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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 of the Millennium Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

Stieg Larsson , Reg Keeland
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,815 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.


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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

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.)
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  • File Size: 842 KB
  • Print Length: 658 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307455351
  • Publisher: Vintage (September 16, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0015DROBO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2,485 of 2,691 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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1,502 of 1,855 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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Published 1 day ago by LynnDee H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
lt may have started off slow, but once you're past the first 100 pages or so, you won't be able to put it down!
Published 1 day ago by Stacie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read with some annoyances
A good read. I enjoyed it for the most part. There was a part where I wished the story would move forward - a lot of effort took place and for a while, ended in nothing and that... Read more
Published 2 days ago by august1229
1.0 out of 5 stars Really disliked this book!
Let me start by saying I LOVE to read! I had a friend that let me borrow this book after I had purchased it for my Kindle, as I can only read actual books at work (I can't use... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Erin
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
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Published 2 days ago by Henry L. Johns
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of its wide acclaim
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was an amazing book that I absolutely *devoured* as I was reading it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by athenany
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the suspence
I loved the suspence. Lisbeth is such a hard person to read. She has a secret that makes me want to read on. I couldn't put the book down. A must read.
Published 3 days ago by Marilyn Byrd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters, and the character development. The story moved quickly, but did not sacrifice any interest to do so. Read more
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Published 4 days ago by William C. Quincy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not living up to the hype.
This book is frequently described as a 'page-turner', and it kind of is for a long portion of it. But that portion is too long in coming. Read more
Published 4 days ago by James B.
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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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Do you think the title "Men Who Hate Women" is meant to apply to...
I'm married to a man with Asperger Syndrome, and my son also has it, and I can definitively answer that Salander meets the criteria :) Her obsessiveness, her inability to connect to others, and even her savant abilities can all be part of it.
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Geography of book?
Hi RP,

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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Did you end up liking Mikael? Blomkvist?
Re: DRAGON TATTOO, he may end up with a number of women, but are any 'taken advantage of?' I don't really get that sense. When Cecelia (if memory serves on the name) tells him to get lost, he does just that. He gives Lizbeth all the space she needs, which she finds very attractive--and it... Read More
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