The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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September 2008 -- An engrossing debut thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  has been an international sensation, a bestseller in its native Sweden and throughout Europe. It features an unforgettable heroine: a brilliant 24-year-old punk-goth computer hacker and private investigator named Lisbeth Salander. Together with Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist on a most unusual assignment, she tracks a serial killer through a dangerous maze of business, political, and family secrets.

The intricate tale begins when Blomkvist is convicted of libeling top Swedish industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström. Unable to prove his innocence, Blomkvist prepares to leave his position at Millennium, the magazine he co-founded, now financially threatened by the verdict. But a summons from Wennerström's rival, the aging tycoon Henrik Vanger, presents an option he couldn't have imagined: In exchange for Blomkvist's writing the Vanger family history, Vanger promises to back Millennium financially and deliver incriminating evidence of Wennerström's crooked dealings.

But that's not all. The closets of the Vanger clan are littered with skeletons, and his new patron wants Blomkvist to set one at rest: the disappearance, 40 years ago, of Vanger's 16-year-old grandniece, Harriet. Intrigued by the cold case that was never solved despite multiple investigations, Blomkvist begins to dig for new evidence on an island north of Stockholm.

He is soon joined by Salander, a freelance investigator originally hired by Vanger to vet Blomkvist's reputation. Multiple piercings and tattoos are belied by the young computer genius's photographic memory. A victim of assault and harrowing abuse, Salander is driven by a relentless will and an astonishing capability for merciless retribution.

Larsson's narrative unfolds with mounting suspense, detailing the duo's intellectual ingenuity and increasing courage as they expose hidden cultures of right-wing fanaticism and misogyny and reveal the moral bankruptcy of big capital. As they race across Europe and on to Australia to trap their prey before another woman is tortured and killed, the reader is held in breathless anticipation until the novel's unforeseen conclusion.

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by IBIS on ‎09-17-2009 03:58 PM

This book took a bit of getting used to. The plot itself is intricate, and there are stories wrapped inside other stories. Because it's translated from the Swedish, it took getting used to the foreign references, for example, not knowing anything of Swedish geography, I didn't know one city from another, or a river from a lake.

 

But once I got the hang of it, I found the story engrossing. The characters were wonderful. I've never met a more original heroine as Lisbeth Salanger. I just finished, "The Girl who Played with Fire",  the second of this trilogy by Stieg Larsson.

by 7th_Trump on ‎04-02-2011 08:45 PM

Once you wrap your mind around all of the characters, the story really does flow and you can concentrate on the mystery.  Salander is a unique crime fighter and is drawn up very well by the author.  As we can see there are plenty of copy cats out there.  Which goes to show you if you can think of a unique twist to the standard mystery story, you too can hit the bonanza.

by avid_reader1590 on ‎04-03-2011 03:36 PM

I loved this book along with the two others of the series. I do have to say that for me the story did not get interesting until after page 50 but after.....WOW!  What a talented author he was! 

by kathylcsw on ‎04-05-2011 07:47 AM

I read all 3 of these books on my Nook and really liked them. I agree that they started SO slow but once they picked up it was a great ride! The 3rd was probably the best because it started off fast and just kept moving.

 

My only issue was that I kept getting hung up on the character names. I had no clue on how to pronounce Swedish names and had to stop and sound them out. Other than that it was a wonderful series. Too bad the author died and there will be no follow ups.

by ZAY on ‎04-06-2011 11:41 AM

I finished reading these books last week and they are by far my favorite!!!  I had a hard time with the first book so I watched the movie and then I couldn't stop reading.  The 3 movies are equally as good as the books!

 

@avid_reader1590 - I had the same issue, it took me almost a whole week to read the first 50 pages!

 

@kathylcsw - I agree with you, so sad that we will not get to enjoy any other books by this author...I could and would definitely read anything he wrote!

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