I decided to actually speak on the title.
Summary: The book is set in Sweden and is about Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist who co-owns a magazine that goes after corporations and operations with shady dealings. He is convicted of libel based on an article about industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström.
After the trial, in which he will son have to serve 90 days in gaol(or jail), he is offered a job by aging tycoon Henrik Vanger. Its to write a family chronicle but that's just the cover to his real request, to find out who killed his niece Harriet.
Harriet has been missing for about 40 years and the cops ran down every lead humanly possible.
Interconnecting into these stories is Lisbeth Salander. An antisocial young woman with a troubled past. In her twenties she becomes an asset to a security company as a PI with incredible, and questionable skill.
Eventually the two end up teaming up on the case.
Thoughts: I sort of wondered why Lisbeth didn't just get the case to track down Harriet because she did the thorough background check for Vanger before he was hired. but I guess Henrik sort of explains that away when he "first" meets Blomkvist.
The original title was Män som hatar kvinnor which translates to men Who Hate Women. I didn't know that when I first read the book but I that title is a bit more clear to the story. However I prefer the title the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Also, there are some fucked up Swedes.
Other than that, its a briskly paced book. Its over 600 pages and the fact i had no trouble reading it was surprising. Let alone the fact I actually enjoyed it. I mean, the main characters are mostly likable. Though a little annoying at times. Some of the Vanger family are trash.
It was entertaining to see Blomkvist retrace all the leads to find a new angle on the situation. But I enjoyed Lisbeth the most. She's definitely a tough woman and lacks empathy at times but its amazing to read what she's doing and what she's thinking.
Oh, and I never figure out what happens in mystery's.
Overall: I say its worth all the press and raves.