Summary: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The book begins with Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative reporter with Millennium, being found guilty of libel against a powerful business mogul named Hans-Erik Wennerstrom. He is determined to clear his name, and after receiving a call from Henrik Vanger’s lawyer, he learns of the disappearance of Vanger’s grand-niece, Harriet Vanger. Blomkvist takes a temporary absence leave from Millennium and consents to Henrik Vanger’s business proposition and accepts the job. Blomkvist would investigate Harriet’s mystery disappearing and in return would get a handsome monetary compensation, in addition to proof of Wennerstrom’s crookedness (Larsson and Reg 14). While Blomkvist gets involved with the Vanger family, Lisbeth Salander is introduced. She is a twenty four year old girl with a dragon tattoo and a photographic memory. Her troublesome childhood and her refusal to collaborate with mental health workers contributed to her being declared mentally incompetent and placed under a state-appointed lawyer’s guardianship (Larsson and Reg 45). Her stable life is threatened when her guardian, Palmgren, suffers a stroke, and she is left in the hands of Nils Bjurman, who rapes her. She regains control of her finances and her life after videotaping one of the ordeals and blackmailing Bjurman with it. Salander is exceedingly intelligent and works as an investigative researcher. Blomkvist, through his dexterous wiles, earns Salander’s trust, and they commence an investigation that uncovers a dark Vanger family history that ultimately endangers their lives. Salander and Blomkvist grow their trust in each other and develop a romantic relationship. While working together, they discover and connect the death of Gottfried, Harriet’s deceased father, to Martin Vanger, his son. They also discover that Harriet was not murdered but fled to escape Martin who violently raped her just like her father. They...