The Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larsson.
Unlike most of the other books in this challenge, number 20 was an easy choice and came to mind immediately. Originally written in Swedish and subsequently translated into English (the language in which I read them), this dark, psychological, crime thriller trilogy ranks amongst my most favourite ever reads.
Okay it’s three books but to me they’re very much a unit. The set consists of:
- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2005)
- The Girl Who Played With Fire (2006)
- The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (2007)
The translator is Reg Keeland for publisher MacLehose/Quercus
For me these novels were compulsive reading. The main characters in all three books are Lisbeth Salander – a damaged, feisty, feminist, techie fighter for justice, and Mikael Blomkvist – an investigative journalist – and they are a totally beguiling partnership. The stories are intriguing, shocking and completely gripping.
I read them all before seeing either the TV series or the film versions and, yes, the books were better.
So, what about you? Have you read any good, or maybe not so good, translated books?