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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series) Paperback – 2015
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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 an alternate Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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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s job. There were multiple characters and he did a great job of doing the different voices. This book starts out at a painfully slow pace and I almost abandoned it all together. The story picks up towards the middle when the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo actually joins the action. It is a good story with lots of fun plot twists, but it is unnecessarily drawn out. It felt like the author had a large word count to accomplish, so he put in all kinds of filler. All in all, it was a good story that I'm glad I read.
You have heard of this book from watching one or both of the movies that have sprung from it, but do yourself a favor: take the time to read through this one. It is a fantastic story involving a complex mystery and engaging real-world characters. The overarching theme though is the spotlight that the author, Stieg Larsson, places on Swedish culture's egregious acceptance of violence against women. Lisbeth Salander is the tattooed girl referred to in the book's title. She is an orphan, a ward of the state, a hacker with a photographic memory who works for a private investigation firm, and a young woman who refuses to be a victim. She is an amazing character, a real woman with strengths and flaws but who can be held up to us all as an example to admire and to aspire to in regard to her drive, intelligence, and agency. It is written well, despite being translated into English from Swedish, and because the hacking described within is not exaggerated and could actually work, it is worthy of consideration for the cyber security canon. You should have read this by now.
I found the book was no in part dull and drag and there was no need to skimming through the pages. All the description is just fit which made the characters/novel more realistic. The plot was not hard to follow with the family tree diagram I printed out from the internet.
All in all, I am very satisfy with both the movie (watched several times) and the book (finished reading in a few days) so I urge myself to give this very first review with love and passion.
Lisbeth Salander is one of the most unique characters in fiction. She has been victimized since childhood but refuses to play the role of a victim. She is the perfect foil of the protagonist Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist hired to look into the disappearance of a young woman 30-some years before. Salander is a Goth, a loner, a hacker, and a supremely talented researcher. Blomkvist takes her on as his research assistant when the job he is hired for starts to get complicated and dangerous.
This is a long book (over 650 pages) and a wild ride. You will be glad it is that long as you don't want it to be over once you've started it. I can't recall a modern work of fiction I have enjoyed more than the Millennium Trilogy. All 2000 pages of it. However, this book works fine as a stand-alone novel. There are no loose ends at the end.