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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (July 5 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143170120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143170129
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.1 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. 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 by muckraking Swedish journalist Larsson. At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden's dirty not-so-little secrets (as suggested by its original title, Men Who Hate Women), this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple: disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, freshly sentenced to jail for libeling a shady businessman, and the multipierced and tattooed Lisbeth Salander, a feral but vulnerable superhacker. Hired by octogenarian industrialist Henrik Vanger, who wants to find out what happened to his beloved great-niece before he dies, the duo gradually uncover a festering morass of familial corruption—at the same time, Larsson skillfully bares some of the similar horrors that have left Salander such a marked woman. Larsson died in 2004, shortly after handing in the manuscripts for what will be his legacy. 100,000 first printing. (Sept.)
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“Dazzling…. Marvelous characters and a wonderful story built around the most difficult of all plots, the locked room…. It has everything a reader could want and more…. Don’t miss it.” - The Globe and Mail

“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

“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

“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

“The hottest book on the planet.” - Entertainment Weekly

“The ballyhoo is fully justified.… The novel scores on every front—character, story, atmosphere, translation.” - The Times (London)

“Already a blazing literary sensation internationally, Swedish journalist’s dark-hearted thriller … is now poised to burn up bestseller lists in America…. To the new breed of Watson and Holmes, skoal!” - Vanity Fair

“A striking novel, full of passion, an evocative sense of place and subtle insights into venal, corrupt minds.” - The Observer (UK)

“As vivid as bloodstains on snow—and a perfect one-volume introduction to the unique strengths of Scandinavian crime fiction.” - Lee Child

“Remarkable…. Like a blast of cold, fresh air to read…. 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 novels are a danger to public life. Parks become clogged with readers; the working world is paralyzed—all because no-one can let go of his books.” - Bams (Germany)

“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

“More than a book, a drug.” - Nouvel Observateur (France)

“Swedish crime fiction, like the country itself, has both class and a social conscience. It was only a matter of time before it produced its own War and Peace…. The plotting and pacing are masterful. No wonder Europe has gone wild over Blomkvist and his riveting sidekick.” - Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

“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…. Larsson uses his reportorial eye for detail and an instinctive sense of mood to create a noirish picture of Stockholm and a small island community … showing us both the bright, shiny lives of young careerists and older aristos, and a seamy underworld where sexual and financial corruption flourish.” - The New York Times

“When a writer delivers such a complex and fascinating portrayal like that of Lisbeth Salander all we can do is bow down in gratitude. It doesn’t get much better than this.” - Gefle Dagblad (Sweden)

“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

“A fascinating mystery of family and business dynamics with a splendid cast of characters…. Sex, death, money, power, intrigue—this novel has them all.” - The Edmonton Journal

“Wildly suspenseful ... 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 Mikaels dapper Holmes, and she's the coolest crime-fighting sidekick to come along in many years.” - The Washington Post

“A big, intricately plotted, darkly humorous work, rich with ironies, quirky but believable characters and a literary playfulness that only a master of the genre and its history could bring off.” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“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

“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

“A fine, complex and rewarding novel.” - Dallas Morning News

“In nearly a half-century of reading mystery and crime fiction, I can remember no more captivating or original character than Lisbeth.”— - Otto Penzler, editor of The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, owner of The Mysterious Bookshop

“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

“This novel is almost impossible to put down.” - Times-Colonist (Victoria, BC)

“The biggest Swedish phenom since ABBA.” - People

“With subplots tucked inside subplots like a set of nested Russian dolls, the book relies less on pulse-pounding action (though it has its moments) than on a meticulous exploration of both evidence and character, plus finely crafted revenge…. A summary only hints at the richness of this book.” - Houston Chronicle

“[Larsson] tells his crime story cleverly, but the zing in Dragon Tattoo is inked in its two central characters…. Lisbeth Salander has earned a spot in the sorority [of] my favorite gutsy females.” - The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“I doubt you will read a better book this year.” - Val McDermid

“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

“A compelling, well-woven tale that succeeds in transporting the reader to Sweden for a good crime story.” - Los Angeles Times

“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 review)

“A rip-roaring serial killer adventure.” - Mail on Sunday (UK)

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91 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Dragonfly on Sept. 14 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in french. It is the first part of a trilogy. This is not your "usual" thriller. The characters are very important and the author takes his time to present each one of them with the location in the first 100 pages. So the reader must not be impatient. The first book has a story in itself. The second book has the same main characters but the plot is different and the third book starts exactly where the second ends.
I thought the second was better than the first and the third was the best of the three.
The sad news is the author died of a heart attack just after giving the manuscript to his editor. So there will not be a fourth book.
This is a page turner, I could not put it down and everyone who read it (on my recommendation) loved it.
A definite MUST.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 17 2009
I was late in picking up the two first books of Stieg Larsson's trilogy and when I did I decided to leave them for the beach. I can now assure you that THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is much more than a summer page-turner.

The story flows effortlessly yet is full of unexpected turns. Looking back one can only admit that, although he did not see it coming, the outcome was to be expected. No suspension of disbelief required here, the story could easily have been taken from news-reports. Larsson was a master of understanding human nature and life's minute nuisances.
What is more, this book reminded me of the good old classics that contained a healthy dose of moral lessons within their gripping story. Good literature should entertain as much as it make you think.

The only thing I regret is not being able to read Larsson in the original Swedish (always a handicap) but as far as I can tell the translation (by Steven T. Murray, under the nom-de-plume of Reg Keeland) is fluid and very well done. No awkward phrasing or translation artifacts that would gum up the experience. The book might as well have been written in English.

It is very unfortunate that Larsson died so young. He would have had a stellar carrier as a writer in front of him. Non the less, his Millennium Trilogy is what he will be remembered by.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Canoester on Dec 30 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I heard so many good things about this trilogy that I bought all three books, hoping to read them through over the Christmas break. I had trouble getting through book 1 and may not finish the others.
I found that I disliked most of the main characters, including Blomkvist and Salander. I just didn't find them plausible or likeable. Without giving away too much, the dungeon scene involving all of the protagonists about 2/3 of the way through the book was just plain un-believable.
The Apple product placements, socialist politics and feminist propaganda were so overt that it really distracted from what could have been a good read.
The book often gets lost in details and was about 200 pages too long.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on March 2 2012
Format: Paperback
I have always had different tastes for books, and have never gotten into something that had been given a lot of attention. I had avoided this book and the series for that matter for a long time. I finaly gave in. I enjoyed the book, although it was not to die for like some people claim. It is almost an information or detail over load. Very well written, for sure. When I was done reading I thought, or great now I have to read the other two books for the ending. I am so glad I did cause they get better and better, and the information over load pays off after all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 25 2013
Format: Paperback
This was an excellent book...it's much better than the movie. It was a very interesting experience to read this book because, when I picked it up, I had forgotten that I had seen the movie a few years prior. As I read the first few chapters I kept thinking that it was familiar until bang, it hit me that I'd seen the movie (which was complicated, hard to follow because of the odd Sweedish names, dark, too much emphasis on Salander's dealing with her guardian). So, while it kind of spoiled some of the fun, I found the book so much better than the movie that it was still a very intriguing suspense. The ethical dilemma that Blomkvist faces toward the end of the book is a neat twist and so is the trick that Salander pulls. I look forward to reading the next book and see what happens to the Salander character (i.e., the girl with the dragon tattoo). That said, one of the comments on the book's jacket said that it was a "sexy thriller" -- what a moron...the sex in this book cannot be described as sexy unless you're a pervert...it's cruel, it's controlling and only very marginally fulfilling...talk about missing the point...It's a very intelligent story and I'm still amazed that I found the story of such a creepy/dysfunctional family to be entertaining... This author was so gifted...I give it 5 stars (excellent).
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 25 2008
Format: Hardcover
To me, this book is the most unexpected page-turning thriller I've read in some time. I couldn't wait for the next surprise.

I was reminded of first reading the early Ian Fleming books about James Bond, feeling like I'd entered a fascinating new world that I never had never dreamed of. But Stieg Larsson's writing is much better than Fleming's and these characters are more nuanced in their unusual characteristics.

The book defies normal novel categories. There are such a major story lines about both the hero and heroine that the novel would be more than adequate just developing those ideas. The mystery of a young woman's disappearance is more than adequate to sustain the interest of anyone who likes books about amateur detectives. In the background, there are dark secrets about a not-so-desirable family that would intrigue anyone who likes to read family sagas. What's remarkable is that these threads are very neatly combined so that you get a lot of story for your time, money, and reading pleasure.

Investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist has a problem: He's written something that he can't prove and has been sued for criminal libel. His blunder costs him his savings, his reputation, and his freedom while threatening the survival of his publication. How will he and the magazine recover?

Lisbeth Salander wants her freedom and finds it hard to win. Although she's tremendously talented, her past holds secrets that pin her down much as Gulliver was by the tiny ropes of the Lilliputians.

Henrik Vanger wants to find out what happened to his grand niece, Harriet Vanger, who disappeared while an accident was being handled near her home. Can he persuade Blomkvist to help him?
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