The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a fast-paced, action packed, political, Swedish novel that's recently (2008) been translated into English. It has become a New York Times Bestseller and movie (multiple movies actually) within a matter of years.
Mikael Blomkvist has just been involved in a high security political scandal that may in fact ruin his career and life. Being the co-founder of the magazine Millennium, the last thing he expects is to be approached to investigate a missing girl case. Mikael seeks help from computer hacking genius and mastermind, Lisbeth Salander to help him with the case of the missing Harriet Vanger.
Shortly after Stieg Larsson released the Millennium Trilogy, he died of a heart attack. Not everything has been answered about his death and those close to him suspect foul play.
I cannot even begin to tell you how tragic it is that this brilliant mind is not on our planet anymore. The Millennium Trilogy is by far one of the best trilogies I've ever read.
It's so full of depth and emotion, there's no light and fluffy substance to it whatsoever. It has funny scenes and situations, but this is not a book/series to take lightly. Stieg wrote this series as a political statement against the way things were being run in Sweden, and (related and unrelated at the same time) abuse and violence against women.
Political background and underlying message aside, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an incredible and moving book, that does have its dry points at times, but you have to remember, English was not its first language. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is not for the faint of heart. There are scenes that will absolutely, without a doubt make you flinch and cringe. It is highly disturbing at points. (There is no "but"...that's it.)
If you'd like, definitely give it a try! If you don't care for it, I don't blame you. But if you love it, I totally get it!