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Amazon Best of the Month, September 2008: Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. --Dave Callanan
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Starred Review. 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 by muckraking Swedish journalist Larsson. At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden's dirty not-so-little secrets (as suggested by its original title, Men Who Hate Women), this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple: disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, freshly sentenced to jail for libeling a shady businessman, and the multipierced and tattooed Lisbeth Salander, a feral but vulnerable superhacker. Hired by octogenarian industrialist Henrik Vanger, who wants to find out what happened to his beloved great-niece before he dies, the duo gradually uncover a festering morass of familial corruption—at the same time, Larsson skillfully bares some of the similar horrors that have left Salander such a marked woman. Larsson died in 2004, shortly after handing in the manuscripts for what will be his legacy. 100,000 first printing. (Sept.)
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I tried to read this book years ago when it first came out and everyone was talking about it. I made it to around page 200 and that was painful enough! Poor writing. Read morePublished 1 day ago by MCP
I was spellbound by this story within a story within another story. Horrifying descriptions of unmentionable crimes keep you reading to find out if the girl with the Dragon tattoo... Read morePublished 2 days ago by jdwwhawaii
A very good book--I am now reading his second book Girl with firePublished 2 days ago by mike trautman
Very good book but I honestly had to watch the movie to fully understand the whole gist of the plot. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Myranda Harkless
A book to read in airplane or so, will keep you focused on it, but not of a great valuePublished 4 days ago by Anna
I'm truly bewildered by why this book got so popular. Obviously I'm in the minority, so maybe there's something wrong with me ha. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Dan Fitz