EW's pop culture columnist recommends Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy and five more standout books
The MILLENNIUM TRILOGY, by Stieg Larsson
Lisbeth Salander is one of the great female characters in fiction, dangerous as hell in spite of her waiflike appearance; she karate-kicks as well as she computer-hacks. The best thing about the late Larsson's Millennium Trilogy is that the three books form one long, interconnected tale. And like Jo Rowling's Harry Potter series, it's a relentless, unputdownable narrative.