The girl who played with fire by Stieg Larsson

Book two out of three in this series. Incredibly readable, one of those books that is hard to put down, so it seems to just read itself. A slightly different beast from the first book, the story develops itself while remaining true to the earlier one.

I would not defend this is the greatest book ever written, it is shallow and at times incredibly smug, the lead characters never seem to doubt themselves or let anyone down. For me the end dragged a bit, oddly I was most gripped when the least seemed to be happening. Also you really do need to read these books in sequence.

Highly recommended despite all these caveats, though judging by the bookshops and all the people with copies, there cannot be many folk left who have not read it. Also by far the best cover of the series!