Finally got around to reading this one. Still haven't seen the movie because I wanted the read the book first (usually a bad idea but oh well). A disenfranchised journalist, Blomkvist, has been hired by an eccentric wealthy patriarch, Vanger, to find out who killed his niece 40 years ago. Along the investigation, he hooks up with a gifted hacker, Salander, who helps him discover not only what happened to the niece but possibly reinstate his good name in journalism.
I really didn't have much of a clue what it was about except that there was a journalist and hacker working together and a traumatic rape scene. Going in, it wasn't much to work with so I didn't have a lot of expectations. What I got was so beyond anything I could have predicted. Gripping, intense, well-written. Some of the plot twists were pretty easy to see coming but otherwise, incredible. Didn't really like the ending although again, it wasn't hard to see coming. Hoping to see some of those pieces picked up in the second book.
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