A side-splitting parody of the most popular thrillers in the world A killer is stalking the female reindeer of Stockholm; the world's leading expert on Baltic sturgeon has been kippered; and Sweden's only unpublished thriller writer has literally lost his head. Under pressure to capture the Reindeer Strangler and facing complete elimination as a result of budget cuts, the Swedish police take Lizzy Salamander, Scandinavia's most heavily tattooed girl-sociopath and hacker extraordinaire, into custody. Mikeal Bloomberg believes Salamander has been framed. Overweight, under-exercised and hirsute in all the wrong places, chick magnet Bloomberg throws himself headlong into the investigation only to encounter an unexpected problem. If Salamander is innocent, who is the flat-chested, 4'10'' girl ninja with the sturgeon tattoo captured on a surveillance camera decapitating the failed novelist? A story of corruption and perversion that reaches to the highest echelons of the world's largest producer of inexpensive ready-to-assemble wooden bookcases, THE GIRL WITH THE STURGEON TATTOO serves up a hilarious-and gripping-parody of the bestselling novels by Stieg Larsson.
For this heavy-handed parody of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, the pseudonymous Arffssen, billed as a "bestselling thriller author," renames Larsson's leads and unlikely sleuthing partners as Lizzy Salamander and Mikael Blomberg. Salamander, who heads Manhater Security, which specializes in resolving "Embarrassing Sexual Predator Problems," becomes a suspect when Twig Arssen, an aspiring author, is found dead. Arrsen had just written his father a postcard about a new book of his that he fears "will cost me my life, bring down the ruling government, and lead to the collapse of the Swedish state." Arssen's failed projects include works that sound a lot like J.K. Rowlings's Harry Potter books and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Bored of the Rings, the brilliant Harvard Lampoon parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings this is not, though some Larsson fans are sure to enjoy a chuckle or two. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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St. Martin's Griffin
August 30, 2011
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