- Published: 2008
- Number of pages: 658 pages
- Format: Epub
- File Size: 0.60 MB
- Authors: Stieg Larsson
Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel, the first in Stieg Larsson’s thrilling Millenium series featuring Lisbeth Salander.
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
Review “Wildly suspenseful . . . an intelligent, ingeniously plotted, utterly engrossing thriller.”—The Washington Post“Mesmerizing. . . . Imagine the movies of Ingmar Bergman crossed with Thomas Harris’s novel The Silence of the Lambs.”—USA Today“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 the United States as Wall Street sputters and global markets clench, a timely fit to …
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⭐ When ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ was first released in the United States it seemed to me that anyone with a heartbeat was reading or had read the thing. The 2005 Swedish book was released in 2008 in the United States and I bought a copy but only opened it in 2020. I never saw either the Swedish or American movie versions of the novel. The closest I come to sporting a tattoo are the nascent brown liver spots on my aging body. This book review is from the perspective of a near-sixty-year-old, pasty-white, bald unhip old turnip.The two main protagonists are Mikael Blomkvist, a 42-year-old reporter whose professional reputation has imploded, and Lisbeth Salander, a 24-year-old who’s an understandably troubled gifted computer hacker. The author describes Salander as “an information junkie with a delinquent child’s take on morals and ethics.” She is the most interesting eccentric character in the novel, but the mystery also has a handful of other compelling people. The stories about Blomkvist and Salander move along on independent lines until they meet a little more than half way through the book. Part of what kept me interested was curiosity in how these two unalike people would eventually get together. The mystery revolves around the disappearance of a 17-year-old female named Harriet Vanger which happen nearly forty-years ago. The novel has some unsettling scenes, especially involving sexual assault. Speaking as an American with New England sensibilities, I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing or unique to this Swedish storyline but the characters in the book have a very casual attitude about hooking up with sexual partners. Outside of the sexual assaults the hook-ups are not graphic in detail. There is a healthy dose of profanity in the book. The book also includes two maps and a Vanger family-tree breakdown which were very helpful.At no point did I become bored with ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’ There is also another plot line that is set aside until the conclusion of the mystery. I especially liked how Mr. Larsson includes the difficulties of having to make moral compromises and living with the consequences. It was an engaging mystery with a handful of disturbing scenes. If you find any of the deranged episodes a turn-on, maybe you should look into having a lobotomy. The novel ties up the two main storylines but leaves the social dynamics between Blomkvist and Salander somewhat up in the air in an effort to get the reader to read the next installment ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire.’ I sure will.
⭐ Im an american girl, and I could not get past the swedish names in the book. Every freaking page has so many swedish names, names of people, places etc. Its so annoying to try to read a book and every time you get to a word you dont know how to pronounce you sit there and try to say it in your head. I had to stop and get frustrated on every page and the names werent memorable because I didnt know what the heck they were. sooo i didnt know who was who as was so frustrated i just stopped reading it altogether. This is the first time in my life that I stopped reading a book for that reason. I know i probably sound crazy but I really just couldnt get past it.
⭐ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is mostly boring. The dialog is sometimes stilted. It consists of too many speeches whose primary purpose is to advance the exposition. The lead characters, in the face of an imminent danger, do dumb things. Incredulously, the male lead gets more action than James Bond. Young, middle-aged, and married woman throw themselves at him. Even another male has the hots for him.The young female lead is a loner, who is mad at the world and has a general distrust of men. She is a psychologically damaged person and although it’s never delved into, she may have some form of autism. Her talents as a computer hacker and private investigator so immense that she does not seem like a person operating in real life. Her character would be more appropriate in a story set in a superhero universe.A large portion of the Larrson’s book is about the crooked dealings a Swedish financier. These passages come off as flat because he is never a fully developed as a character. He is more of a bogey man.The main story is about the investigation of the whereabouts of a girl from a wealthy family, who mysteriously disappeared in the 1960s. The plot meanders because it’s bogged down with way too many potential suspects who are mostly from her old-money family. The resolution of this story feels like it should be the ending of the book. However, there are multiple chapters that follow that seem more like an epilogue and are a chore to get through.
⭐ The problem with the books is that they are more about Blomkvist than lisbeth salander. She always comes late in the novels. supposedly she is the main character and therefore she should be an active from the very beginning, which makes the book more about investigation that than action, which wouldn’t be bad if she was more involved.I also find that there is too many characters, in my opinion a lot of unnecessary characters, and their names are so complicated and very much alike That is difficult to follow up, I understand it is a Swedish book but Simplicity is very valuable. I wish both Lisbeth and Blomkvist worked more closely together as it is they barely communicate and is mostly from a few computer frases.As they are the books are very complicated, a little boring and so much is unnecessary.
⭐ While I’ve read the later three books of the Millennium series, I’ve been wanting to read the first three since high school and the first welcomes you into something so twisted. It centers on Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist and publisher of his Millennium magazine and Lisbeth Salander, a punk genius computer hacker. They both become tied together on an investigation that centers on a women, belonging to a wealthy Swedish family, who vanished decades ago. During their investigation, they both tangle with their own personal troubled lives as well as their relationship that might turn into something else. It’s a very different type of mystery that will surely grab your attention, thanks to its two protagonists. While it’s plot has its surprising twists and turns, the moments between Blomkvist and Salander grabbed me the most as riveting. Slithering, sneaky and satisfying. *A (100%/Outstanding)*
⭐ I’m not done reading this book yet, but here’s my feelings so far about it. There are plenty of sweedish words I don’t understand, but I skip over them and can still understand what they are referring to easily. The first 7 chapters are a bit difficult to understand because they are setting the scene for the bigger plot but there are two maps and a family tree included for reference. Once you get to chapter 8 things get interesting and exciting. This book is extremely well written with interesting characters, subplots, and relationships. It has little swearing so far (some big swears) and no blatantly sexual scenes yet. The characters sleep around but that’s to be expected with family intruge and murder. It never goes into detail. It started out as an industrial mystery but quickly turned into more of a domestic mystery which made me happy. I prefer family drama compared to corporate drama. Nazis, drugs, and social services are mentioned along with darker subjects that add grit to the story and believability. I’ll let you know how it goes later on. :)Halfway: I’m through half of the book and I can’t bear to put it down. This is so well written and suspensful. I can’t believe how much I’m enjoying this book. There were some graphic sexual scenes but nothing terribly horrific and it was all necessary to the plot. Anyways, such a good read so far and the plot is picking up fast! Absolutely worth my time and money so far!Finished: I have to say I’m a little torn with this book. I wish the main plot had ended differently. The sub plot was ok but not as interesting. The ending was still really good and wrapped everything up well. The main mystery was scary, thrilling, and serious. I loved reading the entire book and at no point was bored or disinterested. This author truly is amazingly good at writing thrillers.Note: the second and third book SUCK. Too mush blantent sex, lesbian sex, no plot, super slow, too many details, doesn’t feel like this authors writing. The entire beginning doesn’t matter to the rest of the book. I would stop at the first book or the characters will be ruined for you.
⭐ The book, originally written in Swedish under the title Män som hatar kvinnor (lit. ‘Men Who Hate Women’), is a psychological thriller that tells of a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist who is hired by a wealthy businessman named Henrik Vanger to solve the decades-old murder of his niece. The story alternates between Mikael’s point of view and that of Lisbeth Salander, a young, troubled woman who is a ward of the state and also a brilliant freelance researcher and computer hacker. Their stories eventually intertwine as Mikael discovers that Lisbeth has investigated him and dug into his personal life.The book makes a lot of commentary on issues in Sweden, including residual Nazism, violence against women, ethics in journalism, and the question of the extent to which a person’s upbringing affects their responsibility for their actions. I feel like the author succeeded in bringing these issues to the forefront in the novel. At the same time, the novel contains a “locked-room mystery” that is engaging and kept me thinking of the book throughout the day and wanting to read more. The book is rather lengthy, but I never felt like any of it was superfluous. There are some graphic sexual and violent scenes in the book, so if that bothers you, you might want to pass on this one. Otherwise, if you like psychological thrillers and mysteries, this is an extremely well-written, and, as far as I can tell, well-translated novel that I highly recommend.
⭐ The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is an intriguing book title. It’s also an intriguing description of the female protagonist in this story. She is a 24 year old computer hacker with a photographic memory, a screwed up personal life, and a big chip on her shoulder. The male protagonist is a disgraced financial journalist who has been found guilty of libel, and whose business magazine he is part owner of is on the verge of shutting down. The two are hired by the elderly head of a wealthy family to find out what happened to his beloved niece who disappeared 40 years prior.I loved this book in spite of the graphic sadistic violence and the unfamiliar Swedish names and words sprinkled through the book. The plot was suspenseful and kept me interested right to the end. I am definitely looking forward to reading the other two books in the series.
⭐ As others have mentioned this book is slow off the mark; but eventually, maybe 30% of the way in (I’m reading the kindle edition so there are no page numbers), we reach cruising speed at last. Then it comes into its own as a really first-class thriller and the kind of book one doesn’t want to put down. My advice: it pays to persevere!At times, the language of the English translation is a bit too goose-steppingly wooden, but one gets over that in short order.Some readers objected to the author’s including a few menus for snacks enjoyed by the protagonists. For my part, I found that of interest, and have adopted one of them for my own repertoire: marinated herring, sour cream or tadziki and chives, bread, beer. Quick and nutritious. Thanks, Stieg!For truly boring, endless and perfectly irrelevant menu descriptions, one cannot beat the ones saddled upon the reader in the appalling books #4 & 5 of the medieval saga _Game_of_Thrones_ by George R. R. Martin. In comparison, Mr. Larsson is countless light years above that.Happy reading!
⭐ I have to have the Audio books because of my eyes. 80% of them are either cops and robbers or romance novels that lean towards porn. I am thrilled when I find a book that is different! Tremendous story, great characters, and not like anything you have ever read! Better yet, there are 3 of them!! it took me a long time to find this in an Audio Book, but when I did, I bought two! I took one of them down to my public library for their collection. I haven’t seen it on the shelf since I took it there, its that popular! The whole series is! Its a must read!
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