This week's cover: The secrets of 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

During the summer of 2008, movie producer Scott Rudin was hanging out at his house in the Hamptons with his partner, who had recently picked up a Swedish crime novel. I knew nothing about it, says Rudin, whose long list of credits includes No Country for Old Men and The Hours. I said, Do you want to get lunch? He said, Yes in a week. Don't talk to me. Don't bother me. I'm reading!...

The book, it turned out, was Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Soon, Rudin himself was hooked on the novel and its two sequels, a condition he shares with millions of obsessed Americans. I read it, and I read the second and a while later the third, he says. I absolutely loved them. They're just fantastic stories. I spent about a year and a half trying to get the rights.

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