The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

November 26, 2010
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Looking for an exciting new book? Try out the Swedish series by Stieg Larsson, beginning with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This story set near Stockholm follows the lives of lovers Mikael Blom­kvist and Erika Berger, and an introverted yet intelligent Lisbeth Salander.

Working for Milton Securities, this young woman battles to take her life back from the misguided authorities that care for her. Since youth, she's been thrown from home to home, landing eventually at St. Stefan's, a hospital for the mentally ill. But what most don't know about Lisbeth is how genuinely amazing she is with technology. From in-depth analyses to money laundering systems, she could tell you exactly what you were doing at 4:34 p.m. two weeks ago. Yet, how exactly is she tied to Mikael?

This unlucky journalist, working for the acclaimed magazine Millennium, has been charged with slandering one of the greatest businessmen in history and is going to jail for it. With his career in ruins and his lover, Erika, engaged in Millennium's matters, Mikael certainly does not expect the sudden phone call from millionaire Henrik Vanger. Turns out he wants Mikael to figure out who killed Harriet Vanger, the heir to his successful group of companies.

Mikael tracks down Lisbeth, and both use cunning, force, and technology to help them find Harriet's murderer and keep themselves alive. Read this enthralling tale to find out how the plot coalesces into a substance of beauty. Be sure to read the rest of the series!

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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