The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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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 end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2008
Edition: 1st large print ed
ISBN: 9780739384152
0739384155
Branch Call Number: L FICTION LARSSON
Characteristics: 793 p. (large print) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Keeland, Reg 1943-

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gmoney83
Aug 25, 2019

4 stars - a great first book in a series that has a lot to say about female empowerment.
Reader beware, these novels have graphic descriptions of rape and abuse.

The novel and the series as a whole plays out as a detective story. A journalist who is has some time on his hands before he goes to prison (apparently in Sweden, you are free to walk around after you have been found guilty but before you go to prison). Our hero journalist uses his time to solve the mystery of a woman who has been missing for many years. One of the clues is that one of the relatives has been receiving a pressed and framed flower every year.
The main character works alongside a female hacker to solve the myster. Digging into the family history of this missing woman, we learn there is a history of sexual abuse. Larson writes a great detective story, it unfolds well and the twists and turns are revealed in a way that kept me interested. The problem I had with the books is that the men in this story range from being in the wrong place at the wrong time, to being pigs. I do not have a problem with a female getting revenge on someone who wronged her. If there are so many depictions of men being predators / abusers of women, can we also balance the story with a female villain?
It should be pointed out that Steig Larson was influenced by witnessing a woman being raped, he was very young and did not or could not take action in time to prevent the woman being raped.

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sketchedsoul
Aug 05, 2019

This was excellent and so disturbing at the same time. It's also book one of a trilogy. The story started of slow (like every book I've read with more than 600 pages) but be patient because the entire story comes together so perfectly. It's well written and despite being slow, it wasn't boring.

A discredited journalist is hired by a wealthy man to solve a murder. Parts of this book are disquieting enough that I would not recommend it to everyone.

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princessofburundi
May 27, 2019

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is popular for a great reason - it's excellent. I've consumed hundreds, if not thousands of crime novels over the past forty years, and this is one of the best.

I like it because it was intricate. Details were not spared. When one of the characters furnishes an apartment with IKEA furniture, we get to read exactly what she bought. When someone puts on a disguise, we get the entire description. That satisfied me very much. The narrative and the crime were imaginative, creepy, and wholly believable. A very, very good book.

for those who long for a reality which enfolds females into that 'righteousness by rights of their gender.' the protagonist is small and light, but she has a ferocious will to get revenge against big bad men who have harmed her; she also possesses martial arts skills, which helps her when things get all violent and stuff. she is a computer expert, to boot. in other words, she is a superhero, but not of the marvel type or of the dc type. ///written by a swedish writer who died shortly after completing the sequel to this one, this is an extremely popular READ. what a dreamland to live in, while you turn the pages! when she does bad things, it is always against those who deserve it, lest we feel guilty for cheering her on.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 20, 2019

pretty darn good! kind of graphic in a few parts, but definitely a good read!

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jeff1885
Jul 24, 2018

I love books where I miss something. I won't tell you what I missed because it's a spoiler for all of it, but I can hardly wait for the second book to come off my holds list.

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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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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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ReadRide77
May 25, 2017

Great Audio Book for long drives!
Starts a bit slow and intense with its verbiage but it's a great mystery!

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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

stephaniehjones Apr 15, 2012

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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