Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a journalist. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Expo from 1999, and had previously worked at a major news agency for many years. He was one of the world’s leading experts on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist and nazi organizations, and he was often consulted on that account. He was just as ready to give a lecture in a secondary school as at Scotland Yard.
The “Millennium” series is a surprisingly confident debut in the thriller genre. The action in the books takes place in 2003 and later, mainly in Stockholm but in other parts of Sweden and in other countries. Stieg Larsson’s primary strength was his unaffected style, free of clichés. He wrote effectively, his tone spot-on and professional.
In addition, he exhibited a great knowledge of the field he wrote about which gives credibility to his stories. He had a fantastic ability to keep many complicated plots going at the same time. And he didn’t leave any part of the mystery unsolved.