Nazism.  Most of these themes would have turned me off – as if modern, popular literature isn't full enough of these cliche ideas.  What mainstream author doesn't feel comfortable standing up to Nazism and violence against women (way to take a stand!).

These themes were undoubtedly present, but they didn't get in the way of a good story and an interesting character (the girl).  I found her character fascinating.  I should also note that her worldview is highly conservative – bracingly so at times.  I'll grant that she is portrayed as odd but at times it feels like the author is suggesting that everyone should view things her way, instead of the other way around.

The story ends anti-climatically – the last few characters on the corporate scandal were a waste.  But I can forgive that for the rest of the book.

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