Rush Limbaugh talk about these books. I didn't think much of it at the time ... he piqued my interest, but at the time, I was just starting to get into Patrick O'Brian.
So when I saw that Daniel Craig was starring in the English re-make of the movie, I decided I needed to read the books (I like the James Bond movie and I think Craig is the best Bond ever).
It started out really interesting. In between sections and chapters were little stats about abuse of women in Sweden. I began to realize the author was going to make a point. Now - I dove into this book cold-turkey. I didn't really do any research on it before I began reading ... I just picked it up. So I wasn't really prepared when a few parts got quite graphic.
After I finished the book, I read on wikipedia that Larsson wrote these books because he felt bad for not stopping a rape of a girl when he could have.
Other than the graphic parts, the book was quite good and entertaining. Larsson does a good job painting a picture of the story. However, the one thing I was somewhat expecting, was a complex plot-line with lots of twists and turns. This didn't meet that expectation. In fact, one of the first thoughts that popped into my mind was that Harriet was still alive and was, indeed, the person sending the flowers. The details of how that story fits, of course, meandered and was the "meat" of the story, but I was somewhat expecting something different - more complex.
Anyway - overall, it was a good book. Mentally, I file this book in the same folder as Dan Brown's books. I plan to finish the trilogy ... I'm reading Played with Fire now.