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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy) [Hardcover]

Stieg Larsson
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Book Description

10 Jan 2008 Millennium Trilogy

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone in her own family - the deeply dysfunctional Vanger clan. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired to investigate, but when he links Harriet's disappearance to a string of gruesome murders from forty years ago, he needs a competent assistant - and he gets one: computer hacker Lisbeth Salander - a tattoed, truculent, angry girl who rides a motorbike like a Hell's Angel and handles makeshift weapons with the skill born of remorseless rage. This unlikely pair form a fragile bond as they delve into the sinister past of this island-bound, tightly-knit family. But the Vangers are a secretive lot, and Mikael and Lisbeth are about to find out just how far they're prepared to go to protect themselves - and each other.

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  • Hardcover: 572 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press; First Edition edition (10 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847242537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847242532
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 4.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,749 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor-in-chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist, and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

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'Stieg Larsson is the best Swedish crime writer of the decade' Kristianstadbladet.

'A violently entertaining trilogy ... may it never end' Arbetarbladet.

'A huge, 500-plus-page opus, a multilayered, multi-character tale by a writer of some considerable power. Full of social conscience and compassion, with great insight into the nature of moral corruption, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo just knocked me out. During the time I had my nose stuck in its pages, I was thoroughly consumed by the work, and in those periods when I had to put the book down, I found myself grumpy and anxious to return to Larsson's narrative ... when I finally put the book down, I was still unable to sleep, my head filled with the high-definition world that this author has crafted ... already I'm thinking this could be remembered as the best crime novel of 2008 ... This book shows how exhilarating crime fiction can be' Ali Karim, The Rap Sheet website.

'A publishing sensation, an accomplished crime writer who seemingly came from nowhere ... a memorable debut and deserves most of the hype with which it is being published in this country ... Crime fiction has seldom needed to salute and mourn such a stellar talent as Larsson's in the same breath' Sunday Times.

'The ballyhoo is fully justified ... At over 500 pages this hardly sagged ... The novel scores on every front - character, story, atmosphere' The Times.

'What a cracking novel! I haven't read such a stunning thriller debut for years. The way Larsson interweaves his two stories had me in thrall from beginning to end. Brilliantly written and totally gripping' Minette Walters.


Brilliantly written...the characters are superbly drawn and the story grips from first to last - 5 stars --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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807 of 845 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 28 Dec 2009
I have just finished reading this book which was recommended to me by a friend. As someone who is not usually a crime fiction fan (I certainly never buy them), I was not very enthusiastic about it but had some curiousity because of the rave reviews it was getting in other areas also. I found the beginning of the book a bit tedious and was starting to think it was not for me, but, all of a sudden, it got a grip and I found that I was most reluctant to put it down! I have now had the satisfaction of finishing it this morning after a record reading time. I found the book most entertaining, evoking many differing emotions - suspense, disgust, intrigue, and some laughs also. The location being in Sweden was interesting and the translation certainly did not affect the impact of the storytelling. The two main characters were likeable and I grew fond of them and found myself caring about them. The author certainly can reach the reader and at the end, my main emotion was one of satisfaction. I certainly intend to the read his other two books.
Jean Ross
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. 24 Oct 2009
Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy has met with such phenomenal success that it's almost impossible to avoid them. The three titles - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest seem to be omnipresent, with heads tucked into them everywhere I go. Larsson, a Swedish journalist, died shortly after he handed in the manuscripts for his three thrillers in 2004, so the heartless cynic might suspect an element of posthumous hype. I remember disappointedly discarding John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces halfway through, and wondering whether some of the eulogies piled on it were related to the author's suicide eleven years before publication and his mother's subsequent desperate attempts to find a publisher. But the praise seems well earned in Larsson's case - he's produced commercially accessible but well-written and informed thrillers which, unlike Dan Brown, will appeal to the more discerning reader as well as purveyors of pappy beach reads.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a convoluted thriller set in Sweden. The atypical heroine is a dysfunctional, wary female computer hacker called Lisbeth Salander. Skinny as a bedraggled cat, surly, pierced and tattooed, she looks more of a delinquent teenager than the whizz-kid she is. She freelances for a security company and specialises in carrying out detailed private investigations on individuals. Conventional laws are there to be flouted as far as Salander goes, but she does have a strong moral code in other ways, refusing to tolerate violence against women. Salander becomes involved when a journalist called Mikael Blomkvist is asked to investigate a disappearance of a young woman that occurred thirty six years previously.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it 5 July 2011
My overall impression of `The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' is positive and I will remember a lot of the strong aspects of the writing, notably the unique characterisation and the Nordic backdrop described. Central to the plot are Kalle' Blomquist, a journalist convicted of libel who serves out his penance between jail and the isolated wilds of Norrland + Lisbeth Salander, an expert system hacker and all-round investigator. Blomquist is employed to investigate the unsolved disappearance of Harriet Vanger in the 1960's. At first he is not really interested but as Blomquist delves into the complex layers of the horrible Vanger dynasty he picks up clues that will ultimately lead to the truth, amid a Silence of the Lambs tale of horror. The social misfit Salander is the star of the book; a complex irrational character who joins up with Blomquist after originally being employed to investigate him. Together the expose the horrible truth and then set about taking down the corrupt businessman that Blomquist had supposedly libelled. It is a bleak tale with no clean cut heroes - Blomquist is clever but lacking in common sense and with awkward social skills in dealing with women. There is a struggle in reading the book where the narrative is over descriptive and long winded, particularly early on when adapting to the style. Sometimes you know what is coming but it takes five extra pages to get there through the extra unnecessary passages. Will have a break before reading the next book - The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy)

I would advise persevering with the early chapters and wait for the hook the draws you into this harrowing tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent tense thriller with a conscience 14 Aug 2008
Some incredible thrillers are coming from Scandinavian countries these days. Anyone who is a fan of the Kurt Wallander series of books by Henning Mankell will know what I mean. Now we have a new addition to the shelf, courtesy of deceased author, Stieg Larsson.

This is the first volume in the Millenium trilogy and after finishing this first book, I am very much looking forward to the next two volumes. Larssson died in 2004 soon after delivering the manuscripts for 3 crime novels to his publisher. It's a pity that this gifted author isn't around for a long time to come.

The tale is split between the shady secrets of a wealthy family and the murky dealings of a famous businessman. Mikael Blomkvist, a recently convicted journalist, is hired by Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of his niece almost 40 years ago. Vanger promises Blomkvist the means to clear his good name as part of the payment and Blomkvist accepts.

The author manages to maintain an excellent pace throughout, but still delivers a strong social lesson while providing the thrills. It is an intelligent thriller with a conscience. Probably one of the best of its kind in recent years.
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Running like a set of parallel train tracks, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is a classy, modern day thriller which not only entertains the reader but manages to educate the reader... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Greggorio!
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite book
I was recommended this book by a friend who thought it was excellent. While I didn't hate it I found it boring at times. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Tracey Burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars too good to put down
have read all three twice in quick succession got a lot more the second time I read them. Loved them
Published 6 days ago by Stanley Whetstone
2.0 out of 5 stars poor
bought the whole trilogy before reading this & if i had read this first i would not have bought the others as the whole story was just too slow burning for me. Read more
Published 9 days ago by vek
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Started this unsure of what to expect but found I got into and ended up buying the next two books. A really excellent read.
Published 10 days ago by WLL
5.0 out of 5 stars I was gripped right from the start
I soon got the drift and tension and there were so many surprises round every corner I think I read it in one sitting - amazingly !
Published 10 days ago by Gail Fitzpatrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Fantastic book, i couldn't put it down! I highly recommend it! Stieg Larsson is a book genious, I adore his books
Published 10 days ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Again not yet read. Sitting in my Kindle awaiting my attention. I just love my kindle as books usually cheaper to purchase and saves on weight and space.
Published 10 days ago by Mrs. E. A. Wake
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Yes I have already commented on this trilogy, I found it to be a very good read and would recommend it, thoroughly enjoyed all three books.
Published 12 days ago by Alison Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Ineresting
Found this book brilliantly written by Stieg Larsson. I'd seen the film, but found the book much more interesting. Read more
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