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Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781847245458
ISBN-10: 1847245455
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 132mm x 35mm)
Pages: 542
Imprint: Quercus Publishing
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publish Date: 14-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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US Kirkus Review » First U.S. publication for a deceased Swedish author (1954 - 2004); this first of his three novels, a bestseller in Europe, is a labored mystery.It's late 2002. Mikael Blomkvist, reputable Stockholm financial journalist, has just lost a libel case brought by a notoriously devious tycoon. He's looking at a short jail term and the ruin of his magazine, which he owns with his best friend and occasional lover, Erika Berger. The case has brought him to the attention of Henrik Vanger, octogenarian, retired industrialist and head of the vast Vanger clan. Henrik has had a report on him prepared by Lisbeth Salander, the eponymous Girl, a freaky private investigator. The 24-year-old Lisbeth is a brilliant sleuth, and no wonder: She's the best computer hacker in Sweden. Henrik hires Mikael to solve an old mystery, the disappearance of his great-niece Harriet, in 1966. Henrik is sure she was murdered; every year the putative killer tauntingly sends him a pressed flower on his birthday (Harriet's custom). He is equally sure one of the Vangers is the murderer. They're a nasty bunch, Nazis and ne'er-do-wells. There are three story lines here: The future of the magazine, Lisbeth's travails (she has a sexually abusive guardian) and, most important, the Harriet mystery. This means an inordinately long setup. Only at the halfway point is there a small tug of excitement as Mikael breaks the case and enlists Lisbeth's help. The horrors are legion: Rape, incest, torture and serial killings continuing into the present. Mikael is confronted by an excruciating journalistic dilemma, resolved far too swiftly as we return to the magazine and the effort to get the evil tycoon, a major miscalculation on Larsson's part. The tycoon's empire has nothing to do with the theme of violence against women which has linked Lisbeth's story to the Vanger case, and the last 50 pages are inevitably anticlimactic.Juicy melodrama obscured by the intricacies of problem-solving. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Book Review: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - Reviewed by (19 May 2011)

I don't get a great deal of time to read, but I was interested in knowing what all the hype was about with the Millenium Trilogy. After buying my first eReader, I thought that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was an appropriate first novel to read in electronic format. Well, I was captivated sufficiently to read the book in a couple of days, and then buy the remaining two titles in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who kicked the Hornet's Nest. Many literary types would scoff at Stieg Larsson's populist novels, but I found them to be an enjoyable read. There's quite a bit of disturbing stuff in this book (violence, depravity), so steer clear if you don't like that sort of stuff. And after reading these books, I find it absolutely amazing how much coffee Mikael Blomkvist, Lisbeth Salander et al. drink - clearly it's always dark up there in Scandinavia and the people need to be permanently wired on caffeine to stay awake. A good read.


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Stieg Larsson was the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Expo. He was a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist organisations. He died in 2004, soon after delivering the text of the novels that make up the Millennium Trilogy.

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