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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium) Mass Market Paperback – Box set, June 23, 2009
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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
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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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First, what a sorrow that Larson died. From my age, he died WAY too young, and selfishly, we'll not have any more of this series. After reading this first one, I immediately downloaded the next two.
His style is clear and crisp with enough suitable metaphors and digressions that advance ones sense of who or what. As long as the book is, there is hardly a word wasted. Don't read Swedish so no idea as to how closely the translation follows the original, but appears to be a very readable rendering.
At the heart of it are the characters, and Larson does an outstanding job of sketching rich portraits in the fewest possible lines. Salander and Blomqvist not easy to like - they both have some rough edges - but each is notable for his or her passion.
Finished this first one and now long to get on with learning more about each of these characters. As to the setting, while not devoid of Swedish culture, one need not be Swedish to feel comfortable with the references and holidays and laws and such.
Overall, by all means, read this book.
I have to say that what impressed me the most about this novel was how place and culture oriented it was. As an American relatively ignorant of Swedish culture and geography, I feel that I was not only stimulated by a very compelling storyline but I was also educated in this unique part of the world; it's geography, politics, history, social policies and culture being so remarkably different from what I am familiar with in America.
Additionally, the main character Lisbeth Salandar is truly one of the most unique and memorable heroines ever devised. One could write a whole book simply examining the psychological profile of this fictional character. What a marvelous achievement.
Steig Larson is a murder mystery mastermind, who will hook you with his story, compel you with his characters and enrapture you in his hauntingly beautifully geographical and cultural environment.
plot gets a little thick at times and it is still relatively easy to follow. A good read. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. You will not
be disappointed. Just abit slow in the beginning and picks up quickly.
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