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)
This is an extremely well written book, with intriguing characters, and interesting themes. It is especially suited to an audiobook experience. Get it unabridged, to make it last.
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written with many plot twists. I would have given it a 5 except that I had trouble with the Swedish names all sounding a little alike and running together. When translating the book to English, maybe some of the names should have been changed to more familiar names for English listeners - but maybe that's just my problem.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. The story, language and narration were all superb - even more so considering the book was translated from Swedish. The details of the mystery were not obvious, but were revealed through hard work by the protagonist. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars was the very last part of the story was a bit disappointing and left me with a bit of sadness for the "Girl".
I thought this book was excellent. It kept me listening every chance I got. There were a couple of rather graphic "sex" scenes I could have done without, but the mystery had me on the edge of my seat. I was at first disappointed with the ending until I discovered that this is the 1st book of a trilogy. I can't wait for the next 2 to come out.
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.
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