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)
Excellent book. There are additional subplots and twists. Just when I thought the book was wrapping up, there was another twist. Keeping track the characters names is a challenge.
OK, I'll jump on the bandwagon. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is not only a great story, but Simon Vance does just a wonderful job in it's reading (as always).
Mr. Larsson's character development is first class and his craftsmanship made me really like and care for some characters and really loath the bad guys. There were several acts of retribution that were very satisfying indeed.
Just buy it, don't worry about keeping track of all the characters. They sort themselves out as the book progresses.
About 3/4 of way through the story the author leaves the story that he has been telling and switches focus to a different story that I found to be extremely boring and hard to follow and I just didn't care. I wanted to be back in the first story.At that point I found the book very frustrating and boring. There is little closure which was very disappointing.
I really enjoyed this book. It was hard at first to keep the Swedish names straight but once I did it was so enjoyable. I was sad to have it end.
Loved this book! It held my interest to the end - I invented places to go so I could listen while I drove, and many times I sat at my destination not wanting to get out of my car. I was slightly disappointed in the ending, and hope subsequent stories by Steig Larson bring back the same characters. It is too bad he has passed away.
If you have a story with an intriguing title,that introduces a female investigator who is even more intriguing and have it presented by a top-notch narrator like Simon Vance You have a winner.
The reader is very good in his voice inflections with the different characters. The book is very descriptive and is sometimes gruesome, but needed to portray the story. This book is not for the faint hearted. The girl with the dragon tattoo is a misunderstood character in the book that I really liked! Revenge is sweet sort of book. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Swedish countryside also. I liked this book.
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