||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Other Books Read By This Author (2)
- The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
- The Girl who Played with Fire
|06.22.11|| This was a really weird book. For being so internationally popular, it's strange to spend the first 350 pages slogging through uninteresting stuff, and not in a Pelecanos character-building atmospheric way but like an OCD no-detail-omitted transcript of people doing uninteresting things. I guess I blame some of this on the translation but mostly it's just the book itself.
Then to further enstrange things, there's like 200 pages where it's its own little mystery book with dramatic reveal and near-death experience and a car chase and climax/resolution right in the middle of the book. I read all this stuff and noticed that I still had 200 pages left in the book; what could they possibly be about?
It's really the last 200 pages that turned me around on this book. It insists so persistently in telling you that the crux of the book is NOT the sordid details or crazed serial killer that most mystery novels are about but really it's the boring corporate revenge of this magazine and Blomqvist's reputation that's important. The REAL climax of this book is a guy writing another book. How strange!
Really really strange book. I ended up liking and respecting it more because it was so steadfastedly resolved to finish this dry financial story despite a much more conventionally interesting murder mystery popping up in the middle. For the entire first half of the book I was convinced this would be the only one i would read, but now I'm on to the second book.|