The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 Of The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg LarssonThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 Of The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 Of The Millenium Trilogy

byStieg Larsson

Paperback | November 1, 2011

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Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.

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.

From the Paperback edition.
Stieg Larsson was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo. He was a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist organizations. He died in 2004, soon after delivering the manuscripts of the novels The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland.
Title:The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 Of The Millenium TrilogyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.24 × 5.33 × 1.24 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143186000

ISBN - 13:9780143186007


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a Fan I found this book difficult to get into - not one of my favourites.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This is definitely one of my favorite books. It will definitely pull you in and keep you turning the page.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!! OK , first , it took me a while to get into this book. for some reason i would read the first pages and feel like this was not going to go down well. I started the book over at least 3 times before pushing myself to read past the first 20 pages. Boy am i glad I did!!! this book is amazing. i couldn't put it down. if you want to watch the movie. don't watch the american version. the swedish version is a thousand times better. VERY INTENSE!
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the investment I asked for and received this as a birthday gift a few years ago. The first time I tried to read this book I just couldn't get into it. I put it down for a few days and tried again; this time I couldn't put it down. The plot is dark and the characters are darker. I got hooked and immediately had to buy the next one in the series.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great I don't understand the hype. I thought the writing left much to be desired but the plot had potential.
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely loved this book. I'd heard mixed reviews about the book a few years back, only to find a copy in the staff room at work. I asked around who it belonged to without a response, so I took it home to read and honestly couldn't put it down. I've never been one to read a book through and through, but this kept me craving to know... to know what happened and what was to come of everyone involved. Needless to say, I got what I was looking for and I'm thrilled to have purchased the 2nd in the Millennium series. We start "Girl Who Played With Fire" soon :)
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lisbeth is better than a superhero Loved it ! Never read anything like it. Sad to know the author passed away. Would have loved to read many more from him.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense Not my typical genre of reading. This novel is over 800 pages and is such a page turner that it kept me up until the wee hours of the morning and I finished it in 4 days. The book is so much better than the movie!
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from way better than the movie its a very complicated book and it takes a lot of concentration to read, definitely have to be a strong reader to get through this. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better Than the Movie It was better than the movie as I watched that right after I finished the book but a lot of the time I had to push myself to get through it. There were too many plots going on in this book.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed. The story was captivating and intriguing
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't get the hype Honestly I don't understand the hype with this book. I don't know if it was the translation or what but the writing wasn't great to me. The story was interesting but didn't hook me in a way that I wish it would have.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow! finished it like nothing else before... captivating and intriguing
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I could not put this book down! The whole series if phenomenal.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book This book starts off slow but when it moves along it really moves. Loved the book and continue to read this series. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Great book to give you a taste of the series. Must read
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MASTERPIECE This trilogy is EVERYTHING. Intense, gripping, and sophisticated writing
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling social commentary The book is long, and can really feel it at times. Just as an example, the main plot ends about a hundred pages before the actual end of the book. Despite this, the story and characters are very interesting, and it's a uniquely unflinching look at all the ways in which Swedish culture tolerates violence against women.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Believe the Hype I'm not trying to insult anyone's taste, but I genuinely don't understand the borderline obsession with this book/series when it first came out. So many of the "Free Little Libraries" in my city have been clogged with copies of this book and the sequels, and I can see why. The superfluous descriptions make even Proust seem succinct! It's like he had to fill a word quota and just went on, and one. The first 50 pages were a snooze. By 250 I was ready to give it up. I made it to around 300 and then I realized that life is too short.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelieveable This book definitely lived up to the hype! At first it was hard to see how the different events and chapters came together, as well as how Blomkvist and Salander would end up working together, but in the end it was full of suspense and very detailed.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful, intricate, complex & thought-provoking This is a very dense thriller. I loved the setting and the characters. It keeps you guessing and there is constant suspense and tension, although I felt at times it was trying a bit too hard to be complex. Apart from that, this is an amazing first book to the series that makes you want to pick up the second right away.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful This was and exciting and suspenseful book to read! It does get a little weird and dark towards then, could have done without some of that but that's just me!
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh Couldn't get into the story....maybe because i started reading it after a bunch of memoirs and autobiographies...but the story didn't grab my attention
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This is one of my favorite novels ever, I love the story, characters and mystery of it all.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic! You will never be able to figure these books out or put them down! Great reads, not overwrote like many books. Keeps you thinking for sure.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read The book survives primarily on the strength of the character Lisbeth Salander. The plot and writing style are not great, but the character itself is a fantastic creation.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay Couldn't get into it, was slow start
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its a must read will not be disappointed in theis book i could not put it down
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great first book of the series. At first I found this book a little hard to get into but after reading the first few chapters a couple of times I was hooked and could not put it down. I found myself rushing out to get the next book in the series when I finished.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomest This is a must read. It's such a pageturner
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad but not good either I have to admit that somewhere midway through this book i gave up on it. it isn't a bad book, i could have probably kept going but it wouldn't have made an impact. its not the kind of book that when you finish you ca not pick up another one, because it was so good and there is no comparison.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow start This is a true crime novel set in Sweden. It takes a long time for the author to set up the story. I wasn't really sure what I was even reading until about 200 pages in then it finally started to come together. After the slow start the pace changes dramatically and it becomes completely engrossing. The rest of the series is definitely worthwhile so stick with it.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Very very long and almost nothing happens for hundreds of pages, but worth it in the end for anyone who likes a good mystery.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best read in a long time i started reading this a year ago and got turned off by the very slow first chapter. i picked it back up again this summer and wow i have never been so impressed by a novel which has been so hyped for me. would 100% recommend.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read It! Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a must read novel setting up the Millennium Trilogy. The novel is brilliant and face paced, while being clever and thought provoking. For many years I have been recommended this novel by friends. It was only recently that I purchased the trilogy and dived into the series. I have to say this this book, book #1 of 3, is my favourite - and is a genuine mystery/thriller. Read this novel if you know what is good for you. Brilliant and exciting.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read Page turning action and intrigue.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Brilliant and thought provoking
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo An absolutely brilliant crime novel.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slow at times but loved I loved this book. It was a little slow to begin with but then it picked up dramatically. I couldn't put it down, I just wanted to know what would happen. I really appreciate that this book wasn't a copy of most other murder mystery novels out there. The typical "dead person's sibling/husband/wife wants to find the murderer and meets the handsome/beautiful detective of the opposite sex who just might be more than he/she seems..." just wasn't there, what a relief. Lisbeth is interesting if not believable. Which is fine because it's fiction and she doesn't have to be believable, I love her take-no-nonsense attitude although I do feel sorry for her at the same time for not being able to be more socially fluent.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Characters, the story line and little surprises in the book was really good!
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So great Really great book, couldn't put it down
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning I loved everything about this books, the characters, the story line, the wording.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh... Personally I did not enjoy this book overall, however, I do believe that there are aspects in this book that is unlike many others.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute Perfection I have read this book 3 times already; it's by far my favorite novel ever written. The rest of Stieg Larsson's books in the series are amazing too. Highly, highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. This was definitely a very interesting book.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings.... It was so back and forth for me with this book. On one hand, the writing itself irked me sometimes. There were many places where the writing seemed extremely abrupt and undescriptive. But then the story. Oh the story! A girl goes missing with no trace, and fourty years later they are trying to find out what happened. The story, mixed with the quirky and colourful characters, was enough to keep me reading. Unfortunately another black mark shows up here. There were at least three plots going on at once, which most times was frustrating. Nearing the end I managed to completely forget all but the main plot, at least until it was time to wrap up the others. Overall, I'm glad I didn't abandon this book like I had considered several times. It was a satisfying read, and I found myself loving Lisbeth Salander.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I was obsessed with this book and have turned it onto so many people to read also.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Series This was my favorite series. This book is a great beginning to an amazing series.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved this trilogy! after a couple of chapters i was hooked!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. A wonderful twisty thriller.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweden Rocks! So different from American novels! Aside from the obvious setting in Sweden, it was the main characters who fascinated as they were flawed but interesting. Look forward to reading the next book.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Very interesting story, great characters
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from intriguing worth the read! it is better to lisbeth is a very unique character
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding I had such a hard time putting down this book. the story was intriguing. Only issue was unfamiliar places and names. It forces you to slow down in your read for constant pronunciation. So many twists and turns.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Author, Riveting Mystery Who would dream that their 90 year-old father-in-law would recommend this unusual book let alone request the next two as birthday gifts! Wow! I read his copy of this book during my 10 day visit just to keep him happy and it was so riveting that I couldn't put it down! Stieg Larsson hooks the reader with fascinating intrigue that obviously appeals to all ages! The main character, Mikael Blomkvist, procures the assistance of a pierced and tattooed computer hacker with an attitude to help him solve the mystery of Harriet Vanger's disappearance! Along the way we learn that she has a history that we just can't wait to learn more about!
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh My Gods I put off reading this for years. I finally read it and fell in love. I need to read the rest of the series. Side note: Lizbeth Salander is the most badass female character ever. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Page turner! This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read! So raw and moving. So many different emotions run through you while reading this book. For those who have seen the movie - this is NOTHING like it and is SO MUCH BETTER
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful Thrilling book with a twist ending
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the book I cannot say enough about the book! Its the perfect balance of suspense and thriller!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best written books! I bought this book 3 weeks ago and it was one of the best books I've ever read, it might have a slow start but it's highly engaging and leaves you anxious to read the second part!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book This book had me glued to it. Enjoyed it so much, loved the entire series and will keep this series on my shelf.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing. Had a slow start but decided to keep going. Finished the book and was disappointed and only read the first two chapters of the second book and gave up.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I had a hard time getting into this book at the beginning but Im so glad I kept reading. Great writing. So suspenseful! As soon as I finished it, I bought the next 2 books in the series.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Thrilling and suspenseful read
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slow start but EXCELLENT Despite the fact that I worked at a bookstore for more than two years, I managed to hold out on reading this book until shortly before the American film was released. I am always reluctant to read books that sell mass quantities, because, well, Twilight. Reading The Hunger Games, however, made me slightly less of a skeptic. So perhaps it was my residual love of journalism, perhaps it was my need to read this book slowly (which rarely occurs) so I could absorb the details... I really did love this book. Thriller/mystery-type books certainly aren't a genre I've read much of, so I imagine there are better books out there, but I really liked Stieg Larsson. Certainly, there were times when I struggled to continue slogging through details, but Larsson had me yelling/my heart racing enough to keep me interested in the book. It should be mentioned that this book is not for the unmotivated reader, nor for anyone who is particularly sensitive to violent sexual content. In my humble opinion, TOTALLY worth reading.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the riveting read I expected A fairly exciting story if murder mysteries are your thing. Lisbeth was a very unusual and intriguing character. But the writing was very ordinary and full of boring cliches. The exposition is long and tedious, absolutely nothing happens until 2/3 of the way through the story. I know there is a large audience for this type of whodunit. Readers don't seem to mind plowing their way through dozens of suspects, false leads and red herrings. I stuck with this one because of all the hype and because I knew there would eventually be some explosive scenes... but I'll not be reading the other two in the trilogy.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I didn't get the hype... but still an entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a captivating read! I received this as a gift before the film came out and I could not put it down!! Finished it in a day. The protagonist was so real, so raw, and so passionate about her cause and beliefs that you're entirely immersed in the novel.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I couldn't put the book down. A really good read full of suspense and plot twists. Both the book and the movie were equally good but very dark.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it. The books and the movie are both dark, interesting and addictive
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing saw the movie and knew i had to read the book. was not disappointed. amazing.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! A bit hard to get into the book but once you get into it you can't stop! The twists and great detail of characters make this book so intriguing and addicting.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! It was a fantastic book. Only reason I didn't give it 4 stars is because I thought it was kind of long
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I was in high school when I started this series. It was heavy with politics and mystery - a genre I was not very fond of. I pushed my way through it and watched it go from an occasional read to an addictive landslide. Larsson has you on your toes - whether it be cringing, excitement or horror - Lisbeth and Mikael will keep you coming back for more.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad #plumreview A good, but not great book. But this isn't really my genre, so take my review with a grain of salt.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Way to long... This book could be half the size. First half is very slow; but the second is good.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Couldn't put it down, intensely captivating and wonderfully written
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book was thrilling. Definitely the best in this series.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVE this book! It's a little slow going getting the background information to the reader but turns into an amazing novel!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the series Amazing series, keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lisbeth is my hero I definitely enjoyed this book - I thought the translation was fairly decent.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good series Recommend reading, it's quite good.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hooked Another book series I just couldn't put down.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not amazing This book starts off really slow. It only gets good about half way in. Still a decent read.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish there were more books to this series! I could not put this book - or any of the others - down! So many twists! Very good. Will go down as one of my favorite series!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book It takes time to get into it, but once it starts moving you cannot keep up! You will not be able to find enough hours in the day.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read! I found that this novel started off very, very, VERY slow. It took me awhile to really get into it. But once I got to the good parts I could not put the book down!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I regret having to suffer through this book . I understand trying to pay homage to a dead author, but the whole time I kept reading this book, I kept wondering why nobody bothered to edit it down! In my humble opinion, a good books starts out strong and dives right into the action. Details of the characters and back story are sprinkled in strategically throughout the book causing anxiousness and intrigue in the reader who is then compelled to keep reading in order to piece together the cryptic bits of titillating information. For some insane reason, Mr. Larsson felt it was necessary to front-load the book with 400 pages of tedious back story. Mr. Larsson we get it; Sweden is a unique place with difficult to pronounce places occupied with people and their difficult to pronounce names. The tattoo girl is a computer wiz-hacker who just happens to be a socially awkward introvert and she refuses to engage in meaningful conversations; this is not a unique character premise but Mr. Larsson felt it was necessary to showcase example after example after example after example of her weirdness just in case the reader was too stupid to get the point. At page 400 our disgraced journalist finally sets out on a mission to crack a 40 cold case. Needing the help of a computer hacker to dig up archived data, he meets up with tattoo girl at page 500 and now they're off and running. At page 600 hundred the 2 main characters find themselves in a comprised position with the bad guy who goes into detail about the who, when , why, where and how of all the people he disposed, (think of any corny batman villain from the 60s). With 200 pages to go, you'd be an idiot not to guess how this so-called tense moment pans out. Boredom resumes from pages 600 - 700. From pages 700 to 850, tattoo girl mumbles a few words and then goes on a convoluted Mission Impossible tangent that is nothing more than a lame attempt to set the stage for part 2. Now I'm torn as I was certain "50 Shades of Grey" was the dumbest book I've read!
Date published: 2015-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lizbeth is awesome Excellent book, compelling characters, great suspense, but pretty harsh and bleak in places. A good story!
Date published: 2015-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read I could not put it down and ended up reading until ungodly hours to follow the ups and downs of the characters. I recomend this book to all who love a good plot and are not faintof heart.
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating and intense Beautifully written, hard to understand the Swedish names, plot unfolds like harry potter. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Righteous read. It gets you riled up in a good way. It also gets you thinking. Made me want to be a journalist jaja.
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The girl with the dragon tattoo At first was a slow start but loved it. The suspense and the analysis of finding out who. The movie does not do justice!
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspensful Thriller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is one of the most addictive books I have ever read. This "murder mystery" leaves you guessing until the very end of the book. It is more than just a murder mystery, it combines romance, drama and action that all compliment each other. The setting of this novel is described so meticulously, it creates a very vivid picture in your mind. It is a suspensful thriller that would keep any reader interested throughout the entire book. I would also recommend The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Net's Nest & The Girl Who Played With Fire.
Date published: 2012-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read For Everyone! I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in the summer of 2010, trying to figure out what the hype was about. I was honestly gripped to my Kobo for days, often sitting outside in the sunshine, turning page after page. The first hundred are a little rough, but push through because it gets unreal. One warning: be prepared for a series and have the next book ready, because when you finish, you will WANT to pour immediately into the continuation.
Date published: 2011-12-24

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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

“An intelligent, ingeniously plotted, utterly engrossing thriller that is 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 Mikael's dapper Holmes, and she's the coolest crime-fighting sidekick to come along in many years.”–Washington Post“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“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“The book lands in the United States as Wall Street sputters and global markets clench, a timely fit to Larsson’s themes of corporate corruption. He tells his crime story cleverly, but the zing in Dragon Tattoo is inked in its two central characters.”–Cleveland Plain Dealer“A super-smart amalgam of the corporate corruption tale, legal thriller and dysfunctional-family psychological suspense story. It’s witty and unflinching . . . Larsson’s multi-pieced plot snaps together as neatly as an Ikea bookcase, but even more satisfying is the anti-social character of Salander.”–Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air (NPR)“It’s like a blast of cold, fresh air to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo . . . 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 novel could serve as the definition of page-turner . . . The worst part: We have to wait until summer ’09 for the second installment.”–Time Out New York“The biggest Swedish phenom since ABBA.”–People “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“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“Larsson’s debut thriller succeeds on so many levels it’s hard to know where to begin. First off, it’s an absolute page-turner. But the characters are so fascinating and the clear, understated writing so graceful, you are going to want to savor it . . . Electrifying.”–Portsmouth Herald (NH)“Is the hype justified? Yes . . . This complex, multilayered tale grabs the reader from the first page.”–Library Journal (starred)“The first U.S. appearance of another major Swedish crime writer is cause for celebration . . . The novel 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“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is 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“I doubt you will read a better book this year.”–Val McDermid“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“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“As vivid as bloodstains on snow.”–Lee Child“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is 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“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)“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“With its compelling situation, its complex plot and especially its unique, fully-realized characters, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo embodies–in seamless translation–the best of European crime fiction.”–S.J. Rozan “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a Tolstoyan re-invention of the ‘closed room’ murder mystery, Agatha Christie for adults. Curl up on the sofa with this masterwork of noir and let Stieg Larsson draw you into the shadows. It’s also a profound investigation into tribal violence in the world of high finance, and a revelation of the dark side of a country normally seen as the very height of propriety. By the end of the first chapter you will know better. By the end of the second you will be putty in his hands. Don’t even think about putting it down.”–John BurdettFrom the UK:“Crime fiction has seldom needed to salute and mourn such a stellar talent as Larsson’s in the same breath.”–The Sunday Times “Larsson has up his sleeve two extremely engaging protagonists. Once these characters have appeared, our surrender to the novel is guaranteed . . . This is classic English mystery territory. But what follows is much darker and bloodier–more Thomas Harris than Dorothy L. Sayers.”–The Independent“The ballyhoo is fully justified . . . The novel scores on every front–character, story, atmosphere, and the translation.” –The Times“This is a striking novel, full of passion, an evocative sense of place and subtle insights into venal, corrupt minds . . . The journalist and the hacker are ingenious creations.”–The Observer“One of the greatest crime-fiction novels I have ever read . . . As mesmerizing as it is insightful . . . The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a multi-layered, multi-character tale by a writer of some considerable power. Full of social conscience and compassion, with insight into the nature of moral corruption, it knocked me out . . . Mikael Blomkvist and his partner, the enigmatic and deeply troubled Lisbeth Salander, will soon join the pantheon of greatest crime-fiction characters that populate the genre at its apex.”–Shots Magazine“A blockbuster story . . . The plot is interesting and credible but above all the heroine is splendidly original . . . An extraordinary book.”–Literary Review “An absorbing and idiosyncratic crime novel.”–Daily Mail