The authorStieg Larsson (born August 15, 1954 in Skelleftehamn, Sweden as Karl Stig-Erland Larsson) was a Swedish journalist and writer who passed away in 2004. As a journalist and editor of the magazine Expo, Larsson was active in documenting and exposing Swedish extreme right and racist organizations. When he died at the age of 50, Larsson left three unpublished thrillers and unfinished manuscripts for more. The first three books (Män som hatar kvinnor/The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Flickan Som Lekte Med Elden/The Girl Who Played With Fire, and Luftslottet som sprängdes/The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest) have since been printed as the Millenium series. These books are all bestsellers in Sweden and in several other countries, including the United States. The synopsisMikael 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. The reviewI ignored these books for a long time. I was not really sure what to think of them and the synopsis never really attracted me. This year I was challenged to read series I have never read before. A lot of people gave these books very good reviews and high ratings. I felt I had no excuse to push them further away and I am glad. This book reads like a game of Cluedo. I love to keep up with clues as the story unfolds. That aspect also made that I could not really put the book aside and kept me awake way past my bed time (1 star taken because of that)The two main characters are very different and therefore making an interesting combination. You must have a bit of a strong stomach though cause some of the story lines and mysteries the book unravels are harsh, specially on woman.