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)
Pleasantly surprised by this mystery novel placed in Sweden. Steig Larssen weaves a fascinating tale that moves slowly at first through the character development and then picks up the pace. Story is at its best when Lisbeth is on the scene. Looking forward to the release of the subsequent translations of this author's trilogy as I have been told. . Hope that the reader is the same also!!
This is one of those books that I put the headphones on after my commute and walked around the house like a zombie as I continued to listen to it.
It is true this books starts off a bit slow for an American reader and one has to get used to a little lofty style that actually perfectly reflects the true Swedish writing manner(the translator and the narrator capture the unique Swedish style brilliantly by the way). However very soon it grasps you, keeps you in suspense and never lets you go. The mystery is just incredibly captivating and the ending astonishes you. I also really liked how carefully the author painted the main characters and how believable they are with all their flaws and quirks. Another great thing about this book that it lets you get a glimpse into the Swedish culture, so different from the American one: Swedes are more idealistic, even socialistic, more glum at times, more outwardly reserved, but inwardly and sexually more open and accepting. Fascinating!!!!!
It is a little difficult to follow in the beginning but definitely worth it. After I got into it, I couldn't stop listening. It is a fascinating audiobook and the narrator does a phonemonial job with the different characters. I would definitely recommend.
Novel held my interest. I liked the male lead, but the female computer genius' idiosyncrasies got on my nerves after awhile. And why does every mystery novel set in Europe these days have to have a Holocaust subplot?
I believed the hype, and was disappointed. The author took too long to set up the story; even for those who don't need instant gratification. Good book if you don't mind the wait.
I found it started a bit slow and the ending was a bit ok hollywood but all in all I liked it. It had a bit of a twist here and there that made me go OHHHHH so thats the scoop. I enjoyed it, it was worth the 15 bucks far more than the crappy movies of late, I guess my imagination is better than film.
This book is filled with dynamic characters that keep the story moving along beautifully, and is filled with intriguing plots to keep you on edge. Well written, fabulous storyline, true escapism at its best.
I liked the second half much better. The first half dragged on and I was so tempted to keep fast forwarding, but you needed to know all the characters. The subject matter was pretty boring until they got into the creepy stuff, then it took off. Narration was good, except the voice he did for Erika Berger sounded just like Mr Burns on the Simpsons.
I enjoy a fast paced story, and this one really didn't get going until the second half. I probably wouldn't have finished it if it hadn't been the last book I had left on my ipod. Overall it was a good story, although many of the character's names were difficult to remember and some of the phrases I couldn't understand since this book is set in Sweden and some of the story just doesn't translate to English.
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