The late Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a quirky and fascinating novel. It is at once a thriller, a character study, and a political exploration — all taking place in Sweden. The lead character, Lisbeth Salander, is a brilliant computer programmer who seems to have Asperger’s Syndrome (not unusual among brilliant computer programmers). Secondary themes abound — political and corporate corruption, pressures on independent media, modern-day fascism, various shades of hacking, sexual violence, racism, the complexities of human interaction — all tightly interwoven with each other and with the main plot. Read the book, or listen to the audiobook version (superbly read aloud by Simon Vance) as I did.