The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson is the first of three books. Although they share characters, each book stands alone in regards to the plot. Due in part to the projected American film version of the first book, its popularity continues.
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Reason: Scandinavian authors Larsson (from Sweden) and Hoeg (from Denmark) write suspensful, dramatic novels with elements of mystery and large doses of social critique. — Katherine Johnson
Reason: Larsson and French both write exceedingly dark crime stories which feature a compelling man/woman investigative team. Their work is set in bleak landscapes with intricately plotted suspenseful story lines that are marked by violence. — Becky Spratford
Reason: If you like Larsson, you may also like Block. Both write character-driven, complex plot, suspenseful, compelling, and gritty Mystery stories books for adults about Murder investigation and murder.
Burke, James Lee
Reason: If you like character-driven, complex plot, and gritty Mystery stories books for adults featuring Murder investigation and murder, you might like both Larsson and Burke.
Reason: Readers who enjoy character-driven, complex plot, bleak, suspenseful, and gritty Mystery stories books for adults about Murder investigation and Cold cases (Criminal investigation) may also enjoy books by this author.
Reason: These two authors write complex plot and suspenseful books of Mystery stories for adults in which Murder investigation; Missing persons; and father and daughter are the main topics.