I know the Milennium series by Stieg Larrson
is really popular now, and I usually don't subscribe to reading what everyone else is... but it is seriously amazing!!! I'm on the 3rd one now! I got the first one in mid-October and read it in a few days, and the second in about a week. But I have a lot of school work and things, so I'm still reading the 3rd. I watched the first movie about a week ago and it was pretty good. (And Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth is currently my icon.. she was brilliant.)
I also absolutely love the Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris
. It's written so beautifully in all the tragedy it contains and with such strong, arresting characters. The ending of Hannibal is the best! That part wasn't even in the movie! I know the common misconceptions of the series are that it's disgustingly gory and practically horror. It's completely untrue. It might be gross to some, but I think it's an important series (and not to be overlooked because of its violence) because of how Harris writes his characters and their interactions. I don't read many crime novels, but these (Milennium & HL) are such great reads! Everyone loves a good mystery..
Amid the s** & violence, there is such strong, interesting dialogue and characters. So if you love suspense, you'll love The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
(Swedish title translated: Men Who Hate Women), The Girl Who Played With Fire
, & The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
(Swedish title translated: The Air Castle That Exploded). It's so sad that Larrson died before he could publish his books.
It's said that he had at least 7 more books planned for the Milennium series. (They published the series posthumously.)