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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Book rating: 05 Paperback Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

By (author) Stieg Larsson, Translated by Reg Keeland

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 644 pages
  • Dimensions: 104mm x 188mm x 46mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 23 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307473473
  • ISBN 13: 9780307473479
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 816

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An International Bestselling Sensation A murder mystery, family saga, love story, and a tale of financial intrigue wrapped into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.Harriet Vanger, scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families, disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pieced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

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Stieg Larsson was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo. He was a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist organizations. He died in 2004, soon after delivering the manuscripts of the novels The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Customer reviews

By Tania Barnett 03 Feb 2011 5

I was quite sceptical about reading this book due to all the hype. However I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are so well developed and it is one of those books where once you start you can't stop.

By INES 14 Sep 2010 5

I borowed the book from my friend because I have been listening about the book everywhere...
I started reading it on the bus on my way home and imediately found the book interesting...
Firstly I was a bit bothered about the mixed writing - jumping from one character doing to another but I soon got used to it...
The author describes the characters very well - they all have some sort of interesting personality, past and presence...The characters themselfes are interesting, not to mention the whole missing girl story...
Every once in a while i tried to stop reading but the story was just pulling me in and i was reading when i ate before i went to sleep and just could stop...
The book is an asembly of Sweden culture, Sweden nature, complex characters, some rough moments and none the less an interesting and misterius Vanger clan and the lost/missing/murdered Harriet...
The main characters Mikael, Lisbeth an Vanger are well characterized an very interesting....

A most for all the thriller lovers and also al other book worms

By Joanne Peulen 31 Dec 2009 5

Extraordinary. Stieg Larsson's thrilling novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo really does deserve the praise it has been given and its place atop the bestseller lists. It is different to any other crime novel I have read.

Larsson tells the story of his main characters Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, along with a great ensemble cast, in almost a clinically detailed fashion, providing the reader a birds-eye view of their lives. While I know some found the detail provided around the financial subject matter and the disclosure of the characters everyday routines laborious - it actually had the opposite effect on me. I found the subject matter easy to follow and this confrontingly open and honest writing style very refreshing (credit also goes to translator Reg Keeland). I was hooked from the moment I began reading, loving sinking my teeth into the detailed and complex storyline, fully aware that this first novel formed the platform for the trilogy.

Larsson builds his characters beautifully - they are complex individuals with both flaws and morals that his audience can identify and empathise with. Yes, there are certainly grisly and violent scenes in this novel. I did not find them overly disturbing though... they were simply part of the story being told. You soon begin to realise that the mystery being solved in the foreground is actually just a mechanism through which Larsson is telling the real story, that being the story of his hero and heroine, Blomkvist and Salander.

I can't wait to read the second novel in the Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire. Larsson has written a crime thriller that has truly broken the mould - a must read!

Booklover Book Reviews

By Stephen M Salins 21 Oct 2009 5

I have never read a bookd from a foreign author before. I found this book to be interesting in learning about Swedish culture along with the fact that I couldn't put it down. The twists in the story and the rich characters were very well done. I bought this book at an airport to read while flying back to my home. It not only made the time go faster, but provided an avenue to get back to reading. The second book in the series is also excellent and I just ordered the third book. I am only sorry that the author has died. Have fun reading this book!

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"Wildly suspenseful . . . an intelligent, ingeniously plotted, utterly engrossing thriller." --"The Washington Post" "I doubt you will read a better book this year." --Val McDermid "Mesmerizing. . . . Imagine the movies of Ingmar Bergman crossed with Thomas Harris's novel "The Silence of the Lambs."" --"USA Today" "A blazing literary sensation [this] dark-hearted thriller ." . . "is now poised to burn up bestseller lists in America." --"Vanity Fair" "Unique and fascinating. . . . It's like a blast of cold, fresh air to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." --"Chicago Tribune" "A super-smart amalgam of the corporate corruption tale, legal thriller and dysfunctional-family psychological suspense story." --"Fresh Air "(NPR) "As vivid as bloodstains on snow--and a perfect one-volume introduction to the unique strengths of Scandinavian crime fiction." --Lee Child "Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody psychodrama of