The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Book - 2008/09/16
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Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family, her octogenarian uncle hires journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, an unconventional young hacker, to investigate.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008/09/16
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780307269751
0307269752
Branch Call Number: FICTION LARSSON
Characteristics: 465 p
Additional Contributors: Keeland, Reg

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7626dee
Apr 27, 2018

Would likely be better read in Swedish, I detect problems in the translation. The story line is excellent but the author will drag you along through often unnecessary descriptions and asides since he is writing the long game for a trilogy and he is getting you ready for the next two books. The title character may be one of the best ever developed for fiction but is painfully slow to develop as we must try to accept that Blomkvist is the main character. The clue is in the title and like most Swedish crime novels this is going to be a very dark trip. Swedes must be some of the nastiest people on the planet as I have read a lot of their crime fiction and they are a violent brood with not too thinly repressed Nazi tendencies.

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meganevans1
Feb 08, 2018

Definitely worth reading. It's beautifully constructed, everything from the plot to the way it's written is brilliant. Reading it was a pleasure. Wholeheartedly recommend it. You can't go wrong with this one. :)

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cool_caleb
Dec 19, 2017

Why the heck I didn't read it earlier!

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carlosgil
Dec 13, 2017

Larson’s novel is the first of the so-called Millenial Series, a trio of highly popular murder mysteries set in Sweden, the author’s home. Carl Michael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander star in this story and I presume Larson, who died after completing the trilogy, employs these main characters in all three fables (I have not read the other two: The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.) He is a detective and she is a punky, leather-jacketed rebel who becomes his very capable assistant and lover.

Blomkvist and Salander get the job of solving the disappearance and probable death of a niece of a Swedish industrialist in this novel. The plot thus allows the author to slowly unveil the suspects who turn out to be the industrialist’s relatives, discarding one after another until the mystery is solved in the final pages.

The translation of Larson’s writing into English probably reflects the simple and spare style of the original and so it reads easily. Tensions in the tycoon’s family provide the complexity in this tale. Murder mysteries fall outside of my favorite reading fare, still I can say that this work entertained me well enough.

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pantuday
Apr 08, 2017

Absolutely loved it. Slow to begin with, the second half of the book just kept me up all night.

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thy_nguyen
Mar 18, 2017

I love this book! The first 150 pages were boring but once you power through those pages, it gets much better and more suspenseful.

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ChChlibgirl
Feb 13, 2017

This is easily one of my favourite books of all time. A brick of a book, I read it in no time at all. It is rich in detail; which may not appeal to everyone, but it had so many elements that I loved that the detail just served to better paint the picture. Murder mystery, police procedural, political commentary, twisted love story, abusive relationships...what an intriguing novel.

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PearlyBaker
Jan 25, 2017

I have never said this before but I think I enjoyed the movie better. I'm talking about the original not this American rubbish. Speaking of American rubbish, can you believe our president is a coked up narcissistic, reality TV star who tweets every time his feelings are hurt or he has a paranoid delusion? I'm so embarrassed that I refuse to travel abroad anymore sans my crisp, white Prada shirt and fake Italian accent.

ArapahoeHannah Jan 03, 2017

Such a thrilling and intense piece of work. I was gripping the book the entire time!

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mogie
Feb 27, 2016

I had put off reading this book for some time. Maybe this time the timing was right as I got through it quickly. Unlike other reviews, I did not find it slow at the beginning as I knew that it was setting up the novel. It was a good read. Not something that I would re-read but worthwhile.

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Nov 03, 2012

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gabym17
Apr 18, 2017

“Friendship- my definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don't have trust, the friendship will crumble.”

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UnwrittenMadness
Jul 07, 2016

I’ve had many enemies over the years. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s never engage in a fight you’re sure to lose. On the other hand, never let anyone who has insulted you get away with it. Bide your time and strike back when you’re in a position of strength—even if you no longer need to strike back.

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TGPretender
Mar 12, 2015

Sexual Content: Instances of gratuitous rape, mentions of rape, and other sexual situations.

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britprincess1
Nov 03, 2012

Sexual Content: Some sex, and one explicitly graphic scene

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britprincess1
Nov 03, 2012

Violence: Some murder and graphic violence

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britprincess1
Nov 03, 2012

Coarse Language: Some harsh wording and cusses (the F-word, uses of words like "whore")

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britprincess1
Nov 03, 2012

Other: Smoking; alcohol; bisexuality, which some religious individuals may frown upon

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britprincess1
Nov 03, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Many intense scenes

stephaniehjones Apr 15, 2012

Violence: Murder

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Sexual Content: Rape, Incest - Graphic

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sairen42
Nov 11, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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sairen42
Nov 11, 2010

Sexual Content: Vivid sexual assault upon a young adult.

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Rotca1 Aug 10, 2012

Well-written suspense drama. Lisbeth Salander is a superwoman who hacks her way to the resolution of previously unsolved mysteries. But is she lucky in love ... ?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 05, 2012

The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong

soundguy1999 Sep 12, 2011

Fascinating story. Well written.
I found this book riveting, Entertaining and a great read.
Even though parts are not for the squeamish. And the end is a little anticlimactic. I would put this on My highly recommend list.

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rtwete
Feb 25, 2011

Lisbeth Salander & Michael Blomqvist investigate 40 year ago disappearance of Harriet Vanger, upon request of her uncle Henrick Vanger. Lisbeth is expert computer hacker, also kind of socially inept.

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