I've most finished the book. What I would call the climax has just begun. The subject matter of this book makes it a thriller, but it does not read quite like a thriller, more like a documentary. It has a subdued feeling. I'm not sure what to blame this on, the original author or the translation. Anyone think this is the best thing they've ever read? Some might consider the following a spoiler although I've kept it generalized enough, I don't believe it is: Plot summary: spoiler>>Political reporter is tried for libel and looses. While recovering from this event, he agrees to be hired by the former head of a large corporation to investigate the disappearance of his niece 40 years ago that has been unsolved despite a thorough investigation. Henrik Vanger seems to think someone in his family is responsible. I'll let you read it in the book, but for this elderly CEO, something happens annually on his birthday that makes him believe his niece was murdered and he is being taunted by whomever is responsible. The reporter ends up assisted by a young female investigator with a troubled past to figure out what happened.<<end spoiler. The original Swedish movie was released in 2009. Anyone seen it? Any good? IMBD Link. The English version of this movie is being made with a projected release date of Dec 2011, a long way off and will star Daniel Craig (James Bond) as the reporter and Rooney Mara as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (investigator).