The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book One Of The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg LarssonThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book One Of The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book One Of The Millennium Trilogy

byStieg Larsson

Mass Market Paperback | June 23, 2009

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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 from her own deeply dysfunctional family. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate, but he quickly finds himself in over his head. He hires a competent assistant: the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist Lisbeth Salander, and the two 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.
Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Expo from 1999, and had previously worked at a major news agency for many years. He was one of the world’s leading experts on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist and Nazi organisations, and he was often consulted on that account. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedl...
Title:The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book One Of The Millennium TrilogyFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:864 pages, 7.53 × 4.25 × 1.93 inPublished:June 23, 2009Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Series Love this book! Slow start so dont stop reading it!
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's okay a lot of hype for the book but it was just okay. the other two are better
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read So well written, enthralling, really grips you. SO disappointing that the author died before finishing the series #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A hard read, but a must read The first book of the MIllenium series, a must read
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from meh the mystery is not engrossing
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but.... For once, I think the cinematic adaptation (the Swedish one mind you) was better. The rhythm of the film feels more like a thriller. The book's rhythm is a little difficult....
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good series Can be a bit slow at times but in general a great series
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Awesome story and characters
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could not put this down It kept me on the edge of my seat.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great deal for 3 books I bought this trio in stores right after Christmas and got all 3 hardcover books for $15 rather than just one book for $22. Great deal and very interesting read
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I love this series, this book was the best and I love Lisbeth. In one word, Amazing!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what I was hoping for I had heard so many great things about this book and the series and was seriously disappointed. I never got past the first few chapters! I tried multiple times, I just couldn't follow it, it was so hard to read.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo I'll admit this book didn't live up to the hype, but it was still pretty good. Very long and took a while for me to get through, but the characters each had an interesting back story.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Enjoyed reading this book. Thriller and suspense. Cant wait for the second book.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just plain bad Oh, please. What starts out as a great premise leads to a big bunch of nothing that is like a tangled ball of wool - it takes a long time to untangle and in the end you can make anything out of it.
Date published: 2013-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent, not the best I was not blown away by this novel. It is certainly not bad, and the pages keep turning because you want to see the resolution of mystery. The title of the book is alluring, sounds very edgy. However, this title is a bit misleading since Lisbeth who the girl with the dragon tattoo shares maybe less than half of the book with the character Mikael Blomkvist. In any event, Lisbeth is a interesting, enjoyable character. I can't get enough of books with a smart, tough-as-nails leading female protagonist (i.e., Tris from the novel Divergent). As for the other main character Mikael Blomkvist, I enjoyed learning about how a investigative journalist thinks and about a journalist's professional codes. I was impressed in certain parts, such as when he tracks down a woman from a photograph taken in the 60s. Similarly, the ways Lisbeth sees patterns and uses photographic memory to piece together relevant newspaper clippings is fascinating. Parts of the book I found a bit too disturbing for my taste, with scenes of incest and sexual violence. This is my first novel that I have read from a Swedish author, and the cultural aspect of the characters names and settings was refreshing. This book reminds me of the movie the TV show Criminal Minds (excellent show), the movie the Changeling with Angelina Jolie (pretty good movie). It also remind me of the books Da Vinci Code (So-So book) and John Grisham novels (excellent). SPOILER At the end, I did not understand how exactly how the Wennerstrom character operated his "mafia" organization. This aspect was not explained clearly enough for me and was not believable for me. I did not believe how nearly all the woman Mikael Blomkvist befriends want to sleep with him and end up falling in love with him. I do not see his attraction/desirability, so it was not believable.
Date published: 2013-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from look i ordered the mass market paperback version of this book online and when i got it, it was very tall and narrow, i didnt like it so i returned it and got a normal sized version. i have yet to read this book but im really excited to
Date published: 2013-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad I Read It After a long time of having people ask if I had read this novel and hearing everyone talk about it i supppose I finally gave in to the buzz and borrowed it from a friend who had started it but not been able to get into it. The final decision to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came after watching the movie. The book is a quick-paced mostly easy read and at times I felt like I was just flying through the pages. Really good mystery, quite a few characters to get a handle on but the Vanger family tree at the beginning of the book is certainly helpful. I did feel that the story ran on a bit towards the end after the mystery of Harriet Vanger had been solved, i found once that part of the story was concluded I was mostly done with the book. Definately worth the read and the movie is worth a watch.
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Read Although slightly confusing at first due to the vast amount of characters being introduced and dense storyline, I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy thrilling suspense and mystery novels. Due to the fast paced read and extremely well drawn characters all of which are forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives, it adds a constant sense of intrigue and attachment to every chapter. The constant plot twists also make for excellent cliff hangers nearing the end of almost each chapter. Personally, one of the best books I have had the pleasure to read.
Date published: 2012-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Millennium #1 I think I must be one of the last people to read this series…but there, now I’ve gone and joined the masses. "Men Who Hate Women" is the original title. Aptly titled as there is a lot of violence against both women and children in this book. Despite that, I enjoyed this book. The violence is not over the top and is essential to the plot. It’s a good, solid mystery with strong characters who are well developed. I was warned that the first part of the book moved along a bit slowly but didn't find that this was accurate...I zipped through this book as fast as I could. Am now tangled up in the second book in the series. Entirely engrossing and another great example of why I love European mysteries so much.
Date published: 2012-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fantastic Truly the best "locked door" mystery I've ever read. I couldn't put the book down and it kept me guessing until the last page.
Date published: 2012-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is there a Books Anonymous? I was hooked. Couldn't put the book down. The first 80-100 pages were a little difficult to understand. The names of the characters and places. Once I kept reading I was sucked right in. Finished the book on the beach in the Dominican. As soon as I got back I rushed out to get the second of the trilogy.
Date published: 2012-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to solve the decades-old murder of Harriet Vanger, member of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden. Aided by a tattooed, antisocial hacker named Lisabeth Salander, Blomkvist unearths horrible skeletons lurking in the Vanger family closet... For a few years now, I've been avoiding The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Since so many people told me I just had to read it, many of them non-readers, I assumed it was a lot of over-hyped, dumbed-down crap. Well, I may have been wrong. All hype aside, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a damn good book and I feel it goes beyond just being a mystery.
Date published: 2012-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but Disturbing This book is fast paced and certainly holds your attention but some of the content is gruesome. It took a few unexpected twists that I could have lived without.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing. An intelligent, shocking novel about the margins of society. The author manages to create a story of an intriguing, original character, depicting her battles on a backdrop of Sweden's economic and legal system. This daring novel depicts the society as a whole - with all the dirty alleys and hidden crannies and people that live in the shadows. But most of all, it shows a different side to humanity - the side that most people seek to conceal. This novel deals with the worst sort of people - rapists, murderers, and thieves. And it forces us to care (when we hear about a crime, don't we all think, "Well, thank goodness that didn't happen to me" and move on?) because these people are hurting a character we care about. Even when I put this book down, it stayed nagging at the back of my mind. How could it not? The disturbing things happening in every civilized society were exposed and shoved in my face. But that doesn't exactly pull people in. The one thing holding us to this book is Lisbeth Salander. She is not a typical, hurt girl, hiding behind her piercings, tattoos, and bad attitude. And that is why so many people fell in love with this series. Lisbeth is extremely intelligent, brave and determined. She doesn't conform to society in any way. Even her sexual orientation - it doesn't matter to her, she refuses to be labeled. Most importantly, Lisbeth doesn't give up no matter how much the society is trying to pull her down. She perseveres - over and over again. But at the same time, she is real. She is three dimensional and honest and hurt and that makes her so appealing. She does make mistakes; she cries; she gets hurt. Everyone could relate to that. She is truly an inspiring character, one of the greatest to be ever created in modern literature. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is open minded enough and who is willing to get through a hundred boring pages of descriptions of Sweden's economy. I guarantee, this book will change the way you think about the world.
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The first novel in English that I read This book is the first novel in English that I read and I loved it. After two chapters the story keep you until you finish the book. I really enjoyed reading this book. I cannot wait to start reading the second book.
Date published: 2011-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo A good entertaining book that keeps you guessing and wanting more. Although I didn't find it as amazing as everyone has told me it was.
Date published: 2011-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best mystery This book is so not predictable. It keeps you guessing. And it contains one of the best characters of all time. Once you start you can't put it down.
Date published: 2011-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This was a great winter time read, I couldn't put it down after I passed the two first chapters, I am on my way to finishing the second book! Love this author's style of writting.
Date published: 2011-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this book. I really liked this book, but have to admit that it took me a while to get into it. I struggled to keep the characters straight, but at the mid-way point of the book, I literally couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from catching title Fast read, totally enjoyable
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book like no other Loved, loved, loved this trilogy! Sleepless nights just trying to finish this trilogy. Can't find any other of this calibre, except of course R. Ludlum's Bourne series. A very unique story and a formidable protagonist. Wish there were more books like these!
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Enjoys this. Kept my attention. Good character development. I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
Date published: 2011-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An addictive read! Stieg Larsson has an amazing ability to captivate you almost immediately. Not my usual genre, however I found it terribly hard to put down (and have yet to find someone to disagree with me). A must read for sure!!
Date published: 2011-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had a hard time putting this one down! This was a great read. A little frightening at times though.
Date published: 2011-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!!! This is the first book of the popular Girl with the dragon tattoo series. It's a bit slow in the beginning, introduction of all the characters and the storyline, but after about 200 pages it gets really good. It's a good story and I highly recommend it. The series is truly a fast-paced and fun read, so it's well worth getting through the slow beginning.
Date published: 2011-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Confusing at Times After numerous people recommended this novel, I decided to read it. I found that it was rather difficult to get into the story but after the first 200 pages it became easier because of the growing mysterious plot line . At times it was difficult to keep track of the different story lines and characters, so it is a slower read at times. Also because the book orgininated Sweden, the vocabulary was a bit hard to understand. Once I managed to get involved in the book I could not put it down. It is a very intelligently written book, and I can not wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2011-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! In the book the girl with the dragon tattoo, a two storied novel that nicely binds and meshes into one, when Mikeal Blomkvist writer for the magazine millennium meets up with Lisbeth Salander to solve the mysterious disappearance of Harriet Vanger who disappeared when she was 16. Her dear uncle Henrik Vanger loved her dearly, although they were in a big dysfunctional family with many dark corners henrik and harriet were still very close untill that one day she went missing. Mikeal was sentence to pay Hans Erik Wennerstrom 150,000 kronor for accusing him for business scandals’ etc, Mikeal was convicted on 6 of 8 accounts and therefore was sentences to 3 months prison. Lisbeth on the other hand practically 4ft nothing young adult at the age of 24 jet black hair, multiple piercings and tattoos. The book compared to the movie the movie did not meet my expectations in character aspect, but character traits and personalities were dead on, the person playing Lisbeth was everything i expect for she was a little tall although the movie was amazing. The book on the other hand was also amazing i believe it was way better than the director’s version of the movie in my head it played perfectly in order and kept scenes but in the movie i think there was way too many cut out scenes that have been cut out like from the book when Lisbeth is standing in front a door in disguise and a women looks at her as if she seen her before, then Lisbeth paces back and forth in front of the door and sees a person punch in the code 1260 she walks in she sees a Milton security cam ignores it because she knows they only work when the alarm is set. She walks up the stairs sees another door uses the same code it opens and mutters to herself, sloppy, very sloppy. I like that because it is the being of when she shows how slick and smart she is dressing up and breaking in, that is just the beginning of her smarts and slickness
Date published: 2011-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strength in women What a great character Lisbeth is. Strong, centered as to who she is, capable, independent. Very detailed are these books, but so exciting that I was actually having trouble reading other, lighter books afterwards. Have passed on the Trilogy to other friends and family members, who too are caught up in action. Excellent books.
Date published: 2011-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I should have followed my instincts and passed on reading this overly long book. It definitely would be a better book if it was shorter; so much of it seems repetitive and tedious. The only character I slightly like is Salander. She is a quirky girl who is deeply scarred by life and lives on the edge. She was the only reason I finished reading the book. Unfortunately I bought the whole set of three and will most likely let the other two sit on my shelf and get dusty. Though I have read that the second book is better than the first and there is more Salander in it.
Date published: 2010-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Very Good...Worth your Time" I had start the first one in the spring and now finished the entire trilogy. This one is my FAVE!!! it was the best and most interesting. I recommended this book to my coworker and she loved it. Great characters and twists. Although I figured out the ending. As all the other reviews have stated you will love Salander. The entire series does very in depth on what they wear, eat, buy and see. Very descriptive. I recommend this book to everyone. You don't have to read the 2nd and 3rd to be full satisfied with this novel. To be staisfied with the trilogy and characters you will want to read the entire series.
Date published: 2010-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful trilogy! I am now reading the third book in Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy and loving every word. The books are big which I like, an interesting story which continues from one book to the next, great characters. I can't put the book(s) down. Just a wonderful read! My Christmas present to myself and for once all the talk about these books is true - they are really good.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good Winter Read This is a really good book. It keeps you entertained from beginning to end. The reason I recommend it for winter is because it's about the size of a dictionary. Well worth the read though.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An exciting, suspenseful pageturner After hearing so much about this book I was very curious to see whether it would live up to my expectations! Although I had heard great reviews, I had also heard that it began slowly and was graphic to the extreme. Now, having read the book, I can confirm that there is truth to what has been said about the graphic scenes. Yes, the book is extremely graphic - I was shocked, actually, by some of what I read. If you are easily disturbed by violence, you might have trouble reading certain sections of the novel. And while I didn't find the beginning of the novel too slow, I did have trouble understanding some of the references to the worlds of business and journalism. That being said, those minor issues did not detract very significantly from my enjoyment of the book over all. I found it to be exciting, suspenseful, fast-paced ... similar to the Da Vinci code in many ways, actually. Don't let the size of the book daunt you - once you start reading you will find it hard to stop (trust me, I know from several nights of staying up into the wee hours of the morning!). The plot was intriguing and had me totally absorbed in guessing what would happen next, trying desperately to piece together what had happened to Harriet Vanger right along with Blomkvist and Salander. But best of all, in my opinion, were the characters. Michael Blomkvist is a great protagonist, stubborn and determined to tackle any challenge he faces, and Lisbeth Salander ... well, I will just say that you will fall in love with this feisty heroine! All in all, a great read, and one that I would definitely recommend to any mature reader.
Date published: 2010-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 2 out of 3 aint bad... While the storyline has a Dan Brown feel to it, the prose is obviously lacking. Even translated, it is clear that Larsson is a non-fiction writer as the novel is weighed down by information. If you are looking for an adequately entertaining read and are curious about the hype, read this book. That being said, the second and third books of the Millennium trilogy take on a more developed voice with multi-dimensional character development. Reading this book is not prerequisite to understanding the next two, so if you had the choice of skipping this book or not, skip it.
Date published: 2010-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Trendy great read Well I finally finished the book! shewf!! I'm so glad I read the reviews because one of the reviewers warned that it starts off maddeningly slowly for the first third of the book building the foundation for the plot and they weren't joking! If it wasn't for that forewarning I would have given up. But after that things finally get going and the action begins. It kept me enthralled until the end. Though it's a great read I'm surprised at all the fuss on the book. I guess I shouldn't be so surprised as it appeals to our worldly cultural trends and obsessions of the moment, quirky fringe outsider main character (of which I myself can identify with being fringe—I'm certainly not an insider— though not quite like Salander), finance and sexual crimes, etc. After this, before I read the next in the series I need to refresh and air out my brain with something softer, gentler, kinder. Perhaps Louise Penny mysteries or The Sunday Philosophy Club or The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency or The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie or An Irish Country Doctor or Jan Karon's latest. Oh, the skies the limit!
Date published: 2010-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I liked it - it was a great read. Light and intriguing.
Date published: 2010-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Believe the hype! I picked this book up largely due to its continued best seller status, because of the hype, and because Daniel Craig has been cast in the leading role (a guilty pleasure!). The book was a very pleasant suprise. I thoroughly enjoyed the content, writing style and characters. The book was a page turner, beginning to end, and left me craving the sequel(s). Believe the hype and enjoy ~ this is one not to be missed!
Date published: 2010-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very captivating Book1 in the “Millennium” trilogy The late Stieg Larsson deserves all the accolades and rewards posthumously bestowed upon him for writing such an engaging and engrossing novel. In my humble opinion it is a literary accomplishment that brought hours of enjoyment and definitely lived up to its hype. Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering and her body was never found. Her beloved uncle, the powerful industrialist Henrik Vager, is convinced that she has been killed by a member of his dysfunctional family. In an attempt to prove his suspicions, he hires the disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, a tattooed computer hacker, with major issues of her own, to investigate. In their search, the pair discover that Harriet’s disappearance may be linked to other grotesque murders and that the Vanger clan will go to any means to keep their dark and appalling family secrets hidden…. The first part of the novel is dedicated to the characters and setting of the two main plots, some may find this tactic to be long and dragging but I found it to be a useful progress to understanding where the mystery was leading. The first plot evolves around Harriet Vanger disappearance and in the second the reader is plunged into a financial intrigue involving the head of a Swedish corporation. The players are a cast of misfits brilliantly realised to be despicable and lacking ethical fortitude, some are asocial and smart, others complex and sympathetic and some are dramatic or totally disturbing. The character development is outstanding and the plots are so intense I found myself deeply engaged. This is a striking novel full of passion written with a prose that is bright and functional. I enjoyed this novel immensely and highly recommend it.
Date published: 2010-10-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't buy the hype; I'm not finishing the series. I bought this book because it seems like everybody and their grandmother has read it and wanted to see what it was all about. And now that I've finished, I don't know what everybody is in love with. Yes, the first few chapters are extremely slow. But I pushed through. I admit, once it got to the heart of the novel, once Mikael starting working on the case, I was really into it. I kept trying to figure out who it was and what happened to Harriet and was excited to see where it all went. Once the actual killer is discovered, the book is ruined. It loses whatever spark it originally had. It was such a disappointment. And then, it keeps going. The last few chapters are just as boring as the first few, but these are even less unnecessary. As well, I completely don't get this obsession with Lisbeth Salander. How anyone can stand to read more than one book with her as a character, it boggles the mind. She's not interesting. She's not likable. She's Larsson's attempt at making someone other than a stock love-interest, like all his other female characters, but even she falls for Mikael. I cringed every time I had to read a scene with her in it. I won't be reading any more of the Millennium trilogy.
Date published: 2010-09-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from so anti-climactic! The first 65 pages were boring as I was told by others that they would be. I got through them to start enjoying the book finally and then the ending made me think, "really? that's it?" Also, the last 100 pages or so were boring all over again.
Date published: 2010-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too much hype Average read with solid suspense but found ending "washy"
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from sllloooow but worth it When I first started reading this book I didn't understand what the big deal was. It was the slowest book I've ever read in my life filled with business and legal jargon as well as cultural jokes and terms that aren't easy to figure out. I had almost given up hope thinking everyone just wanted to appear smart by reading it when it finally hit me like a train. It takes more than 2/3 of the book before it finally takes off with the plot and is more than just observations and jargon. When it does take off it really does take off however. There are a few plot points that are quite disturbing and unexpected. Overall it was worth trudging through. The last bit of the book was fantastic and the next book in the series is REALLY GOOD so you need to read this one to understand it. It's mostly boring, but stick with it because it will be worth it.
Date published: 2010-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Most Compelling Book I've Read This is one of my favourite books of all time. The Millenium trilogy is an excellent work and Larsson is to be commended for his imagination, character development, and exhilarating plot! Once you get past the endless number of characters you will not be able to put the book down and will most likely end up reading the entire series in a short period of time. Honestly, I can't say enough about this book and this series. If you are at all hesitant, give it a try. The movie cannot do the book justice and once you have read it, you will be recommending it to all your friends.
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down A very dry writing style. I wasn't sure that the story could be sustained through such a long novel, but once I started, I couldn't put it down. I see now, what all the fuss is about. They are very different books than what is out there. Steig Larsson and his translator write in a style, which makes you feel as though you were present for many of these events -- Doesn't endear the reader to Sweden, though.
Date published: 2010-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives up to the hype A really good read; once you get past the Swedish names and places. This is fast paced book with characters who you come to love despite their many flaws. I couldn't put it down. If you like fast paced mysteries, you'll really enjoy this.
Date published: 2010-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't Live Up to the Hype! I'm not gonna lie - it was a task just to get to the 100 "thrilling" pages of the book. I think without Larsson here to help with the editing, they left quite a bit more in the final publication than they needed to. However, the translation was really well done - English audiences would forget they were reading something originally written in Sweden.
Date published: 2010-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! The first couple chapters are quite slow, but after those chapters things pick up and never stop. What made this book for me so interesting was how descriptive Stieg Larsson is with his plot and characters. I couldn't put it down. After hearing so much about this series, I was not disappointed. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2010-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INCREDIBLE I have to tell you the beginning was a little dry. But about 6 chapters in I couldn't put it down. I am incredibly impressed with this book. I have also read the second and it is just as good. Ending was not so hot but, hopefully the third will be great. Let's hope the family decides to publish the 4th...Can't WAIT!!
Date published: 2010-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keep reading... You won't be disapointed! I have to agree with the previous reviews, It took me a while to get into this book but once the financial introduction was over... I LOVED IT! I can't wait to read the rest of thr trilogy!
Date published: 2010-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great mystery!! When I first started reading the book the first few chapters are on the financial situation in Sweden,personally quite boring.But once you get through that part the book just keeps getting better. At the end I never suspected the plot twist. Great summer read!!!
Date published: 2010-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent suspense I really enjoyed it. It was a quick read, despite its about 800 pages. The action does not stop, and I liked the characters.
Date published: 2010-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Unfortunately, I wasn't wowed by this book in the way that I hoped I would be. I had heard many raving reviews of it, and decided it *must* be a page-turner, so I took it with me when I sat on jury duty for one week. I had lots of people tell me they read it in days. I wasn't quite as enamoured with it, and ended up taking about 4 weeks to finish it. Mind you, the story is very interesting, and I did find myself trying to "solve" it as I went along. Maybe it was just a result of over-hype, but I just didn't see what all the excitement is about. I'm not in a rush to read the next two.... but I am sure I will!
Date published: 2010-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read that sputtered at the end My title says it all. The first 150 pages are background info on the main characters, and you get to see their flaws as much as their strengths. The fictional characters in this book are "real" people with (sometimes) unusual problems in their lives. The plot picks up as the lives of these characters begins to intertwine into a labyrinth of deception, betrayal and violence. To make things more exciting, the author strings us along at a leisurely pace which helps to create the growing tension on every page. Finally, at what I consider the climax of the book, you are "wowed" at the surprise turn the plot takes, and the novels ends with a satisfying conclusion. But wait. It doesn't. Larsson goes back to an earlier story thread, and spends the last hundred pages of the book making all the ends meet. While I get what he is doing, Larsson drags it on longer than necessary, and I skipped the last few pages of the book as it truly came to its close. Otherwise, a great read.
Date published: 2010-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot Put Down A very well written book that develops off-beat characters that you actually care about. The pace is quick, but the full story unwinds in a deliciously slow fashion. Both protagonists are flawed, but interesting and the author leaves you always wanting more. Every time you think you have the story figured out there is another twist that leaves you gasping for more details.
Date published: 2010-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mystery This is a great book. This is my first mystery novel and what a great one to start off with. Stieg Larsson managed to involve so many characters and keep the reader not only interested but also on track with the story. With such a great number of people, places and scenarios a person would think the story would get a little confusing or bogged down. But no. Larsson constructed the story in such a way as to make every chapter interesting plus keep everything in order. The character development is first rate too. What a great novel. It's sad this great author passed away after writing his three novels. Who knows what other good books he could of written. The Literary world has lost a very good writer.
Date published: 2010-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Mystery-Suspense, 4 Stars out of 5! Mikael Blomkvist, early forties, a finacial journalist and part onwer of the magazine, Millennium, has just been convicted of libel against industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerstrom. He'd rather take the conviction and jail sentence than fork over the name of his source. To protect the magazine, he steps down. Lisbeth Salander, 24, has been a ward of the state since the age of thirteen. Under a guardian, her life is pretty much topsy-turvy. While a brilliant hacker with a photographic memory, she is emotionally shut down. Questions asked that she doesn't want to answer remain unanswered; she clams up. No one really knows her, and she's keeping it that way. Industrialist Henrik Vanger followed the trial, and had his lawyer hire a security firm to check into Mikael. He wants to hire him. Back in 1966, Vanger's niece, Harriet, disappeared without a trace and is feared dead. Obsessed, Vanger wants his niece, or her killer, found. Every year, since her disappearance, on his birthday, he receives a pressed and framed flower, just like Harriet used to give him. He believes he's being tormented, and he wants answers. Adding incentive, he promises Mikael dirt against Winnerstrom. Very reluctantly, Mikael agrees to a one-year contract, on the premise of ghostwriting Vanger's autobiography, which would help open doors to questions he needs answered. The Vanger family is very extensive, with several oddballs in the bunch. It takes a while to sort through who's who, and in the meantime, Mikael is going through every stitch of paper, every photograph, that was put together on Harriet, right down to police reports. He believes he's on a wild goose-chase, believing that, if the police weren't able to find anything, than neither would he. How very wrong he was. With bits of information, and old pictures found and located, Mikael begins piecing what happened to Harriet together. Later, with the help of Salander and her photographic memory and her computer skills, they break the case. Only, it's much worse than anyone could have imagined. And with a sweet added bonus to end the novel, and again, with the help of Salander, Mikael blows Winnerstrom and his illegal activities right out of the water. **A lengthy mystery with a happy ending... for some of the characters. Right from the beginning, I had a hard time with the relationship between Mikael and his partner, Erika. I could understand the long-time friendship, and I could understand the partnership with the magazine, but I really didn't understand their sexual relationship. His marriage fell apart because he couldn't stop sleeping with Erika, even though he loved his wife and daughter. She's married, and yet her husband is completely okay with it. Now, I'm happily married (10 years this July 1st and have been with my husband for 15 years), so maybe that's why I don't understand that aspect of their relationship? *shrug* Who knows? Despite her emotional hang-ups, I admired Lisbeth and wish I had her courage. She doesn't take anything lying down, and plots her revenges meticulously. She's brilliant in her strategies, a genius hacker who will find whatever it is you're trying to hide. I liked how Mikael treated Salander right from the beginning, never pushing for information she didn't want to give, but he explained the terms of what a true friendship is, and gave Salander the right to choose for herself if she was willing to accept Mikael's friendship. While I found the book slow-paced for about the first-half of the book (of 841 pages, that is a long first-half), I could understand that the author was setting up all the characters so that, like Mikael, you can fgure out who's who. It was needed, even though it was frustratingly slow. But by the second-half, the mystery, the action, the danger, started heating up, and I was actually surprised at who the "bad guy" was. I had my ideas on someone else, until information that Mikael and especially Lisbeth unearthed. I rooted for them both, was just as creeped out, just as fearful, just as disgusted as they were. Lisbeth ends up having to really examine her emotions, something she never did, and just when she "man's-up" and decides to lay it all out on the table for Mikael, at the very end of the last chapter, my heart broke for Lisbeth. I won't say what and spoil it for those who haven't read it yet. I'll simply state: Go get this book! It's a must-read!
Date published: 2010-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic Larsson has come up with a classic. A really super story with two major threads. A cold case within the family saga of the Vanger family along with a corporate financial crime of major significance. The two, although not related are well threaded throughout the story. Inspite of the fact that one of the main characters, Salander is not introduced until mid "book" does not take from the story. In the end it is not clear in my mind whether Salander pirated the accounts of Wennerstrom or not, however I highly recommend reading the entire series.
Date published: 2010-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good After the first few chapters, I wanted to give up on this book but I'm glad I didn't. After half way through, I couldn't put it down. Great suspense and mystery.
Date published: 2010-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful Who Dunnit This book has been all the rage lately, and I can see why. Normally I am not into suspense or mystery books, but this one was able to catch my interest and keep me going through most of the book. Most of the characters are well developed, especially the main female Lisbeth Salander. A troubled and troubling young woman, Lisbeth is the top PI for a security firm with a photographic memory and her own moral compass. We see her evolve through the book, through both mundane and traumatic events, from a sullen young woman who is a veritable social outcast with no care for the rules or conventions of polite society into a woman who might be capable of redemption. The premise is that a disgraced financial reporter is called upon by an aging, wealthy business tycoon to look into the dissapearance and supposed murder of his neice over a decade ago. We follow the reporter Mickal for one year of his life as he looks into the past and trys to discover what happened to the young woman Harriet, and he makes some pretty gruesome discoveries about the family along the way while he befriends the young Lisbeth. Lisbeth was the best thing about this book for me though. I just love her character. Incredibly well written, its the type of book where even though you've hit a stale point story wise, the imagery and the writing style sustain you until the story picks up again. All in all a great read.
Date published: 2010-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really wanted to like this more... I really wanted to like this book, for several reasons. First, the protagonist (a lefty journalist) resonated with me. Second, the idea that people in droves are reading a real novel (as opposed to the literary mashups and "revisionist" tales of classic authors that are clogging up the shelves) is exciting. But while I admit it's a page turner, there's a lot lacking in the book. It's usually a bad idea to see the movie version of a book before reading it, but I had a free pass to see the movie of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo before I had even started the book. While I was impressed with the movie ("enjoyed" is not quite the right word for a movie filled with so much brutality), seeing it first really illustrated what I found lacking in the novel. To start with, the movie whittles down the book to the core of the story, without the endless amount of exposition Stieg Larsson put in the novel. I don't want to speak ill of the dead, but the novel could have really used a judicious editor who would rein in Larsson, a former journalist with a tendency to tell (and tell, and tell...) rather than show. This is especialy true of Larsson's politics, with which I mostly agree but find are recounted endlesly at the expense of the story. (It takes until the halfway point of the 800-plus pages in the paperback edition before the protagonists actually meet!) What really becomes apparent when reading the novel after seing the movie, is the unbelievability of the protagonists. People have gone on about how "interesting" a character Salander is. I just don't understand this.Maybe it's because I'm tired of the exotic punk trope, but she comes across as paradoxically anti-social and self-righteous, a sort of female Johnny Rotten mixed with Dirty Harry (there's a combination!). (That the novel's characters seem to reflect her Manichean worldview, in which the bad guys are almost metaphysically evil, doesn't help things). She's also too good to be true: a hot bisexual with a photographic memory who can kick ass as well as hack any computer. Oh, and she falls in love with Mikael Blomkvist. Which brings me to the other problem with the story... Mikael Blomkvist is so clearly a stand-in for the author (a middle-aged reporter with left-leaning politics) that it gets almost embarrasing, especially when Salander falls for him, in spite of her whole life being essentially ruined by middle-aged men. This relationship was slightly unseemly in the movie, but it went by so fast it could be forgiven. In the book, you're allowed enough breathing room to consider this a little unlikely, to say the least. It sounds like I didn't like this book, but I am still giving it a positive review because the plot does its job to create suspense. But this is a rare occasion (The Godfather comes to mind) where I would almost say that seeing the movie would be better.
Date published: 2010-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The story never ends from beginning to end! This book is awesome! Never a dull moment!
Date published: 2010-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining I have to say, when I started reading the book, the first couple of chapters I had trouble keeping up with all the character changes and everything. And the first part of the book drags on. Over all after I got into it I found myself unable to put it down. It is a novel that is thrilling, mysterious, logical and shocking. The author also provided suitable explanations and definitions throughout the book, so the terminology was easy to grasp. Also, I loved the character Salander. She's a mystery all unto her own. Can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2010-04-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable The first quarter of this book was very boring and dragged on and on. There is a lot going on througout the book and sometimes it gets frustrating because it takes so long to come together and make any sense. I did enjoy reading it after the first few chapters were done. I was easy for me to figure out the mystery, although I didn't get a lot of the details right, but the side stories are what kept me interested. I absolutely love Salander, she is an amazing character and I love the way the author only lets out a little information about her at a time.
Date published: 2010-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story I enjoyed the story line of this book. The mystery of the missing girl was very interesting. There were parts of the book that I found dragged on forever and I tended to skim through those sections, but overall, the story line was excellent. Looking forward to reading The Girl Who Played with Fire, next.
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT action book This is my first time reading a trilogy...SO it has to be great!!! It has everything a murder mystery,family saga and financial corruption. It starts with a 40 year old family mystery that brings together a journalist and a young fly by night woman with issues(the girl with the dragon tattoo)....but a great computer hacker. This book does have a surprise ending.It is a great mystery...can't wait for the second book.
Date published: 2010-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked Why did Larsson have to die shortly after giving in his Millennium Trilogy? His first novel of the trilogy is a real page turner! An almost 40-year-old mystery is still taunting a man, despite the rest of his family having moved on many years ago. One last try must be made before he dies. How do you solve a mystery of a girl who vanished into thin air? Bring in a financial journalist of course, with the help of a loner hacker. This book had a great storyline that kept me guessing and characters that were never boring. If someone ever decides to make this into a movie franchise I am BEGGING them NOT to Americanize it. It would ruin everything in my opinion. UPDATE: Apparently this has already been made into a movie?! (I'm so slow!). Män som hatar kvinnor is the name of the film if you want to check the trailer out on youtube.
Date published: 2010-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended Read this book on a recent vacation. A real page turner, couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mystery Here is the first in a trilogy regarding financial reporter Mickael Blomkvist and computer hacker/punk rocker Lisabeth Salander. Blomkvist is a recently convicted of libel for printing a baseless story about a swedish capitalist. Salander is a young women with mental issues and a guardianship order hanging over her head. Somehow, they are brought together to try and solve the 40 year old mystery of the disappearance a young girl who happens to be a member of a very old and powerful Swedish family not unlike the Kennedys. This story, althoug slow at the beginning, picked up in both the story and the action. The characters are both human and alive in this story. You really begin to feel for them, and even squirm when they find themselves in unwanted situations. It is a great read and I recommend that you read this. Buy it or borrow it. The second book is out and is in my TBR pile.
Date published: 2010-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I really enjoyed this book. The characters had me hooked. I was reading until the wee hours of the morning and could not put it down.
Date published: 2009-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mystery at its best This book is addicting and engrossing. The beginning is slow but steady and my expectations were exceeded here. I was surprised how obsessed I became with this book. Blomkvist and Salander are fabulous character's you can easily get lost in. I lost sleep and read this book in two sittings. The girl with the dragon tattoo deserves all of the praise, and the hype. It is one of the best mysteries I have ever read. A true pleasure, it is easy to see Larsson’s journalist background here. The subject matter is well researched although the darker episodes can be difficult to get through. The authors own story is as intriguing, as the novel. It is easy to see where he came up with such skill for intrigue. This book is well worth it, and I would recommend this to anyone. Just try to read it when you can afford to lose some sleep, because you will become obsessed within a few pages.
Date published: 2009-11-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me. I found it boring and contrived. It needs editing. Because of the endorsement by Ondaatje I was expecting literature, which it ain't. Maybe it's high level within the pulp mystery category.
Date published: 2009-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling Now, here is one thrilling narrative. Very different, very bizarre, very, if I may say so, foreign… When reading translated literature, I often wonder, what was lost in translation? May I mention, throughout this story, I did not wonder. Well written, well translated (it took me a while to realized that the book was not originally written in English) and definitely leaves you to want to read the sequel in this trilogy. Needless to say, the mystery behind the book’s manuscript contributes to the suspense.
Date published: 2009-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely Incredible! I read this book all 800 odd pages of it in two sittings. That's how much I enjoyed it. It was well written and exciting. There was something going on at every turn and there were new characters constantly popping up. Usually when a novelist does that the book becomes boring or too complicated to follow. This was not the case in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It was from start to finish great. Definutely go out and buy this book. For not only will you not be able to put it down but it's a book that you will have read again and again.
Date published: 2009-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A plot full of twists and turns... I could go on and on about this book, raving about how truly fantastic it was. I have never read anything by Stieg Larsson, however I am so incredibly happy that I chose to pick up this book, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I have read a variety of books over the past year, however I have to say that this book is one of the best books that I have read in a very long time. Larsson has managed to write a complex novel full of twist and turns touching on some of the most controversial subjects out there today - abuse, molestation, murder, kidnapping, etc. This novel finds the perfect balance between innocence and corruption. Henrik Vanger has hired Mikeal Blomkvist to complete one of the most unthinkable tasks - discover who murgered Harriet Vanger over 40 years ago. Seems like an unthinkable task, but with the help of Lisbeth Salander - the girl who has the dragon tattoo - he is able to uncover a story that withholds many layers. This book is truly my number one pick this summer! Read... and enjoy!
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting This novel was full of intrigue. I was unable to put this book down - a definite page turner. A surprise ending that will keep you guessing...a must-read! Oh, and you just will HAVE to come back for seconds (the second novel).
Date published: 2009-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read for mystery lovers I thought this was a great mystery novel, that was also intelligently written. We passed it around during a 2 week family vacation, and everyone fell under its spell. Looking forward to book 2 & 3 (although I may pick them up in French which have available for years).
Date published: 2009-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant book A middle-aged financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist has been sentenced to jail for slander. He is hired by Henrik Vanger, the retired CEO of a large family-owned conglomerate, to solve the mystery of his disappeared niece 40 years ago. She disappeared from the family island and now Vanger wants Blomkvist to investigate family and find out who is responsible for her death. The girl with the dragon tattoo is Lisbeth Salander, an investigator for Dragon Armansky. She is incredibly details oriented and very very good with computers. But she is asocial and a ward of the state even though grown and her finances are controlled by a trustee. Larsson has developed a story with a large number of characters, each with their own story. The Vanger family is immense and each had a motive to be involved in the mystery. Blomkvist is dogged in his following of a tidbit of a trail. He ends up hooking up with Salander who originally investigated him for Vanger. Blomkvist the humanist and Salnder the anti-social make a formible duo. Larsson has written a brilliant story about women as victims and their rise above it. I will be looking for the next book in the series.
Date published: 2009-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good mystery This is a good mystery, though I'm not sure why it's become such a phenomena outside of Sweden--it could use some editing, especially at the end. But I did get swept up in the story, liked the characters, and enjoyed the change of scenery from English and American mysteries.
Date published: 2009-07-07

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Prologue A Friday in November   It happened every year, was almost a ritual. And this was his eighty-second birthday. When, as usual, the flower was delivered, he took off the wrapping paper and then picked up the telephone to call Detective Superintendent Morell who, when he retired, had moved to Lake Siljan in Dalarna. They were not only the same age, they had been born on the same day–which was something of an irony under the circumstances. The old policeman was sitting with his coffee, waiting, expecting the call.   “It arrived.”   “What is it this year?”   “I don’t know what kind it is. I’ll have to get someone to tell me what it is. It’s white.”   “No letter, I suppose.”   “Just the flower. The frame is the same kind as last year. One of those do-it-yourself ones.”   “Postmark?”   “Stockholm.”   “Handwriting?”   “Same as always, all in capitals. Upright, neat lettering.”   With that, the subject was exhausted, and not another word was exchanged for almost a minute. The retired policeman leaned back in his kitchen chair and drew on his pipe. He knew he was no longer expected to come up with a pithy comment or any sharp question which would shed a new light on the case. Those days had long since passed, and the exchange between the two men seemed like a ritual attaching to a mystery which no-one else in the whole world had the least interest in unravelling.     The Latin name was Leptospermum (Myrtaceae) rubinette. It was a plant about ten centimetres high with small, heather-like foliage and a white flower with five petals about two centimetres across.   The plant was native to the Australian bush and uplands, where it was to be found among tussocks of grass. There it was called Desert Snow. Someone at the botanical gardens in Uppsala would later confirm that it was a plant seldom cultivated in Sweden. The botanist wrote in her report that it was related to the tea tree and that it was sometimes confused with its more common cousin Leptospermum scoparium, which grew in abundance in New Zealand. What distinguished them, she pointed out, was that rubinette had a small number of microscopic pink dots at the tips of the petals, giving the flower a faint pinkish tinge.   Rubinette was altogether an unpretentious flower. It had no known medicinal properties, and it could not induce hallucinatory experiences. It was neither edible, nor had a use in the manufacture of plant dyes. On the other hand, the aboriginal people of Australia regarded as sacred the region and the flora around Ayers Rock.   The botanist said that she herself had never seen one before, but after consulting her colleagues she was to report that attempts had been made to introduce the plant at a nursery in Göteborg, and that it might, of course, be cultivated by amateur botanists. It was difficult to grow in Sweden because it thrived in a dry climate and had to remain indoors half of the year. It would not thrive in calcareous soil and it had to be watered from below. It needed pampering.     The fact of its being so rare a flower ought to have made it easier to trace the source of this particular specimen, but in practice it was an impossible task. There was no registry to look it up in, no licences to explore. Anywhere from a handful to a few hundred enthusiasts could have had access to seeds or plants. And those could have changed hands between friends or been bought by mail order from anywhere in Europe, anywhere in the Antipodes.   But it was only one in the series of mystifying flowers that each year arrived by post on the first day of November. They were always beautiful and for the most part rare flowers, always pressed, mounted on watercolour paper in a simple frame measuring 15cm by 28cm.     The strange story of the flowers had never been reported in the press; only a very few people knew of it. Thirty years ago the regular arrival of the flower was the object of much scrutiny–at the National Forensic Laboratory, among fingerprint experts, graphologists, criminal investigators, and one or two relatives and friends of the recipient. Now the actors in the drama were but three: the elderly birthday boy, the retired police detective, and the person who had posted the flower. The first two at least had reached such an age that the group of interested parties would soon be further diminished.   The policeman was a hardened veteran. He would never forget his first case, in which he had had to take into custody a violent and appallingly drunk worker at an electrical substation before he caused others harm. During his career he had brought in poachers, wife beaters, con men, car thieves, and drunk drivers. He had dealt with burglars, drug dealers, rapists, and one deranged bomber. He had been involved in nine murder or manslaughter cases. In five of these the murderer had called the police himself and, full of remorse, confessed to having killed his wife or brother or some other relative. Two others were solved within a few days. Another required the assistance of the National Criminal Police and took two years.   The ninth case was solved to the police’s satisfaction, which is to say that they knew who the murderer was, but because the evidence was so insubstantial the public prosecutor decided not to proceed with the case. To the detective superintendent’s dismay, the statute of limitations eventually put an end to the matter. But all in all he could look back on an impressive career.   He was anything but pleased.   For the detective, the “Case of the Pressed Flowers” had been nagging at him for years–his last, unsolved and frustrating case. The situation was doubly absurd because after spending literally thousands of hours brooding, on duty and off, he could not say beyond doubt that a crime had indeed been committed.   The two men knew that whoever had mounted the flowers would have worn gloves, that there would be no fingerprints on the frame or the glass. The frame could have been bought in camera shops or stationery stores the world over. There was, quite simply, no lead to follow. Most often the parcel was posted in Stockholm, but three times from London, twice from Paris, twice from Copenhagen, once from Madrid, once from Bonn, and once from Pensacola, Florida. The detective superintendent had had to look it up in an atlas.     After putting down the telephone the eighty-two-year-old birthday boy sat for a long time looking at the pretty but meaningless flower whose name he did not yet know. Then he looked up at the wall above his desk. There hung forty-three pressed flowers in their frames. Four rows of ten, and one at the bottom with four. In the top row one was missing from the ninth slot. Desert Snow would be number forty-four.   Without warning he began to weep. He surprised himself with this sudden burst of emotion after almost forty years.       Part 1 Incentive December 20–January 3   Eighteen percent of the women in Sweden have at one time been threatened by a man.       Chapter 1 Friday, December 20     The trial was irretrievably over; everything that could be said had been said, but he had never doubted that he would lose. The written verdict was handed down at 10:00 on Friday morning, and all that remained was a summing up from the reporters waiting in the corridor outside the district court.     “Carl” Mikael Blomkvist saw them through the doorway and slowed his step. He had no wish to discuss the verdict, but questions were unavoidable, and he—of all people—knew that they had to be asked and answered. This is how it is to be a criminal, he thought. On the other side of the microphone. He straightened up and tried to smile. The reporters gave him friendly, almost embarrassed greetings.     “Let’s see . . . Aftonbladet, Expressen, TT wire service, TV4, and . . . where are you from? . . . ah yes, Dagens Nyheter. I must be a celebrity,” Blomkvist said.     “Give us a sound bite, Kalle Blomkvist.” It was a reporter from one of the evening papers.     Blomkvist, hearing the nickname, forced himself as always not to roll his eyes. Once, when he was twenty-three and had just started his first summer job as a journalist, Blomkvist had chanced upon a gang which had pulled off five bank robberies over the past two years. There was no doubt that it was the same gang in every instance. Their trademark was to hold up two banks at a time with military precision. They wore masks from Disney World, so inevitably police logic dubbed them the Donald Duck Gang. The newspapers renamed them the Bear Gang, which sounded more sinister, more appropriate to the fact that on two occasions they had recklessly fired warning shots and threatened curious passersby.     Their sixth outing was at a bank in Östergötland at the height of the holiday season. A reporter from the local radio station happened to be in the bank at the time. As soon as the robbers were gone he went to a public telephone and dictated his story for live broadcast.     Blomkvist was spending several days with a girlfriend at her parents’ summer cabin near Katrineholm. Exactly why he made the connection he could not explain, even to the police, but as he was listening to the news report he remembered a group of four men in a summer cabin a few hundred feet down the road. He had seen them playing badminton out in the yard: four blond, athletic types in shorts with their shirts off. They were obviously bodybuilders, and there had been something about them that had made him look twice—maybe it was because the game was being played in blazing sunshine with what he recognised as intensely focused energy.     There had been no good reason to suspect them of being the bank robbers, but nevertheless he had gone to a hill overlooking their cabin. It seemed empty. It was about forty minutes before a Volvo drove up and parked in the yard. The young men got out, in a hurry, and were each carrying a sports bag, so they might have been doing nothing more than coming back from a swim. But one of them returned to the car and took out from the boot something which he hurriedly covered with his jacket. Even from Blomkvist’s relatively distant observation post he could tell that it was a good old AK4, the rifle that had been his constant companion for the year of his military service.     He called the police and that was the start of a three-day siege of the cabin, blanket coverage by the media, with Blomkvist in a front-row seat and collecting a gratifyingly large fee from an evening paper. The police set up their headquarters in a caravan in the garden of the cabin where Blomkvist was staying.     The fall of the Bear Gang gave him the star billing that launched him as a young journalist. The downside of his celebrity was that the other evening newspaper could not resist using the headline “Kalle Blomkvist solves the case.” The tongue-in-cheek story was written by an older female columnist and contained references to the young detective in Astrid Lindgren’s books for children. To make matters worse, the paper had run the story with a grainy photograph of Blomkvist with his mouth half open even as he raised an index finger to point.     It made no difference that Blomkvist had never in life used the name Carl. From that moment on, to his dismay, he was nicknamed Kalle Blomkvist by his peers—an epithet employed with taunting provocation, not unfriendly but not really friendly either. In spite of his respect for Astrid Lindgren—whose books he loved—he detested the nickname. It took him several years and far weightier journalistic successes before the nickname began to fade, but he still cringed if ever the name was used in his hearing.     Right now he achieved a placid smile and said to the reporter from the evening paper:   “Oh come on, think of something yourself. You usually do.”     His tone was not unpleasant. They all knew each other, more or less, and Blomkvist’s most vicious critics had not come that morning. One of the journalists there had at one time worked with him. And at a party some years ago he had nearly succeeded in picking up one of the reporters—the woman from She on TV4.     “You took a real hit in there today,” said the one from Dagens Nyheter, clearly a young part-timer. “How does it feel?”     Despite the seriousness of the situation, neither Blomkvist nor the older journalists could help smiling. He exchanged glances with TV4. How does it feel? The half-witted sports reporter shoves his microphone in the face of the Breathless Athlete on the finishing line.     “I can only regret that the court did not come to a different conclusion,” he said a bit stuffily.     “Three months in gaol and 150,000 kronor damages. That’s pretty severe,” said She from TV4.     “I’ll survive.”     “Are you going to apologise to Wennerström? Shake his hand?”     “I think not.”     “So you still would say that he’s a crook?” Dagens Nyheter.     The court had just ruled that Blomkvist had libelled and defamed the financier Hans-Erik Wennerström. The trial was over and he had no plans to appeal. So what would happen if he repeated his claim on the courthouse steps? Blomkvist decided that he did not want to find out.     “I thought I had good reason to publish the information that was in my possession. The court has ruled otherwise, and I must accept that the judicial process has taken its course. Those of us on the editorial staff will have to discuss the judgement before we decide what we’re going to do. I have no more to add.”     “But how did you come to forget that journalists actually have to back up their assertions?” She from TV4. Her expression was neutral, but Blomkvist thought he saw a hint of disappointed repudiation in her eyes.     The reporters on site, apart from the boy from Dagens Nyheter, were all veterans in the business. For them the answer to that question was beyond the conceivable. “I have nothing to add,” he repeated, but when the others had accepted this TV4 stood him against the doors to the courthouse and asked her questions in front of the camera. She was kinder than he deserved, and there were enough clear answers to satisfy all the reporters still standing behind her. The story would be in the headlines but he reminded himself that they were not dealing with the media event of the year here. The reporters had what they needed and headed back to their respective newsrooms. From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“Dazzling…. Marvelous characters and a wonderful story built around the most difficult of all plots, the locked room…. It has everything a reader could want and more…. Don’t miss it.” - The Globe and Mail“An utterly fresh political and journalistic thriller that is also intimate and moral. In spite of its dark unearthings Stieg Larsson has written a feast of a book, with central characters you will not forget." - Michael Ondaatje“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“Imagine the movies of Ingmar Bergman crossed with Thomas Harris’s novel The Silence of the Lambs. Larsson’s mesmerizing tale succeeds because, like P.D. James, he has written a why-dunit rather than a whodunit.” - USA Today“The hottest book on the planet.” - Entertainment Weekly“The ballyhoo is fully justified.… The novel scores on every front—character, story, atmosphere, translation.” - The Times (London)“Already a blazing literary sensation internationally, Swedish journalist’s dark-hearted thriller … is now poised to burn up bestseller lists in America…. To the new breed of Watson and Holmes, skoal!” - Vanity Fair“A striking novel, full of passion, an evocative sense of place and subtle insights into venal, corrupt minds.” - The Observer (UK)“As vivid as bloodstains on snow—and a perfect one-volume introduction to the unique strengths of Scandinavian crime fiction.” - Lee Child“Remarkable…. Like a blast of cold, fresh air to read…. It features at its center two unique and fascinating characters: a disgraced financial journalist and the absolutely marvelous 24-year-old Lisbeth Salander—a computer-hacking Pippi Longstocking with pierced eyebrows and a survival instinct that should scare anyone who gets in her way." - Chicago Tribune“Larsson’s novels are a danger to public life. Parks become clogged with readers; the working world is paralyzed—all because no-one can let go of his books.” - Bams (Germany)“What a cracking novel! I haven’t read such a stunning thriller debut for years. The way Larsson interweaves his two stories had me in thrall from beginning to end. Brilliantly written and totally gripping." - Minette Walters“More than a book, a drug.” - Nouvel Observateur (France)“Swedish crime fiction, like the country itself, has both class and a social conscience. It was only a matter of time before it produced its own War and Peace…. The plotting and pacing are masterful. No wonder Europe has gone wild over Blomkvist and his riveting sidekick.” - Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)“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…. Larsson uses his reportorial eye for detail and an instinctive sense of mood to create a noirish picture of Stockholm and a small island community … showing us both the bright, shiny lives of young careerists and older aristos, and a seamy underworld where sexual and financial corruption flourish.” - The New York Times“When a writer delivers such a complex and fascinating portrayal like that of Lisbeth Salander all we can do is bow down in gratitude. It doesn’t get much better than this.” - Gefle Dagblad (Sweden)“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“A fascinating mystery of family and business dynamics with a splendid cast of characters…. Sex, death, money, power, intrigue—this novel has them all.” - The Edmonton Journal“Wildly suspenseful ... Variously a serial-killer saga, a search for a missing person and an informed glimpse into the worlds of journalism and business … Lisbeth is a punk Watson to Mikaels dapper Holmes, and she's the coolest crime-fighting sidekick to come along in many years.” - The Washington Post“A big, intricately plotted, darkly humorous work, rich with ironies, quirky but believable characters and a literary playfulness that only a master of the genre and its history could bring off.” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette“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“Dark, labyrinthine, smart, sexy, utterly original, and completely captivating, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo delights at every level. Nuanced, sympathetic characters, caught in a tangle of unusual and compelling relationships, grapple with a baffling family mystery and with their own demons in the unique literary environment of modern-day Sweden. This book is artful and grand entertainment. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.” - John Lescroart“A fine, complex and rewarding novel.” - Dallas Morning News“In nearly a half-century of reading mystery and crime fiction, I can remember no more captivating or original character than Lisbeth.”— - Otto Penzler, editor of The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, owner of The Mysterious Bookshop“A striking novel. Just when I was thinking there wasn’t anything new on the horizon, along comes Stieg Larsson with this wonderfully unique story. I was completely absorbed.” - Michael Connelly“This novel is almost impossible to put down.” - Times-Colonist (Victoria, BC)“The biggest Swedish phenom since ABBA.” - People“With subplots tucked inside subplots like a set of nested Russian dolls, the book relies less on pulse-pounding action (though it has its moments) than on a meticulous exploration of both evidence and character, plus finely crafted revenge…. A summary only hints at the richness of this book.” - Houston Chronicle“[Larsson] tells his crime story cleverly, but the zing in Dragon Tattoo is inked in its two central characters…. Lisbeth Salander has earned a spot in the sorority [of] my favorite gutsy females.” - The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)“I doubt you will read a better book this year.” - Val McDermid“Offers compelling chunks of investigative journalism, high-tech sleuthing, and psychosexual drama. What a shame that we only have three books in which to watch the charismatic Lisbeth Salander take on the world" - Booklist“A compelling, well-woven tale that succeeds in transporting the reader to Sweden for a good crime story.” - Los Angeles Times“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…. At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden’s dirty not-so-little secrets, this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)“A rip-roaring serial killer adventure.” - Mail on Sunday (UK)