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.
I kept hearing about this book so I decided to read it despite this not being my favorite genre. I am glad I did because it was intriguing and interesting throughout. There were a few minor road bumps -- obviously the sex crimes play heavily into the story and can be very disturbing to read. Also, I found it odd when the author wrote extensive technical details about the computer that Salander purchased. But this didn't detract heavily from the overall book and I will read the follow-up novel.