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 loved this book and didn't want it to end. The characters are very interesting, and it was nice to have Sweden as the location of the story. It's a good mystery.
I really enjoyed this book, it was an intriguing story and the narrator was fabulous. I cant wait till the next book comes out this summer, but am very sad to learn the author passed away. This is a real gem.
It was a bit slow moving out, but once the characters, the atmosphere, and the growing story line were fleshed out this book took off for me! Delightful and wicked! As it grew closer to the end of the book I found myself not wanting it to end. When it did "finish up" I only wanted more! I want the author to explore, further, the irresistible interplay between Mikael and Salander. Lisbeth Salander is unconventional, extremely bright, intriguing and a nice complement to Mikael's practicality. The Vanger family is so full of interesting people and though often strange, I find them compelling and want to delve more into their history and personalities. Wrap all this up in a tale of suspense, treachery, and dark secrets, you will quickly find yourself deep in the world of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
This has been by far the best audio book I have listened to in years. This story is entirely engaging and you will find yourself completely caught up in it. Do NOT pass up this book. To give you an idea of how it has impressed me, this is the first review I have written after listening to over 150 books. Truly amazing.
I picked up this title knowing nothing about Steig Larrson and desperately needing a new author. I'm so sad that this is his first novel! I'm already on the waiting list for his 2nd book, due out in the summer "The Girl Who Played With Fire"
This novel is colorful and vibrant with excellent characterization. There are very few "tells" that this is a new novelist and the story overpowers them easily.
Not only is the story compelling, but the narrator is exceptional. His tone and characterization are perfect and his pronunciation of the Swedish phrases cannot be faulted.
This is the first audiobook I have ever purchased that I've listened to twice - not only that, but I only bought it 3 weeks ago!! Buy it - you won't regret one minute of listening. The only downside is that, like me, you'll have to wait anxiously for the release of his second novel!
Once you get past the Swedish names and geography, the story moves along and comes alive. It was great reading a book written for a culture with different social norms. I think that is one reason this book is such a good read. Since this is the first of three books, and the other two are already written, it makes you want to learn Swedish so you don't have to wait another year to learn how the story ends.
I think this book just moved into my all time favorite audiobook position. I enjoyed it thoroughly and was sad when it ended.
I loved this book down to the very last second. The narration was perfect, the story spellbinding, and the characters wonderfully flawed.
The author did an excellent job keeping several events going on simultaneously while keeping you involved and anxiously waiting for what was coming next. I appreciate a book that is unpredictable and spell binding.
this book is a little hard to get into at the beginning, but as soon as you've established all the characters in the book, it's very easy to follow. I think all the swedish names were throwing me off that's why. It's also very graphic, in terms of the imagery that popped up in my head when listening to this, i don't know what that says about me. Although I have not finished the audio yet (one more hour to go) this is a very good listen.
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