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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series) Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, November 22, 2011
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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. 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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This is a great story with unusual but credible characters. The best bit is that there are so far another 3 equally good books which follow on from it. The only negative is the Swedish names which can be hard to get ones tongue around and hard to remember. Well worth the effort though.
The novel centers largely upon two individuals, a disgraced investigative journalist, Mikael Blomkvist and a freelance private investigator, Lisbeth Salander (the girl with the dragon tattoo). Blomkvist is hired by an aged, wealthy industrialist, Henrik Vanger, to solve a 40 year old murder mystery involving his completely dysfunctional family. We meet Salander prior to her involvement in the case, which she subsequently joins as Blomkvist's research assistant.
This novel was originally written in Swedish and contains numerous references to Swedish names, places, customs and cultural idiosyncrasies. As such, it can be slightly disconcerting and/or confusing to a foreign audience. The themes of sexual assault, spousal abuse and other forms of violence to women are the primary focus of the novel.
As a murder mystery, this novel is certainly entertaining. The thread involving Salander, I found to be highly captivating and even educational. Not being a huge fan of the genre, it is difficult for me to give a considered opinion upon this book's merit, however the payoff and subsequent dénouement were well conceived and presented. Despite the fact that I will not likely proceed to the second book in the series, I suspect that fans of murder mysteries/suspense novels will gobble up all three.
What keeps it from earning a 5 star review from me?
1) The graphic nature of some of the depictions of violence. Sometimes they served a literary purpose and sometimes they just horrified me.
2) This may be a problem with translating from the Swedish, but I often felt that the dialogue fell a bit flat. But what the novel lacks in witty dialogue, it makes up for in richness and complexity of plot.
I can't wait to pick up the sequel!
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.