In this international bestseller, a crusading journalist joins forces with a 24-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker to investigate the whereabouts of a woman missing from one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.
Wealthy young Harriet Vanger disappeared 40 years ago, and Uncle Henrik always thought she was murdered. Now he's drafted a hotshot journalist and a tattooed hacker to investigate. An expert on right-wing extremists, Swedish author Larsson died in 2004. This international best seller arrives here with a 100,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Wildly suspenseful . . . an intelligent, ingeniously plotted, utterly engrossing thriller." --"The Washington Post" "I doubt you will read a better book this year." --Val McDermid "Mesmerizing. . . . Imagine the movies of Ingmar Bergman crossed with Thomas Harris's novel "The Silence of the Lambs."" --"USA Today" "A blazing literary sensation [this] dark-hearted thriller ." . . "is now poised to burn up bestseller lists in America." --"Vanity Fair" "Unique and fascinating. . . . It's like a blast of cold, fresh air to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." --"Chicago Tribune" "A super-smart amalgam of the corporate corruption tale, legal thriller and dysfunctional-family psychological suspense story." --"Fresh Air "(NPR) "As vivid as bloodstains on snow--and a perfect one-volume introduction to the unique strengths of Scandinavian crime fiction." --Lee Child "Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody psychodrama of a Bergman movie with the grisly pyrotechnics of a serial-killer thriller, then add an angry punk heroine and a down-on-his-luck investigative journalist, and you have the ingredients of Stieg Larsson's first novel." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "A whip-smart heroine and a hunky guy who needs "her "help? This sexy, addictive thriller is everything you never knew you could get from a crime novel." --"Glamour" "So much more than a thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a dazzling novel of big ideas. It tackles issues of power, corruption, justice, and innocence-all the while drawing you into the twists and turns of a frighteningly suspenseful mystery." --Harlan Coben "An exceptional effort for a first-time crime novelist. In fact, a fine effort for any crime novelist . . . This book is meticulously plotted, beautifully paced, and features a cast of two indelible sleuths and many juicy suspects." --"Boston Globe" "The book lands in
An extremely well written and enjoyable book. It is a book that one has to read carefully and it does take a little time to get into. However it is well worth reading as the slow pace allows one to read into the characters of the protagonists in some depth. The book is not the wham bam usual type of thriller with a quick build up and equally fast finale, and it is the pace of development and gradual resolution of the plot that give it its unique character. I have ordered the other two books of the trilogy and hope they too live up to the pleasure I got from this one.
I found this book a little hard to get into at the start however it does become hard to put down, i just wanted to keep reading to find out what happened! The book is very detailed which for some people may not be a good thing. The characters are all very interesting and all well developed. I look forward to reading the next two books.
I loved this book- it's fast-paced, interesting, scary (in spots) and the heroine (Lisbeth Salander) is one of the most interesting protagonists I've come across.
If you're looking for an intelligent and interesting read I would recommend this book it's well-written and impossible to put down. Such a shame the author didn't live to see how amazing his work would become.
This is one of my favourite fictions. Larsson writes extremely well and the story is executed perfectly.
Now this is a book I would reccommend with confidence to ANYONE. Even though it is a fiction book, it reads in a journalistic style; factual and detailed. It is a book that requires your attention to pick up the details that make up the story and it's twists and turns.
After reading the triology it was such a disappointment reading other fiction works that weren't by Larsson!
Overall it's a 5 out of 5!
If it wasnt for the movie I would have thought there are other better gripping crime novels. I watched the movie before I had read the book and thought the movie was great so went online and purchased the 3 books in the series. I was expecting the book to be better. For the first time I thought that I liked the movie a little bit more than the book - I got more of a feeling for the 2 main characters in the movie. The book took a lot longer to get into - the second half was much better and I did like the extended version of the ending. There are enough differences betweent he movie and the book that I recommend both. Im now looking forward to starting the second novel but am hoping it doesnt drag on in the beginning like this one.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Something quite different from the usual mystery books I read. Interesting characters and different threads going throughout the book. Have also seen the movie which I enjoyed but it is only loosely based on the book. Enjoyed the book so much more.
After hearing rave reviews from various people I was excited to get this book. It took me a while to get into it and on reflection I think that the writer's gender contributed to this. Some of descriptives were often highly techinical e.g. boating terminology, vehicle makes and models etc but once I got past those it certainly made for gripping reading with unlikely but extremely real, lead characters. The relationships and communications also seemed more masculine. I felt I had been a fly on the wall at a mens club as a story was told.
I bought this series after reading all the amazing reviews it had received. I’ll be honest in saying that I think the reviews given were very generous.
This book is SO detailed that I honestly got a headache from trying to process it in several parts. The first half of the book is almost an introduction to what crime that the book follows. It wasn’t until about chapter 11 (180 pages in) that I became remotely interested in the story line and I will admit then I found the book difficult to put down.
The story goes into detail about rape and sexual abuse of the main character (the chick with the dragon tattoo) and I could not relate with her actions. In several parts I found her contradicting herself and I though it strange?
I appears that I am alone in my negative assessment of this book, which is fine. We all have different tastes, but I want to make it clear that in the end I did enjoy the book but I found it really hard to get into.
If I had not already bought the next two books in the Millennium series, I wouldn’t bother reading them – but alas I have....so I will sit down eventually and read them but I am certainly not in a hurry to do so.
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