Olof Palme
'The Girl Who Played With Fire' by Stieg Larsson

Already, a nimbus of legend surrounds the story: In late 2004, Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson delivered to his publisher three finished manuscripts -- the opening salvos in a rumored 10-part suspense narrative. Like a latter-day Sjöwall-Wahlöö, the husband-and-wife detective novelists whose Martin Beck decology (1965-75) engaged Olof Palme-era political unrest, Larsson sought to explore and explode the moral deficits, irresponsible government and extremist movements that characterize postmillennial Europe. And, he admitted, he wanted to ensure a plush retirement.Not long after, the author suffered a fatal coronary. His death, which truncated Larsson's stewardship of the liberal...