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Publisher's Summary

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family.

He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from 40 years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves

©2008 Reg Keeland; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"I doubt you will read a better book this year." (Val McDermid)
"Intelligent, complex, with a gripping plot and deeply intriguing characters. The author's early death is a great loss." (Philip Pullman)
"What a cracking novel! I haven't read such a stunning thriller debut for years. Brilliantly written and totally gripping." (Minette Walters)

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  • Victoria
  • 07-08-11

Fantastic Narrator! Fantastic Story!!

Amazing story, amazing narrator. The narrator has one of those voices you could listen to forever! Soothing, yet interesting! Please use this narrator more!!
The story is fantastic!

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  • Sinead
  • 07-02-11

Good book and well narrated

I had heard about this book for a while, I'm glad I had the opportunity to listen to it on audible, it was a well written book and well narrated. The story line was gripping to the end however, violent in some spots. After I had listened to it, I bought the sequels and the DVD's. I had no reason to deduct any stars and therefore I have given it the highest rating. If you enjoy a good suspense thriller I recommend.

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  • bhavna
  • 06-24-11

Real good book

The previous reviews have said all that I would have said, except the bit about being a slow start. I found it captured my attention from the beginning. You can't help but love Lisbet.

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  • Panda
  • 06-21-11

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

An exhilarating, fascinating read and one which I couldn't wait to get back to every day. I would thoroughly recommend the Millenium Trilogy. I've always had this idealised view about Swedish society and in a way it was refreshing to discover that there are as many dark and demonic corners hiding there as in any other country. The best revelation for me though was the unexpected and unlikely anti heroine Lisbeth Salander and her fight against men's propensity to feel and enact violence towards women. Some of the statistics on violence voiced in the Millenium Trilogy against women were shocking but not surprising given the almost daily news we are fed of such atrocities. I felt this book and the others addressed some of the exasperation most of us feel when faced with such awful knowledge and the overwhelming sense of satisfaction when it was attacked head on was so deliciously addictive.

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  • Dave
  • 06-13-11

Well paced gripping story

I am not a big lover of fiction, and many have already reviewed this book, so I will just say that the story generally moves along nicely and has some nice twists, whille it is extremely well read. I found this very entertaining and am more than happy to start on the next in the series, which is a pretty big thumbs up from someone who rarely listens to fiction at all.

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  • Lisa
  • 05-28-11

Absolutely gripping!

When you start reading this book, you will not be able to put it done....and then you will have to purchase the other 2 books in the series! Then you will have to watch the films.........one of the best trilogies I have ever read.

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  • Phil
  • 04-29-11

What a series

If you haven't yet got into the three books by Stieg Larrson then you really don't know what you are missing - The best book was the third and last but this one was excellent for setting the scene - Buy it now!

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  • Sandra
  • 04-28-11

complex

after around 4 attempts with this audio I finally got to the end. Very confusing with the foreign names places etc and one of the main character's does amazingly well for herself considering her start in life. Was never gripped by this book but it's ok.

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  • Adam
  • 04-19-11

AWESOME!

As with all of this series, this book was, as my review title suggests, AWESOME!

The story was read in true form and the narrator was excellent.

WELL RECOMMENDED!

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  • Stewart
  • 04-16-11

As Good as everyone says

Believe the hype. It's a well paced thriller but also a very very good book. The writer doesn't rush or panic; he develops characters, weaves different story lines together and builds a believable scenario with which a lesser author would struggle to convince.
I cannot wait to read the other stories in the series because I desperately want to meet the characters again.
I should add the narrator is superb and just right for the book.

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