Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

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

Review:

'Intelligent, complex, with a gripping plot and deeply intriguing characters. The author's early death is a great loss' Philip Pullman, Guardian. 'As vivid as bloodstains on snow' Lee Child. 'What a cracking novel! I haven't read such a stunning thriller debut for years. Brilliantly written and totally gripping' Minette Walters. 'I doubt you will read a better book this year' Val McDermid. 'So much more than a thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a dazzling novel of big ideas' Harlan Coben. 'Brilliantly written ... the characters are superbly drawn and the story grips from first to last' Mail On Sunday. 'A rip-roaring serial-killer adventure' Mail on Sunday. 'An utterly fresh political and journalistic thriller that is also intimate and moral ... a feast of a book' Michael Ondaatje. 'The books are selling in their millions across Europe and it's not hard to see why' Spectator. 'The ballyhoo is fully justified ... the novel scores on every front' The Times. 'A publishing sensation who seemingly came from nowhere ... crime fiction has seldom needed to salute and mourn such a stellar talent as Larsson's in the same breath' Sunday Times. '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.
Author:
Larsson Stieg
Format:
Paperback

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

Review:

'Intelligent, complex, with a gripping plot and deeply intriguing characters. The author's early death is a great loss' Philip Pullman, Guardian. 'As vivid as bloodstains on snow' Lee Child. 'What a cracking novel! I haven't read such a stunning thriller debut for years. Brilliantly written and totally gripping' Minette Walters. 'I doubt you will read a better book this year' Val McDermid. 'So much more than a thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a dazzling novel of big ideas' Harlan Coben. 'Brilliantly written ... the characters are superbly drawn and the story grips from first to last' Mail On Sunday. 'A rip-roaring serial-killer adventure' Mail on Sunday. 'An utterly fresh political and journalistic thriller that is also intimate and moral ... a feast of a book' Michael Ondaatje. 'The books are selling in their millions across Europe and it's not hard to see why' Spectator. 'The ballyhoo is fully justified ... the novel scores on every front' The Times. 'A publishing sensation who seemingly came from nowhere ... crime fiction has seldom needed to salute and mourn such a stellar talent as Larsson's in the same breath' Sunday Times. '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.

Product details

Author:
Larsson, Stieg
Publisher:
Quercus UK
ISBN:
9781847245458
Translated from:
Swedish
Series Title:
Millennium Trilogy
Audience:
General
Pages:
542
Width (mm):
150
Length (mm):
260
Additional Info:
Stieg Larsson was the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Expo. He was a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist organisations. He died in 2004, soon after delivering the text of the novels that make up the Millennium Trilogy.
Awards:
Winner of Galaxy British Book Awards: Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year 2009. Shortlisted for CWA Duncan Lawrie International Dagger 2008. Shortlisted for Heathrow Travel Product Award: Travel Read, Fiction 2009. Joint winner for CrimeFest Sounds of Crime Award (Abridged) 2006.
Weight (g):
35

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Attention Capturing!

A most intriguing and attention capturing book I have read in a long time!

Lives up to the hype

A curious female protagonist in the form of Lisbeth Salander, hacker and social outcast. The male protagonist is Mikael Blomvist, journalist with the morals of a Swedish James Bond. Unusual as there are two quite distinct story lines running through the book, with the “missing persons case” being particularly puzzling. Gripping novel, although there are a few coincidences that are a bit of a stretch (daughter recently involved in bible studies conveniently and unexpectedly comes to visit and solves part of the puzzle, never to appear in the following two novels). A good mystery novel.

Gripping!

If you can get through the first few pages that set the scene in sometimes a confusing way, it's brilliant and far better than the movie. Its an intense thriller that I couldn't put down.

Fell for the hype and was disappointed

The Millenium Trilogy has to be the most slowest and boring set of books I have read to date. Stieg Larrson could have written all 3 books in 1. All three books take forever to get into and only the last 30% of the each book pick up pace and the story becomes interesting. I found he repeats everything he said in book 1 in book 2 and from book 2 into book 3. So many unnecessary characters are introduced to tell the same story which can cause confusion, particularly if you put the book down for longer than a week. If you are one of those readers who expects a book to grip you within the first 2-5 chapters, dont bother with this one. Rather watch the movies if you want to jump on the hype.

Fantastic and gripping

It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers an unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, corruption in the highest and unexpected connection between themselves.

Interesting read

I read this book on holiday after as a hand down from my cousin and thouroughly enjoyed it. It took about four chapters to get into it but then could not put it down. There are two stories intertwined into one, which makes it very interesting. This book has been directly translated and this is sometimes comical. As a non european reader it is sometimes difficult to relate to the names and places without having to look things up. I grew up in Europe and found I could relate. The main chahracters are not your run of the mill crime novel ones and this adds to the suspense. Overall I found this a great book and am busy reading the second book in the series. It is a pitty the author has passed away as I believe there was more to come ...

 

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