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)
Truly, this is offensive garbage.
If you like inane drivel, if you relish pointless inquiry into Swedish family lore, if you enjoy sadistic violence against women with no thematic point, if you applaud when the "bad guy" actually gushes his evil plan to the waiting hero (!) . . . then you might just like this book.
Pity those who give this book a positive review, they know not literature.
The story is around a journalist who is GOING TO JAIL FOR LIBEL! Can you imagine? I never did get over the fact that their press has constraints on it. Also, in Sweden, there is a statute of limitations on MURDER! It is almost like a parallel universe what reality shifts.
I really liked this mystery! It kept me engaged at all times. The reader did have the waif in the book speak with a Cockney accent and once in awhile I caught Count Dracula...but it wasn't distracting.
Interesting characters and plot line. Well written and good translation. I wish audible had other titles by the same author (Millenium Trilogy)
I know why Stieg Larsson never got around to marrying long time girlfriend, Eva Gabrielsson: because he takes forever getting to the point. Great swaths of nothing comprise entire chapters, even Blomkvist asks 'Where is this going?' at one point. Had I known that this 'novel' forgoes narrative technique and replaces it with grocery lists, pointless genealogy, yawning flashback after flashback, vapid product placement, and is told with the insight of a first hand pawn (Larsson was something of a journalist, well above the class of mere mortals), I would have watched the Taster's Choice commercials about the couple who want to meet for coffee, which carried vastly more substance to its characters, yet still spun around getting nowhere, teasing me with the mystery of will they or wont they.
The hype on this book has been overwhelming and I don't feel that it's lived up to the rave. I struggled getting into the story and by the middle of the book it got more interesting to me. I love great mysteries and I wouldn't call this great... but not bad either. I liked how the characters ended up bonding and this story was believable. If you can get this book on sale, I recommend it!
do yourself a favour! BUY THIS BOOK NOW! ... only problem is their 3rd book in the trilogy "Girl who kicked the hornets nest" is NOT yet available in unabridged format on Audible...trust me, you WILL care about this after you read the first book.. dive into the second book... and are left hanging...waiting...waiting...waiting... HURRY UP AUDIBLE! WE, your loyal fans.. NEED this third book! ... on a side note. PLEASE hurry up on the release of audible for ANDROID! It really cant be that hard can it!
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I really liked this book although the vendetta at the end seemed to much for me. I rather got rid of the last chapters.
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