Stieg Larsson Hottest Novelist right now
The movies, in Swedish language, are a hit as well. I've seen all three, but only after reading the three novels.
I can tell you that the movies are INTENSE! Even knowing what is going to happen...the films are really good.
Millennium refers to the name of the fictional magazine that the main male character, Mikael Blomkvist, owns and operates in a partnership with other contributing characters. But the main protagonist is Lisbeth Salander, who must be the best female character developed in decades!
Don't allow yourself to be thrown off by the Swedish words and names in the books. Blomkvist is pronounced as "Bloomquist." The story and characters all fall into place, once you get going into the first book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The books form one continuous story, with the second novel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, picking up immediately where the first book ended. This is also true of the third novel, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
Of the three movies, Hornet's Nest is the hardest to follow and keep my interest. If you haven't read the three books, you will NOT understand what is going on in the Hornet's Nest movie.
I highly recommend these three novels for lovers of mystery and murder! (or lovers of murder mysteries)