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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, Bk 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Millennium, Bk 1
Author: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translator)
Harriet Vanger, scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families, disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Tog...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780307454546
ISBN-10: 0307454541
Publication Date: 6/23/2009
Pages: 608
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 2088 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 21
I was prompted to read this book because I became intrigued by the unusual way in which this book got published. The author had waited until all three books in the series had been written before submitting them. I'd never heard of anything like that before and, adding to the intrigue was the fact that he died shortly thereafter. So I picked up a paperback at the grocery after reading the inside back cover about him.

It took me awhile to get into this first book, but once I did, I was mesmerized. The characters are fascinating, and the story is compelling. When finished, I was thrilled to find book #2 in hard cover, and I didn't want it to end. It is even better, and the characters gain even more depth. When I finished book 2, I sat there saying, "Wow. Wow. Wow." My husband looked at me oddly, and I said, "What an ending!" I'm grateful Book #3 is due out fairly soon, but I know I'm going to be deeply saddened by the thought that it will be the last we will hear from this amazing writer.

To honor him and his achievement, I ordered a hard cover copy of book #1, so that eventually I will have all three in hard cover.

I hope before he died that he knew his books were going to be published - and that he has family who are able to see how his writing has impacted readers around the world. A thousand gold stars!
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Helpful Score: 9
The first word that comes to mind when describing this book is BRILLIANT - absolutely brilliant. It starts out slow, and I struggled with the first hundred pages or so that introduce the main characters, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, and title character Lisbeth Salander, the anti-social computer hacker. Blomkvist is hired by Henrik Vanger of the dynastic Vanger Corporation to look into the mysterious unsolved disappearance of his niece 40 years ago. He does not really expect to do any better than the police that have diligently and thoroughly investigated, but when an attempt is made at his life he realizes he has uncovered something - but how is it connected? The story really picks up the pace and becomes totally engrossing as we follow Mikael's and Lisbeth's separate paths that slowly intertwine, and the last two hundred pages are un-putdownable - and here I am at 1:30 in the morning writing a review. This is so different from your typical thriller, and the characters are wonderfully drawn and completely fascinating. This will definitely make my top 5 of the year!
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Helpful Score: 7
This book is a total page turner and I couldn't put it down! I didn't think I would enjoy a locked room mystery anymore because so many authors just don't do it justice. Stieg Larsson has fooled me a couple of times throughout this book when I've tried to pinpoint who the real murderer was and the conclusion of this book was startling but satisfying.

I don't know much about Sweden but the novel is so very atmospheric and the author does a very good job explaining certain societal structures that I would otherwise not know.

I highly recommend this book but I must say that it really isn't for those who are easily squeamish.
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Helpful Score: 6
The book started slowly for me but quickly gained momentum after the financial scandal section, I was not able to put it down for at least the next 300 pages. Larsson has built the suspense extremely well in the creepy episodes and then sewed it all up very well in the end while leaving the story open to a whole new mystery which will continue in his next book. The characters are believable and the plot interweaves criminal and financial intrigue to an intense and satisfying climax. One of the blurbs on the back of the book quotes that it is "a cross between Silence of the Lambs and Ingmar Bergman". I would add John Grisham into the mix as well.
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Helpful Score: 6
Wow, really really good. If you like mystery this one doesn't disappoint. The translation from Swedish to English was very good. You feel like you are in Sweden. Couldn't put it down. A must read.
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reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, Bk 1) on + 6 more book reviews
LOVED IT. Won't be letting this one go. The first 150 pages or so I wasn't sure if I liked it but I kept going. And then for the next little bit I wasn't sure if I liked BUT I wanted to know what was going to happen. I was very intrigued and then out of nowhere it hit me that I really liked and could not put it down. I liked to so much that I couldn't wait for my turn on Paperback Swap to get The Girl Who Played with Fire so I went out and bought it. I highly recommend this book. Just remember that you got to keep with it for a bit for it to get "good" but once it does it gets REALLY good. You will not be disappointed.
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It was like many other reviewers said, slow moving but with intriguing characters. He did a pretty good job of having several sub-plots going, although some of it hit me as unrealistic (2 independently wealthy brothers hating each other and not talking to each other for decades). I don't know if something was lost in translation, but the author seems to wander aimlessly (perhaps part of the Swedish psyche?), thelling us on a frustrating day when absolutely nothing happen to bring the story along, he read a Sue Grafton novel. A more insightful person than me may seem how that adds to the story.
The author made up Hedestad and Hedeby Island, where much of the story takes place, (it's said that other places are authentic). The Swedish version has maps of the fictional Hedeby Island, but not the English version. They can be found at
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Won't rehash the storyline on this book, as it's shown above. Loved this book, loved the characters. Highly recommend.