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 book contains TOO many sexual themes for a young adult fiction. This is for the VERY, VERY mature and teens should not be reading this type of material. I would never recommend this book and was very disappointed!!!!
THE GIRL WITH…
Where does one begin with a story like this? It is, at the same time, one of the best I’ve read, and is, maybe the foulest, most disgusting, story of my experience. Is the human race really this noxious and obscene, or is this just an author’s grossest attempt to disgust us? Incest, kidnapping, murder, brutality, and torture carried on in a family over three generations, and strictly protected by mother, father, brothers, and sister. Even Steven King would be hard pressed to come up with such a profane story.
Knowing what I now know, I’d wait for the abridged version. The first hour of this book is less interesting than reading a phone book. When I first got the book I was so unimpressed that I stopped listening: then I started hearing of the world’s clamor for it, so I gave it another listen—once “The Girl…” is introduced things began to get interesting, but even then I found myself wishing for an abridged version: there’s just too much garbage.
The only thing that could make this story more gross would be for the family to sit down to a Christmas dinner, chatting gaily while they dispassionately carve morsels of flesh from the living body of their least favorite family member, or from the body of daddy’s latest whore whom he picked up on the way home from the office. It is that gross. It also does nothing to improve the moral status of Europeans. Why would anyone want to emulate those people? They turn my stomach.
So… go ahead and buy the thing, but get ready, and remember: I warned you.
I had listened to "Hornet's Nest" first, so I was confused, and this book explained much about the relationship between the characters, but on the other hand I knew more about "Wasp" because of reading Hornet first. Excellent story, and Simon Vance has an amazing range of character voices.
I FOUND THE FIRST 1/4 OF THIS BOOK HARD TO LISTEN TO. I HAVE HEARD PEOPLE PUT THE BOOK DOWN EARLY BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET THROUGH IT. *** THAT BEING SAID I TRULY ENJOYED THIS BOOK AND CAN'T WAIT TO LISTEN TO THE NEXT ONE.
This was a very good book, ususally I can figure out the end before the middle. This one was different, a challege. Worth listening to.
How did all of the Swedish characters suddenly become British? Very annoying. This is a good book, but there is a lot of dead space. See the movie, it's better.
I enjoyed the book immensely. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the story. The format gives the reader multiple perspectives on the same events.
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