Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Monday, May 21, 2012 / “The Tattooed Girl” by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer, and John-Henri Holmberg

Today’s featured book is The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer, and John-Henri Holmberg.

"The Tattooed Girl" by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer, and John-Henri Holmberg

“The Tattooed Girl” by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer, and John-Henri Holmberg

Why I chose this book:

A behind-the-scenes look at what made the “Tattoo” books resonate with readers around the world. Note, however, that this is not a formula for all “compelling thrillers of our time” as the title suggests, but rather the trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Kind of a “making of” for a particular set of books. Interesting, though, because it gets inside the mind of a writer and the influences that shape his fictional world. A good book for the writer’s reference shelf and at a truly great discounted price. The book was nominated this year for an Edgar Award.

The fascinating stories behind what have been rightly called the “hottest books on the planet”: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

Through insightful commentary and revealing interviews, you will enter the unique world of Lisbeth Salander, Mikael Blomkvist – and of Stieg Larsson himself – discovering the fascinating real-life experiences and incidents involving Swedish politics, violence against women, and neo-Nazis that are at the heart of Larsson’s work.

John-Henri Holmberg, a Swedish author and close friend of Larsson for more than three decades, provides a unique insider’s look into the secrets of the author’s imaginative universe, his life, and his ideas for future books – including the mysterious “fourth book” in the series, which Larsson had started but not finished at the time of his death.

If you want to make your own comments on this selection, we would love to hear from you. Join our Facebook Killer Nashville group page and join in the discussion.

Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!

– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville


About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” ( A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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