Swedish writer Stieg Larsson’s mystery series is
Harry Potter for adults—required reading as zeitgeist trend. With more than 40 million books worldwide, Larsson has out-Pottered Potter as the top seller in many countries. This summer’s
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, third in the trilogy, has the same measured pace, political activism, and extraordinary heroine Lisbeth—a damaged, anti-social computer hacker—as the previous two. She connects with Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist who shares her disdain for government manipulation and violence against women. The books pull you into their very real world. As with the boy wizard stories, these should be read in order. The first,
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has become a
dark Swedish movie (with subtitles) and probably remains the best novel of the three.