The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

By (author) Stieg Larsson

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Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

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  • Paperback | 542 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 40mm | 359.99g
  • 24 Jul 2008
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London
  • English
  • 1847245455
  • 9781847245458
  • 69

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Author Information

Stieg Larsson was the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Expo. He was a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist organisations. He died in 2004, soon after delivering the text of the novels that make up the Millennium Trilogy.

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I doubt you will read a better book this year Val McDermid Intelligent, complex, with a gripping plot and deeply intriguing characters. The author's early death is a great los Philip Pullman What a cracking novel! I haven't read such a stunning thriller debut for years. Brilliantly written and totally gripping Minette Walters

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First U.S. publication for a deceased Swedish author (1954 - 2004); this first of his three novels, a bestseller in Europe, is a labored mystery.It's late 2002. Mikael Blomkvist, reputable Stockholm financial journalist, has just lost a libel case brought by a notoriously devious tycoon. He's looking at a short jail term and the ruin of his magazine, which he owns with his best friend and occasional lover, Erika Berger. The case has brought him to the attention of Henrik Vanger, octogenarian, retired industrialist and head of the vast Vanger clan. Henrik has had a report on him prepared by Lisbeth Salander, the eponymous Girl, a freaky private investigator. The 24-year-old Lisbeth is a brilliant sleuth, and no wonder: She's the best computer hacker in Sweden. Henrik hires Mikael to solve an old mystery, the disappearance of his great-niece Harriet, in 1966. Henrik is sure she was murdered; every year the putative killer tauntingly sends him a pressed flower on his birthday (Harriet's custom). He is equally sure one of the Vangers is the murderer. They're a nasty bunch, Nazis and ne'er-do-wells. There are three story lines here: The future of the magazine, Lisbeth's travails (she has a sexually abusive guardian) and, most important, the Harriet mystery. This means an inordinately long setup. Only at the halfway point is there a small tug of excitement as Mikael breaks the case and enlists Lisbeth's help. The horrors are legion: Rape, incest, torture and serial killings continuing into the present. Mikael is confronted by an excruciating journalistic dilemma, resolved far too swiftly as we return to the magazine and the effort to get the evil tycoon, a major miscalculation on Larsson's part. The tycoon's empire has nothing to do with the theme of violence against women which has linked Lisbeth's story to the Vanger case, and the last 50 pages are inevitably anticlimactic.Juicy melodrama obscured by the intricacies of problem-solving. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Customer reviews

Very very good

I really loved this book, the story had me constantly engaged from the beginning. The characters are all very different from a) usual heroes and b) people we know. I do not think the scenes were too gruesome, particularly when you consider what we see in movies and read in the papers each day. I couldn't wait to read the other two books.show more
by Carnie

Disturbing

This is quite a good book, but just not one for me. I found the crimes so hideous that I will definitely not be touching the other two. It was a bit too much for me. I didn't like the characters. I didn't connect with any of them and was pushed away by their lack of morals. Plus the book dragged on for the first half. Nothing really happened till half-way through. And the last bit! How anticlimactic! After the investigation ends you have to get through, what, 40 pages or something, of a guy writing a book. So boring. In saying that, it was definitely thrilling and exciting in many parts. I know everyone loves these books, but as I said, it just wasn't the one for me.show more
by Alina Solomkina

Good Read

I have not come across a good book in a long time. Was a little skeptical about getting a genre in crime as they usually have a rather disappointing end and written rather carelessly. However, this book is very well-written, with some very interesting characters and good twists and surprises. I felt that Larsson have put much thought into the details. Though, I do find some parts a little graphic, i.e in relation to sex and violence. A little slow at first but I can hardly stop turning the pages in some chapters. Personally, I would say this book is better than a lot of other crime fiction I have read.show more
by jennift

Its quite good

Crime isn't always my preferred genre however this novel really made me rethink that. For some it might be hard to get in to however once a few chapters in you won't regret that you kept reading. It was very suspenseful, clever and gripping - essential elements for a good crime novel. Overall I'm very glad I read it and can't wait to get my hands on the sequel.show more
by Andi

Hooked

This book is an amazing read! I started reading this book while on a bus tour ... and sometimes, I felt like saying, "Don't stop the bus now! Blomkvist is sooooo close ...!" The writing is taut and characters totally believable. Larsson's almost journalist approach to this novel hooks you from the opening pages and keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to the end. Some of it is graphic - much like a description of a crime scene - but only makes you feel for and empathise with the characters more. I'm not usually one to read detective fiction but I've made an exception here - and for the other two books in the Millennium series.show more
by Michelle