Stieg Larsson's Thriller Legacy

Author Stieg Larsson in a 1998 file photo. (AP)

“Swedish thriller” can sound like a contradiction in terms — but not when the thriller is the super global bestseller “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Its heroine — a four-foot-nine-inch, pierced-and-tattoed hacker-punk-savant elfin ball of violent fury named Lisbeth Salander — is like no other you’ve ever met, except maybe her distant pigtailed cousin, Pippi Longstocking.

Its author, Stieg Larsson, a real-life Nazi-hunting Swedish crusader, wrote three killer mysteries all at once, and died. Another mystery.

This hour, On Point: the Swede who played with fire and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”


Edward Kastenmeier, vice president and executive editor for Vintage/Anchor and editor of Stieg Larsson’s books in paperback: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”

Lasse Winkler, editor-in-chief of of Svensk Bokhandel, akin to a Publishers Weekly, and a former investigative journalist.

Niels Arden Oplev, director of the new film, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Oct 5, 2015
The newest version of the Apple mobile iOS system allows ad-blocking software on mobile browsing for the first time. (Abdullah Syahbal / Flickr)

Are ad–blocking, bots, and mobile gutting economic viability of the internet? We’ll take a close look.

Oct 5, 2015
Singer-songwriter Sara Barielles on the cover of her new memoir, "Sounds Like Me." (Courtesy Simon & Schuster)

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles goes fully confessional in her new memoir, “Sounds Like Me.” She joins us.

Oct 2, 2015
Max Martin accepts the award for best producer of the year, non-classical at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles.  (AP)

The software of hit songs now. We’ll look at the algorithms, computer generated beats and producers making it happen for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and more.

Oct 2, 2015
Candles spelling UCC for Umpqua Community College, are displayed at a candlelight vigil for those killed during a fatal shooting at the school, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. (AP)

A deadly shooting at an Oregon community college. Putin and Obama at the UN. The capture of Kunduz. Water on Mars. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: October 2, 2015
Friday, Oct 2, 2015

We say hello again to our email address (since so many of you did this week) and goodbye to the Log Lady.

More »
Interview With Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Count Me As A Radical’
Thursday, Oct 1, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is making waves in the 2016 Presidential race, and he joined us today from the US Capitol to explain how his campaign message is connecting with voters around the country.

More »
Our Week In The Web: September 25, 2015
Friday, Sep 25, 2015

But seriously — where ARE our podcasts running off to? Plus, more Jewel.

More »