Posted by: forgingahead | October 25, 2009

Must Read Author: Stieg Larsson

This man is brilliant.

stieg larsson

He’s also no longer with us.

His story reads like one of his books:

Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on antidemocratic right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

Stieg wrote these books in his spare time for fun.

Bert got this one out of of the library for us in 2008:

dragon tattoo

I was hooked from the first page. Wonderfully drawn characters full of life and flaws. A fast paced and complex mystery. Not for the feint of heart but I also didn’t consider any of the violence gratuitous.

Here’s the writeup from Amazon:

Mikael 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. –Dave Callanan

The moment I finished the book I looked around for more work by my new favorite author. And that’s when I discovered the sad truth.

Stieg wrote three manuscripts – took them to a publisher – and then died of a massive heart attack months later at the age of 50. Not fair.

When the second installment of the story of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist hit the shelves I was thrilled!

played with fire

It did not disappoint.

The third book was just released in the UK on October 3, 2009. It’s not slated to ship in the U.S. until next May. I just might be placing an order on Amazon UK!

hornets nest


  1. That’s crazy that he wrote 3, took them to deliver, and then died! How tragic! I’ll have to check them out.

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