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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy) Hardcover – 10 Jan 2008
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'A violently entertaining trilogy ... may it never end' Arbetarbladet. (Arbetarbladet)
'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. (Sunday Times)
'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. (Rap Sheet website)
'Stieg Larsson is the best Swedish crime writer of the decade' Kristianstadbladet. (Kristianstadbladet)
'The ballyhoo is fully justified ... At over 500 pages this hardly sagged ... The novel scores on every front - character, story, atmosphere' The Times. (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. (Minette Walters)
The internationally bestselling trilogy - reissued to tie in with the long-awaited continuation of one of the major publishing phenomenons of modern times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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I started it after seeing these positive reviews on Amazon. I had already seen the film some years ago and couldn't remember much of it.
The book was a little daunting, it started off with a bit of mystery and then came all the names of the characters which I was sure would be the undoing of the story trying to keep remembering who was who. After getting a third of the way in, I could not put the book down. What a brilliant book! I have some other books to read but will definately be looking at the rest of the series of books
Rather than simply recount the plot and add spoilers, I'd rather concentrate instead on the characterisation. Did Girl live up to the hype? As far as the characterisation of Salander's is concerned - yes. And it is to see what Lisbeth does in the sequels is the reason I shall be reading Hornets Nest and the Girl who Played with Fire. Blomkvist's characterisation doesn't quite match that of Salander's but perhaps that was intentional - that Larsson chose to put the female protagonist centre stage.
The plot is sprawling and there's swathes of minor characters and the family tree is as complicated as the family in War and Peace, but if you like your thrillers with a social conscience, as I do, this deserves to outsell all the pale imitators that will no doubt, follow in its wake.
The books were very scary and still horrific but I was definitively happier reading these stories rather than watching. After all I knew what I was buying so I'm not moaning.