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The original title of the work was "Men Who Hate Women" which, after reading, seems to be a more apt title than "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" which was referenced only once in the course of the book. After the first hundred pages, the pace of the book increased to a point where it was easier reading. It wasn't until page 270 or so that the two distinct plots merged, a breakthrough was made in the case, and the book became enjoyable. It should not take 270 pages for a book to become enjoyable and truly engaging. I saw a couple distinct problems with the story from the start including but not limited to unnecessary descriptions, multiple plots and plenty of red herrings (including the Nazi influence that sadly did not lead anywhere). Some have complained about the senseless violence, but it was completely necessary for the story, especially given Steig Larsson's past experiences with misogynistic violence in Sweden. All in all, it was an enjoyable read but only at the end. Perhaps it took a few hundred pages for Larsson to find his style, but his emotions had yet to come out. I assume the other chapters of the series will be more engaging and if nothing else, I will be wary about ever letting my guard down in the bedding section of IKEA ever again.