Bookgasm’s Review of The Tattooed Girl

The Tattooed Girl is reviewed on the blog Bookgasm

Whether you’re praying for the confirmation of a fourth manuscript or just awaiting the David Fincher remake to hit cinema screens, DRAGON TATTOO fans can — and should — make do with THE TATTOOED GIRL: THE ENIGMA OF STIEG LARSSON AND THE SECRETS BEHIND THE MOST COMPELLING THRILLERS OF OUR TIME. How many novels — at least those not actually geared toward children — get their own nonfiction companion?

Edited by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer and John-Henri Holmberg, the unauthorized collection contains dozens of pieces by nearly as many contributors, each examining a different facet of the books, their impact or their author.

Unsurprisingly, many of the initial essays deal directly with the “girl” of Larsson’s trilogy herself — the one who played with fire, the one who kicked the hornet’s nest, the one and only lesbian punk hacker, Lisbeth Salander. A new feminist icon, she’s compared to everyone from Pippi Longstocking to Holden Caulfield.

Others focus on the books’ revisions, its stage and film adaptations, the rape scenes, the influence of Swedish culture, and other Nordic crime novelists. While certainly those who will get the most out of THE TATTOOED GIRL already will have digested the whole of the “Millennium” trilogy, even fans of the films who haven’t yet ventured into their print origins will be sucked into the considerable contents. —Rod Lott

Buy it at Amazon.

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