The story begins as journalist Mikael Blomkvist is convicted of libel and sentenced to jail. Still reeling from the unfortunate series of events, Blomkvist is contacted by the lawyer of a wealthy businessman, Henrik Vanger. Against his better judgment, Blomkvist agrees to leave Stockholm to spend a year writing the Vanger family history and investigating the disappearance of Henrik’s niece, Harriet, over forty years before. What begins as a seemingly fruitless task turns into an obsession. When Blomkvist brings in tough, tattooed Lisbeth Salander, the two reveal a dark side to the Vanger family from which they cannot turn away.
I bought this book in an airport, facing a long flight with nothing to read. I now see why it was a bestseller. The story is fast-paced and addictive, with a dark, violent side I was not expecting. The Vanger story was my favorite part; the corporate scandal was not nearly as intriguing. I am eager to read the next book in the series.