Sunday, July 11, 2010

A new program and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The library is starting a new night book club called Books Unbound which will be meeting at different bars and restaurants around town. We want to reach residents who don't come in the library by bringing a program to them. Since our potential members aren't coming to us, we wanted to pick a book available in paperback. We also wanted to pick a best seller, something that would be super easy to get from your local bookstore. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo fit the requirements perfectly. Found guilty of libel, economic journalist Mikael Blomkvist temporarily steps down from his position at a Swedish magazine. A retired businessman Henrik Vanger hires Mikael to sift through evidence in the forty odd year old investigation into the disappearance of his niece Harriet. The large Vanger family has plenty much of dirt for Mikael to sift through. He finds help from security specialist Lisbeth Salander, a young woman who has recently had trauma of her own.
I do not typically read crime novels. There are some absolute brutal scenes that had my stomach in knots. The novel moves at a swift pace and I'm glad we chose this for book club because I'm not sure I would have read it otherwise. I look forward to reading the Larsson's other two novels.

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