There's been a lot of hype about the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo now that it will be made into a Hollywood movie so when I was trapped at the airport with no reading materials, I did not hesitate to snap up my own copy. I had no idea what the book was about apart from the fact that it's a thriller and a huge bestseller along with the other two books in Stieg Larsson's trilogy.
Without giving too much away, the book's main character is a disgraced journalist, Michael Blomkvist, who has been hired by a wealthy family to solve a murder/disappearance which occurred 40 years prior. Somewhere along the way, Blomkvist enlists the help of a genius but troubled hacker investigator who can dig up dirt on just about anyone. The opening was a bit slow, but the pace picks up after a few chapters. I finished most of the book on my flights from San Francisco to Tampa, so it's a quick read, but it is graphic and sad. The main theme of that permeates the book deals with sadism and violence against women. It's not for everyone...and for that reason, I think I will have to skip the movie.