I am smitten. Her name is Lisbeth Salander. She lives in Sweden. Her creator is the late Stieg Larsson.
She’s a young, anorexic brainiac who’s been victimized beyond imagination in the cruelest ways. She’s lonely and alone. But she’s tough, courageous, and takes the offensive against those who prey on others.
Yeah, my summer reading should be the usual public affairs stuff—you know, the books out by Newt Gingrich, Keith Olbermann, John C. Hagee or articles from Governing Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Drebes Report, Politico…..but it’s really hot and humid, and we all need an escape.
And Lisbeth’s adventures and cavorting provide the perfect getaway.
So, Lisbeth is an unlikely heroine – a blending of Nancy Drew, Jason Bourn, and Dr. Kay
Scarpetti. She is the star of three books by a first-time Swedish author, Stieg Larsson, who died in 2004 of a massive heart attack shortly after he finished writing the trilogy. The books are The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I devoured the first two. I have held off on the third because it is the final and I don’t want it to end.
The books have been a smashing success. The trilogy has sold more than 20 million copies in 41 countries (spring of 2010). Three Swedish movies have been made – the second just released this past week.
A word of caution, these books are not for those adverse to graphic violence.
So, I will soon begin the third and final book , The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, knowing I will have a couple of sleepless nights because I cannot put the book down. Though the trilogy will end, I expect Lisbeth will stay with me for a good, long while!