The first of Stieg Larsson’s crime novels, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is simply compelling. Although the protagonist suffers multiple injustices at the hands of powerful people, she survives and thrives, not withering like a wallflower. Described as having a peitite frame, Lisbeth Salander is the physical antithesis of strength, yet she masterfully fights back against her enemies by using her wits. Salander is the jewel in this book and the series, with a great supporting cast of characters. Everyone is carefully plotting to protect their own interests. This review is brief because not much else can be divulged without giving away major plot points. This book and series is unlike any other you will ever read. Filled with twists and turns, this trilogy is deeply rewarding, somewhat disturbing, but never boring.