The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson (Vintage Press, 2011, Kindle price $9.99 ) is not a new book. But since there is now a movie out—which is not a new movie, but a remake of a Swedish film of the same name—I thought it might be interesting to read the novel before seeing it.
Good book. If the movie is half as good, I have to see it!
Girl is reminiscent of Agatha Christie (actually, Agatha Christie on drugs) in one respect. It is a locked-room mystery. You know what that is if you have ever played the board game Clue. There are only so many people in the house who could have done it (my favorites was always Miss Scarlet!). In this case, it isn’t a room, but an island, the only bridge to which was closed due to an oil spill. The murder—and since the victim disappeared without a trace we must only infer that she was murdered—took place on the island, leaving only those who were trapped there as suspects.
The plot is intriguing, and brings together an investigative reporter with a damaged young woman who is somewhat of a genius at figuring things out (imagine Miss Marple with piercings, dressed all in black, and with a Dragon tattoo). Make no mistake. This is a very dark story. Be prepared. Lizbeth Salander is one of the most intriguing sleuths in literature to date. Agatha Christie wouldn’t know what to make of her.
So, if the book is any indication, I recommend seeing the movie. I hope to over the holiday.
Copyright Isaac Morris, December 25, 2011