The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson
Perhaps something has been lost in translation; the writing in this novel was laboriously dry, simple, and so direct it could barely maintain the mystery of the plot. The characters, while interesting, were not easy to care about, and the tedious mentioning of specific branded items could have been mistaken for blatant product placement. The story itself, however, almost makes up for the writing. This might be one of those books where it's better to see the movie.