The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson takes its time to get moving, but once the two main characters of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander meet, the narrative really zips along. There is an intriguing mystery at the core of the plot involving the disappearance of a young woman several decades before, and as the story unravels, so do the lies and secrets of the wealthy family who hired Blomkvist and Salander. Much fuss has been made about Lisbeth Salander, and she certainly is a unique character, but Larsson leaves her mostly an intriguing enigma. There is enough suspense, action, thrilling twists, and bits of violence to keep the reader fully engaged through the bulk of the book before it slows and drags a bit as it pulls together the loose threads. A strong start for the trilogy.