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Stieg Larsson , Reg Keeland
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Book Description

June 23, 2009 Millennium Trilogy (Book 1)
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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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

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.

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. With its rich characterizations and intriguing plot, the first book of the late Stieg Larsson's completed trilogy, involving disgraced Swedish journalist-publisher Mikael Blomkvist and the eponymous, pierced and tattooed, emotionally troubled young hacker-investigator Lisbeth Salander, clearly deserves the acclaim it's received overseas. Martin Wenner's almost indifferent, British-accented narration would seem an odd choice for a novel filled with passion, sex and violence, but as the oddly coupled Blomkvist and Salander probe the four-decade-old disappearance of Harriet Vanger, heiress to one of Sweden's wealthiest clans, the objective approach actually accentuates the extreme behavior of both and the strange subjects of their investigation. Wenner's calm, controlled manner aids the listener in keeping track of the numerous members of the Vanger family, a task that the printed book simplifies with a reference page. A Knopf hardcover (Reviews, July 14). (Sept.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Millennium Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime / Black Lizard (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307454541
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,849 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,057 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 antidemocratic 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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2,486 of 2,692 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
A 24-year-old computer hacker sporting an assortment of tattoos and body piercings and afflicted with Asperger Syndrome or something of the like has been under state guardianship in her native Sweden since she was thirteen. She supports herself by doing deep background investigations for Dragan Armansky, who, in turn, worries the anorexic-looking Lisbeth Salander is "the perfect victim for anyone who wished her ill." Salander may look fourteen and stubbornly shun social norms, but she possesses the inner strength of a determined survivor. She sees more than her word processor page in black and white and despises the users and abusers of this world. She won't hesitate to exact her own unique brand of retribution against small-potatoes bullies, sick predators, and corrupt magnates alike.

Financial journalist Carl Mikael Blomkvist has just been convicted of libeling a financier and is facing a fine and three months in jail. Blomkvist, after a Salander-completed background check, is summoned to a meeting with semi-retired industrialist Henrik Vanger whose far-flung but shrinking corporate empire is wholly family owned. Vanger has brooded for 36 years about the fate of his great niece, Harriet. Blomkvist is expected to live for a year on the island where many Vanger family members still reside and where Harriet was last seen. Under the cover story that he is writing a family history, Blomkvist is to investigate which family member might have done away with the teenager.

So, the stage is set. The reader easily guesses early that somehow Blomkvist and Salander will pool their talents to probe the Vanger mystery. However,Swede Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is no humdrum, formulaic whodunit. It is fascinating and very difficult to put down.
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665 of 787 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book of the Year September 13, 2008
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a masterwork of fine craftsmanhip. When I reached the final page I was disappointed that there was no more to read. I did not want the story to end. The characters are too intriguing for this to be the end. Apparently this was the first novel in a trilogy by the brillant writer, Stieg Larsson, who unfortunately died in 2004: the book contains a tribute to him and his career. I cannot wait to read the sequels scheduled for release in the USA in 2009.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an international best seller and is set in Sweden. It takes a little effort to get accustomed to all the Swedish names and places but then the story moves with lightening speed. There are two key plots happening simultaneously. In one, a Swedish financial investigative journalist publishes a libelous attack about a powerful industrialist and is sentenced to jail, fined a ruinous sum, and has his career torn to shreds. Another industrialist, Vanger, hires the journalist to investigate the 36 year old disappearnace of his then 14 year old grand niece. There has been no trace of her in all these years and she is assumed dead. Yet, every year on his birthday, he receives a mysterious gift of a pressed flower, mimicking a gift his missing grandniece used to give him when she lived there. Vanger, an old man, is tormented by the flower gifts, and wants one more chance to find out what happened to her and who killed her. What the journalist uncovers about the Vanger family's hitherto unknown secrets and connections to the Nazis, will have you hanging on the edge of your seat.
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1,507 of 1,862 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cliche-ridden, exposition heavy dud March 21, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I admit it, I am out-of-step with current, popular taste, because I seem to be the one man on earth who thinks that the international bestseller THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is a lousy book. I'm not even sure why I finished reading it. Sonny Mehta, the book's U.S. publisher at Knopf, calls it "deeply ambitious, insightful and fiercely smart," and I am here to tell you it is none of those things.

The book is two-thirds exposition... we're talking hundreds and hundreds of pages of numbingly dull backstory that brackets the one third in the middle where something actually happens. Unfortunately, what happens isn't ambitious, insightful, fiercely smart or even mildly interesting. And it's all written with cliche-ridden prose that is so bad that it's distracting. (that may be the fault of the translator, Reg Keeland, and not the original, Swedish author, Stieg Larsson). Here are some examples:

"I think you are grasping at straws going to Hedestad."

and

"Ricky, that story is dead as a doornail."

and

"You didn't have to be a rocket scientist to see that these events were somehow related. There had to be a skeleton in one of their cupboards."

These are just three examples out of hundreds. And there are also a lot of clumsy descriptions, like this one:

"She looked like an ageing vampire -- still strikingly beautiful but venomous as a snake."

So is she a vampire or a snake? Are vampires venomous? And there are even clunkier sentences, like this one:

"Harald Vanger had gone back to his cave by the time Blomkvist came out. When he turned the corner, he found someone quite else sitting on the porch of the cottage."

Someone quite else??
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4.0 out of 5 stars This was a very intriguing read, however the violence ...
This was a very intriguing read, however the violence can get to be very intense. If swear words offend you, don't read.
Published 1 hour ago by Red Bike Master
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
Love the series! Fast paced, little bit scary, lots of fun to read.
Published 7 hours ago by Rhonda Boshears
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I didn't know what to expect when I began reading this book considering this was typically not my genre but I was completely captivated. I would recommend this book any day.
Published 15 hours ago by Lisa Mendoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Great book with lots of action and intrigue.
Published 20 hours ago by George Strampher
4.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wishing that Stieg Larsson had not died and only written...
This was a disturbingly good book, my daughter asked me to buy it and I started to read it when I finished reading another book. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Nerrelle Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the book. Ended up reading the other two in the series. Good read.
Published 1 day ago by Cheryl I.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A bit of a slow start, but definitely worth reading!
Published 2 days ago by Loren
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Story
I can't wait to read the next book. The author depicted his characters brilliantly. Definitely a must read - both a compelling story and superb writing.
Published 3 days ago by Carly Hopkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Others have said that it was great!
Didn't finish reading. Couldn't keep me interested. Others have said that it was great!
Published 4 days ago by Leslie Coppedge Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Draws you in... Leaves you wanting more.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a wonderfully complex mystery. It starts off just a little slow, but that only draws you into the particulars of the characters and their... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Justa.thought
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Hedeby Island is fictitious like Hedestad (Hedestad = Hede City, Hedeby = Hede Village). Unfortunately both the UK and US publishers did not see fit to include the two maps of the island and its environs that were in the Swedish edition, which make the plot much easier to follow.

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