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Publisher's Summary

A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue....

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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©2008 Stieg Larsson (P)2008 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Couldn't Stop

Just loved this book. Kept my interest the whole way through & had a killer ending.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Fernando
  • Crestline, CA, United States
  • 10-16-09

WOW - Awesome

Great story, well written and it gets better as you listen. The narrator does an incredible
job building up the story and the characters. I Can’t wait to listen to the sequel.

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  • George
  • Halethorpe, MD, USA
  • 10-14-09

Starts slow but worth the wait

The style of writing was difficult to follow at first. It was slow and seemed to lack direction - was I wrong. By the last 5 hours I could not stop listening. I found the book so enjoyable I downloaded the next book in the trilogy. Also this was the first narrative by Simon Vance I actually enjoyed.

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  • Paula
  • Laurel, MS, USA
  • 10-13-09

too slooooooow

I stuck with this just because of the good reviews but only liked the last 2 hrs. Much too slow of a build into the story.

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very mixed - how it's avg rate is so high 4+?

To say this book starts slow, would be kind. It starts out very slow. I downloaded the book in May and just finished it. Each time I tried to listen to more of it, another book came along and I quickly jumped books, but then, I'd try it again while looking for a new book. Along with a friend of mine that said stick with it, it's just about going to get good. For me that started at disc 7, you may want to go abridged on this book. the rest of the book was an interesting murder, killer, sex, mystery. I am now at a cross road, what book to listen to next, do I jump into book 2, if I do it will be abridged

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I am very disappointed in this writer

Several people had mentioned this book and then my bookclub decided to read it. I have never been more angry about a book. The writer has treated all of the women characters with such violence and lack of respect. The violent acts swept under the carpet for whatever reason... were detestable. The protaganist for whom you initially feel regard take no responsibility for his daughter or his colleague. The more I thought about how he left his colleague...the more disappointed I became. I wonder about a writer who dramatizes such violence against women and then proceeds to move on without second thought or remorse. It may be fiction...But so what.

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Good mystery

This is a dark mystery. This is the prequel or first book to "The girl who played with fire". Wish audible gets this straight, since this is the second time they screwed up, and I read the second book then the first book. I had to read/listen to the second book again. Even though each book stands by itself, but it helps to understand the characters better. Overall it was interesting, but pity when translating they used miles and feet instead of metric system, since Europe is using metric system, it made the story less authentic European.

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Fantastic Listen

Wow!! I was blown away by this book and I am hooked on this series of mysteries. I was astonished that Mr. Larsson passed away because I wanted to read more of his writings. "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest" are the next books in the series that were evidently completed before he passed away. I just could not stop listening and found myself sitting in my car in my garage not wanting to turn this audio off. I highly recommend this book and it is well worth the 1 credit I paid! Bravo Mr. Larsson!!!

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  • Sue
  • Oklahoma City, OK, United States
  • 10-06-09

Great Listen

Very interesting, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Great book

It took a couple of chapters to catch my interests, but then I couldn't stop listening. I would recommend this book. It was somewhat predictable, but still it kept my interest.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful