The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hardback

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Hardback

Part of the Millennium Trilogy series

3.5 out of 5 (10 ratings)


Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family.

There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone in her own family - the deeply dysfunctional Vanger clan. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired to investigate, but when he links Harriet's disappearance to a string of gruesome murders from forty years ago, he needs a competent assistant - and he gets one: computer hacker Lisbeth Salander - a tattoed, truculent, angry girl who rides a motorbike like a Hell's Angel and handles makeshift weapons with the skill born of remorseless rage.

This unlikely pair form a fragile bond as they delve into the sinister past of this island-bound, tightly-knit family.

But the Vangers are a secretive lot, and Mikael and Lisbeth are about to find out just how far they're prepared to go to protect themselves - and each other.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 572 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781847242532



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As The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo opens, disgraced financial reporter and magazine publisher Mikael Blomkvist is found guilty of libel and sentenced to three months in prison. How very civilized Sweden is, though: between the time of his sentencing and his actual serving of the sentence ("why don't you come sometime in the spring?" seems to be the attitude of the court) Blomkvist is able to accept an assignment and then find himself sucked into it despite his initial lack of interest.Blomkvist receives this assignment after obeying a summons to Hedeby, a tiny island in the Gulf of Bothnia in the frigid northern part of Sweden (and here I thought it was all Northern and frigid!). He's been summoned by Henrik Vanger, an octogenarian, very rich former captain of industry who's still got his finger in a number of different pies. The apparent assignment--to write a history of the Vanger family, a large, successful, long-lived, and incredibly unpleasant clan--is actually a cover for the real job, which is to discover, nearly forty years later, what happened to Henrik's 16 year old niece Harriet, who had disappeared from the island without a trace.In a parallel narrative we meet Isabel Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. She's 24, pierced, tattooed, and seemingly utterly anti-social. She works as an investigator for a private security firm, when she feels like it. Salander is uncommunicative, unyielding, and a brilliant investigator. When she is brought together with Mikael Blomkvist the investigation takes off, into surprising territory. From one moment to the next this locked room mystery is transformed into a sex-crimes-and-serial-killers thriller, without missing a beat.And finally, after the ice cold case is solved, in a lengthy denouement, the book is transformed once again, back into the financial thriller it started out to be.In The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo it seems that Stieg Larsson strives to be all things to all mystery readers: he's written a financial thriller inside of a locked room mystery that turns into a serial killer whodunit. What's more, he's done a very neat job of it. There are two more novels by Stieg Larsson that are due to be published in the states over the next couple of years, but then, alas, there will be no more: Larsson died in 2004 after delivering all three manuscripts to his Swedish publisher.

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An unusual book with very strong characters, good story line and good atmosphere.

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As Larsson himself alludes to (tongue-in-cheek), the plot follows the "locked room murder" scenario traditional to the genre. For all that, the story wasn't predictable and the characters are interesting, though the writing (in translation, at least) is a little hackneyed. Not sure if the translator, Keeland, conveyed Larsson's own prose, or if it's a question of the translation itself.I enjoyed the book for other reasons, though, making it a worthwhile read overall.Larsson includes many (if offhand) references to Swedish culture and placenames, and it was fun to pick up a little something about living in Stockholm and smaller communities. They drink a lot of coffee, these Swedes, and I found myself pouting when I didn't have a cup at my elbow.I loved how many times the dialogue used nautical metaphors. I assume this is reflective of Swedish speakers generally, and not a habit of Larsson's. It wasn't limited to a particular character, so I took it as a cultural norm.

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It seemed to take a while to get going with the girl with the DT only really coming into the main story half way theough the book. But a good storyline, a few twists and it was a page turner.

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This was slo9w to start but once I got into it it was fantastic!

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