I've not read the book just yet - I'm behind which means that I am still ahead but can't really push any later books forward just yet, so I've got links here to other reviews you can check out. Anyway, Material Witness is giving away an advanced copy and I thought I should post a link for anyone who is interested. Visit The Rap Sheet for details - they'll direct you to the appropriate site, deadline is Friday.
And onto the book: Larsson, hails from Sweden, a country that has been busting a plethora of mystery and crime authors for years now (see my past blog on Kirsten Ekman). His Millenium series, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Girl who Played with Fire, and Castles in the Sky, is already a bestselling series in his native country. Dragon Tattoo was released in January in the UK and hits US shelves in September. The following titles will hit shelves in the UK in 2009 and 2010 - hopefully the same here in the US.
Here's a little blurb on Dragon Tattoo from Larsson's site just to whet your whistle (you can find more following the links below:
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional Vanger clan. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired to investigate.
Larsson passed away in 2004 after completing only this series. Late last year, The Rap Sheet posted this blog about Larsson, his novel, and his work with Expo a magazine he helped found to expose the actions of right-wing extremist groups in Sweden.
My favorite UK review site, Eurocrime, also has a review of the book up here.
So, since it seems that the book does live up to expectations, I'll be bumping mine up asap and will keep you posted. For now, add it to your 'To Buy" or "Wish" or whatever you use when you come across a book that sounds interesting. Whatever you do, don't forget The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hits shelves stateside on September 16.