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Subject: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Date Posted: 12/3/2008 10:09 AM ET
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson

I finished this book last night and wanted to highly recommend it to all of my buddies here on the mystery/thriller forum.  It was gripping--I did not want to put it down.  Reminded me in some ways of the first Lynley and havers book (Elizabeth George), but even better!  Even now I can't get it out of my head!  I highly suggest adding this one to your WL if you haven't already!

Unfortuantely, mine was a library book so I can't post it here. :-(

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 6:38 PM ET
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I'm glad to read a good PBSer review! I've had this one on my WL for a while now. I think I'll go see where I am in the queue!
Date Posted: 12/3/2008 6:41 PM ET
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Hmm...I'm 58 of 101 wishers. I hope the list moves quickly. I'm a little leery of reading this one because I know that there will not be others because the author passed away. I tend to get hooked on authors.
Date Posted: 12/3/2008 6:45 PM ET
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Yup, I really liked it, too!  From the description I assumed I knew how the plot would play out........WRONG!  It was surprising and very intertaining!  LOVED IT! 

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 7:38 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/4/2008 10:51 AM ET
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I've seen it at the sony site and thought it looked interesting, but I'm glad to see that confirmed.

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 4:20 PM ET
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There are actually 3 books in this series--only the first (Dragon Tattoo) has been translated to English...the other two will be translated and released next year I think. I recently acquired Dragon Tattoo from a friend who also highly recommended it. I don't think it will be on my TBR too long!


Date Posted: 12/4/2008 4:40 PM ET
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I'll be the dissenting opinion here:  I was somewhat disappointed.  It was a good book, but IMHO didn't live up to the hype.

Here is my review:

After rave reviews in Europe, this book is finally coming to the US with much fanfare. American readers of literary fiction who also enjoy a whodunnit mystery will appreciate the multiple plot lines that interweave as the characters lives intersect. The primary plot concerns Mikhail Blomkvist, who as a disgraced reporter begins the investigation of a cold case murder. As he digs deeper into the history of the victim's family, he uncovers dark personal and financial secrets within the family. Of course because this is a thriller someone is not happy that these secrets may see the light of day and sets out to stop him.

The cause of the Mikhail's disgrace is another mystery, and is the focus of the beginning and end of the novel. Unfortunately the first hundred pages or so are the slowest. The family history is complicated, and I found it necessary to frequently refer to the family tree printed in the beginning of the ARC I was reading. Only once Mikhail partners with the girl with the dragon tattoo who helps solve these mysteries does the pacing of the book pick up speed, and it does so exponentially. At times this book was difficult to put down.

This book has received much praise by critics in Europe because of the commentaries it makes about race relations, financial corruption, and misogyny in Sweden. As an American reader with virtually no knowledge about Sweden I did feel that my ignorance made me not appreciate some aspects of this book fully. However, the fascinating characters and complex plot lines should be enough to win over a wide American audience for this book. Highly recommended for mystery readers looking for a smart and original read - it should appeal to fans of Sharp Objects.

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Date Posted: 12/4/2008 8:23 PM ET
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Oh, you know what?  I was thinking of the wrong book!  The Gargoyle is what I was talking about!  I did read both, and yes The Girl w/Tattoo was good, but not near as good as The Gargoyle!  Sorry for mixing up reviews!