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
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.
'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.
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.
Stieg Larsson was the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Expo. He was a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist organisations. He died in 2004, soon after delivering the text of the novels that make up the Millennium Trilogy.
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Reviewed by Shamim from Cape Town, South Africa on 23 July 2012
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
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.
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Reviewed by Kim from Cape Town on 12 July 2012
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
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.
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Reviewed by Unknown from South Africa on 15 November 2012
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A most intriguing and attention capturing book I have read in a long time!
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