Book 1: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
Book 2: The Girl Who Played With Fire
Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazineMillennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government.
But he has no idea just how explosive the story will be until, on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander—the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and who now becomes the focus and fierce heart of The Girl Who Played with Fire.
As Blomkvist, alone in his belief in Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation of the slayings, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all
Book 3: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.
Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.
Why I Read These Books: These books came highly recommended by a number of people I work with, so much so that for our office secret Santa I was given the first in the trilogy as my gift. When I was about half way through it, I ordered the next two online.
Reviews: If you have read these books, you know it takes about 100 pages of book one to really get into them. I'm going to try and do this without spoilers, so this will be a pretty short review (but mine always kind of are, I don't want to ruin anything!). First off, Larsson is a very detailed writer, so much so that he kind of over explains some things. For example, in book one, you are bombarded with the Vanger family. There are so many of them, that I was thinking "OMG, I will never remember all these people". You only really need to know few, but you get tons of details on ALL of them. Other than the books being a little dry because of this reason, they were fantastic. I loved Lisbeth as a heroine in this story, and I was so into this series. I'm not normally one to pick up a political mystery but maybe I should be, because these books were fabulous. I can definitely say they were totally worth the hype. My favorite was the second one, as it had the fewest dry parts. The boring bits were the only reason all three weren't 5 star reads!