It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden...and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.
It's about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance...and about Lisbeth Salander, a 24-year-old, pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age, who assists Blomkvist with the investigation.
This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism - and an unexpected connection between themselves.
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"Cases rarely come much colder than the decades-old disappearance of teen heiress Harriet Vanger from her family's remote island retreat north of Stockholm, nor do fiction debuts hotter than this European bestseller . . . At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden's dirty not-so-little secrets, this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple." (Publishers Weekly)
"Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody psychodrama of a Bergman movie with the grisly pyrotechnics of a serial-killer thriller, then add an angry punk heroine and a down-on-his-luck investigative journalist, and you have the ingredients of Stieg Larsson's first novel." (The New York Times)
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a striking novel. 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)
I enjoyed 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'. While Mikhail Bloomquist was a typical hero, his partner, Elizabeth Salendar, was not. She was unusual, brilliant and tough. The story seemed fresh to me, perhaps because it was focused completely on Sweden, a break from American based stories - and referred to various parts of Sweden frequently outside of Stockholm. The story was also well read.
I was disappointed the book did not continue, what's Elizabeth doing now?
If I had picked up the actual book I would have been turned off by the statisticts about violent crimes against women in Europe that started off every chapter. The story was very disturbing and chaulk full of detalied descriptions of the sex crimes commited. The mystery of the missing Harriet was interesting and I only kept listening to see if justice would be served...I was dissapointed.
This was a pretty convoluted story with a disgusting psychopathic family to really set things off. The main characters are only moderately interesting and, in a Scandinavian stereotype, treat sex as casually as a handshake. The dead file missing girl mystery that sets the whole thing off has a completely implausible resolution. (You've got to be kidding that the police wouldn't have looked in the place she spent the first 2 weeks.) The final financial wrap up is timely given current events, but a bit preachy as the main character launches into a lecture about how the stock market isn't the economy; it's only the fat cats. (Apparently, "real" people don't have money in the Swedish stock market.) A so-so book.
I looked forward t my time in the car or on a run to keep up with the story. It has a lot of Sweedish names that get confusing but be patient, you will be able to sort it all out
A mystery that kept this listener enthralled. Characters were believable and not sterotyped. The intrigue and intricate threads did not come unravelled until the end and so held the listener guessing through each chapter. After finishing this book I immediately looked for further novels by the author and was disappointed not to find any more on Audible.
Just like other reviews say, the first part of the book is extremely boring, but just stick with it. The book as a whole is amazing and you'll be so glad you read it. So interesting and surprising. Loved it!
I've been listening to books for many years and this stands out as one of the best! In regards to the reviewers who claim that the book jumps too much, character development and plot twists may truly be too much for some people. Excellent read! Superbly narrated by Simon Vance!
Great to listen to a foreign crime thriller with many twists that takes you in new directions... I thought this book was over and found three hours of audible to go and off we went again.
The narrator is very good and his UK accent added to the international flavor of a great book.
Very enjoyable and interesting read all the way. I can't wait for the other two books to be translated then put into audio. Sorry to hear the author is no longer alive.
I could have been reading this book on a really fast, fun, jerky roller coaster and kept up with whose who just as well.... Just jumped too quickly and so many varied characters - hence the jerking back and forth between characters, places, times, etc.... The book was <i>good<i> but not great and left me wondering about one of the main characters.... her past. It was alluded to often, guarded as if the writer's history and never divulged. I would like to see a book just about her and have this mystery solved - as well as take up the ending of this book which was a disappointment for me. Babysitter??
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