Magazine November 1, 2010, Issue

Young Lisbeth

The Millennium trilogy (Amazon)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Vintage, 590 pp., $14.95), The Girl Who Played with Fire (Vintage, 630 pp., $15.95), and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Knopf, 576 pp., $27.95), by Stieg Larsson

I  got Dan Brown, I really did. The history was bunk, the prose was Lego, and yet there was something there — that maddening, tantalizing what’s-going-to-happen-next — that kept me turning, turning, turning the pages deep into the night. By contrast, the success of Stieg Larsson, the Swedish thriller writer, who would — had he not died tragically young (only 50) in 2004, leaving just three (completed) novels behind — now be seen as a challenger to the impious Mr. Brown, leaves me more than a little amazed.

Collectively known as the Millennium trilogy, those three books have together sold over

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