Political activist, crusading journalist and best-selling author... dead before his time. And that's just the author
. Everything about this series hooks you in.
The first novel - 'Men who hate women' in its original Swedish - starts strong but then explodes half-way through. I couldn't put it down and went straight on to the second book that was just as gripping.
The final novel in the trilogy - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
- will be published in September 2009.
The setting is contemporary Sweden, with a memorable cast of characters. Lisbeth Salander is a classic hero - complex, moral, tragic - and a strong female figure. I'd like to know what women think of her. Peter Corris thinks she's a "complete male fantasy"!
The English cover and the title as translated don't do justice to Salander or what's within - too anodyne... obviously a marketing decision.
But the story doesn't need any assistance. A real thriller from Scandinavia.