13—The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

This book is all the rage. Three or four people have recommended this title. And I'm recommending it to you.

Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative financial journalist has just been convicted of libel. Because he would not reveal his source for a story he wrote about a less than ethical, if not criminal financier, he will have to serve three months in prison sometime in the near future.

Shortly after the trial he is approached by a wealthy scion of a manufacturing family, Henrik Vanger. Vanger wants him to investigate the disappearance of his niece, Harriet, 30 years ago. Vanger believes Harriet is still living even though no one else in his family shares his belief.

Vanger's family is an odd lot of eccentric nazis, misanthropes, ne'er-do-wells, and generally not nice people.

Blomkvist is assisted in his search for Harriet Vanger by one Lisbeth Salander, a young, extremely anti-social woman, who is one hell of an investigator (the girl of the title). 

There is enough intrigue, danger, sex, camraderie, and mystery, to satisfy even the most ardent whodunit fan!

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