I agree with the 2nd poster. I have read only the 1st book and the violence, sex, incest, rape, and violent sex was disgusting and pornographic.
I thought it was unrealistic that every woman the protagonist met (can’t remember his name, the journalist) immediately wanted to have sex with him, including two women, Lisbeth and the sister of the murderer, who had been victims of sexual assault and/or incest. He of course was happy to have sex with all of them. Then there was his regular partner who was married to someone else. No mention of STD’s pregnancy, etc. AND, he was divorced and a very lousy father (essentially nonexistent) to his teenage daughter, even when he knew she might be getting involved with a religious cult.
I also think the character of Lisbeth herself was inconsistent. She is presented as socially awkward to the point of being a ward of the state and given a menial job until she is “discovered” by her employer. Then suddenly she can get revenge on her assailant, engage in a relationship with the journalist, and then perform all those costume changes and play those roles at the end of the book to get her financial revenge.
Can you tell I didn’t like this book? I won’t be reading the others, even if they have less sex and violence.
And yes, there were some good points. It certainly read well as a good story and mystery and kept the reader’s interest. I found all the financial intrigue educational and interesting. I like the way the solution to the mystery of the missing girl was managed.