- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 542 pages
- Dimensions: 112mm x 176mm x 38mm | 299g
- Publication date: 4 June 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1906694664
- ISBN 13: 9781906694661
- Edition statement: Open Market Edition
- Sales rank: 14,950
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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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. Reg Keeland is the translator of many fine writers from Swedish.
By Esther Cohen 29 Sep 2010
I put off reading this for the longest time, determined to resist the hype. I'm glad I came to my senses. There are a few stumbling blocks, the pace takes a while to get going, as the scene is set and you may struggle with the unfamiliarity of the character's Swedish names. Persist. This is a great and entertaining read. You will end up desparate to start the next installment, but with reluctance knowing that the third book is truly the last. Lizbeth is a real gutsy heroine and Mikhael a really likeable character. There are lots of twists and plotlines, some quite graphic in detail. Stieg Larsson has also included some quite disturbing facts about the abuse of females in his homeland, something that doesn't immediately spring to mind when you think of the civilised country of Sweden. Just one thing though, do all Swedes drink as much coffee and eat as many sandwiches as this group of people, isn't there anything else on the menu?!
'Intelligent, complex, with a gripping plot and deeply intriguing characters. The author's early death is a great loss' Philip Pullman, Guardian. As vivid as bloodstains on snow - Lee Child. What a cracking novel! I haven't read such a stunning thriller debut for years. Brilliantly written and totally gripping - Minette Walters. I doubt you will read a better book this year - Val McDermid. So much more than a thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a dazzling novel of big ideas - Harlan Coben. Brilliantly written ... the characters are superbly drawn and the story grips from first to last - Mail On Sunday. A rip-roaring serial-killer adventure - Mail on Sunday. An utterly fresh political and journalistic thriller that is also intimate and moral ... a feast of a book - Michael Ondaatje. The books are selling in their millions across Europe and it's not hard to see why - Spectator. The ballyhoo is fully justified ... the novel scores on every front - The Times. 'A publishing sensation who seemingly came from nowhere ... crime fiction has seldom needed to salute and mourn such a stellar talent as Larsson's in the same breath' Sunday Times. 'Just when I was thinking there wasn't anything new on the horizon, along comes Stieg Larsson with this wonderfully unique story. I was completely absorbed' Michael Connelly.