The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Paperback)

Author: Larsson, Stieg

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Mystery within a mystery

on 11/29/2009

It's the story of Mikael Blomkvist a financial expose journalist on the day he's convicted of slander against a major Swedish industrialist. He has to pay a hefty fine that may sink his magazine and he has 3 months to spend in jail. The story also follows Lisbeth Salander a socially awkward girl with lots of secrets, and an uncanny ability to research anyone and anything. Their intersection is one Henrik Vanager an aging Swedish industrialist who can't let go of his great-nieces disappearance and likely murder. Henrik asks Mikael to write a book on the Vanger family as a pretext for his one-last-ditch attempt to solve Harriet Vanger's murder...and he suspects a Vanger. As you meet the Vanger family, you realize that one's worse than the other, that anyone could have been guilty of murder for a variety of reasons. Through a bit of contrived circumstances, and some foreshadowing in Lisbeth's life, she comes to be Mikael's research assistant in hunting down the killer. You find the killer and then you find more and then you find the truth. The character development is slow, Lisbeth's story most intriguing, and Mikael an unwitting hero. If anyone read The Book of Air and Shadows, he reminded me of Jake Mishkin. Read More

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This book is so addictive that it should come with

on 4/19/2012

Yes, it's that good. Journalist Mikael Blomquist is hired by a business tycoon to investigate what happened to his nice who vanished a long time ago. He teams up with hacker Lisbet Salander, who is a great character. Imagine a story that diggs into the one family's darkest seacret. A story that makes twists and turns you wouldn't expect. And imagine a grown up Pippi Longstocking teaming up with journalist Blomquist to solve the mystery. This is one of the best mystery books ever written. This is blockbuster material. Be patient through the first chapters, before the story really takes off. It will be well worth it! Read More

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Perfectly timed before the July publication of Larsson''s second book in this series--"The Girl Who Played with Fire"--this international publishing sensation introduces readers to Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, the stars of both contagiously exciting books.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780307454546
SKU 210456672
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0307454541
Release Date 6/23/2009
Sales Rank 5322
Author Info
Stieg Larsson
The story of Swedish writer Stieg Larsson is filled with the same mystery, drama, and darkness which mark his phenomenal bestselling trilogy of "Millennium" novels, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST. ||Larsson was born in a small Swedish village in 1954, and was initially raised by his grandparents. Young Stieg was heavily influenced by his grandfather Severn, a devout anti-fascist who spent time in a work camp during World War II because of his resistance to Sweden's cooperation with the Nazis. After his grandfather died, nine-year-old Stieg moved back in with his parents and younger brother. ||By the time he was a teenager, Larsson was a strong supporter of the Communist party and an active political demonstrator. In 1972, he met Eva Gabrielsson at a protest against the Vietnam War, and they remained a couple for the next 32 years, though they never married for reasons of personal safety. For most of his adult life, Larsson vigorously pursued two passions--anti-fascism and science fiction. In addition to working full-time as a graphic designer, he became a prominent journalist and lecturer campaigning against fascism and hate groups, and also edited several science fiction magazines and was the president of the biggest science fiction fan club in Sweden. In 1991, he published his first nonfiction book, which openly explored Sweden's festering culture of right-wing extremism. One neo-Nazi journal responded to the book by publishing Larsson's photo and address, officially enacting a nefarious campaign against his life which would haunt him to his grave. Larsson eventually became so adept and accustomed to dealing with death threats that he authored a pamphlet instructing other journalists how to protect themselves from such enemies.|In 1995, Larsson founded the Swedish Expo Foundation, and became the editor of "Expo," the foundation's magazine, which was modeled after the British anti-fascist journal "Searchlight." He routinely worked 60-80 hours per week at "Expo," and became even more of a target for right-wing groups. In order to relax at night, Larsson began writing what he originally planned to be a ten-part series of mystery novels starring a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist and a punk-rock computer savant name Lisbeth Salander, whom he imagined as an adult version of Swedish children's icon Pippi Longstocking. Larsson eventually finished three (and a half) novels before he died of a massive heart attack in November of 2004, a few months before his official debut as a mystery writer. As of early 2010, the "Millennium" trilogy has sold more than 27 million copies worldwide. Although Larsson had stated that he wanted the assets of his estate to go towards the Swedish Socialist Party, he never finalized his will, so all of the proceeds of his books have gone to his father and brother, with the Swedish authorities taking a healthy cut thanks to inheritance taxes. But Eva Gabrielsson has the only copy of the uncompleted manuscript for the 4th book, and she has said that she will never publish it unless she gets the rights to Larsson's other books in order to distribute his earnings as he would have wished.
"The ending of THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE...comes straight out of a horror movie: it's gory, harrowing and operatically over the top. The reason it works is the same reason that DRAGON TATTOO worked: Mr. Larsson's two central characters, Salander and Blomkvist, transcend their genre and insinuate themselves in the reader's mind through their oddball individuality, their professional competence and, surprisingly, their emotional vulnerability."
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Annotation Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson penned the Millennium trilogy, which landed on American shores with great anticipation with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. It's the story of a financial journalist who agrees to investigate a 40-year-old kidnapping in exchange for help with his legal woes. The journalist teams up with a rebellious but savvy young computer hacker, and together the unlikely duo unravel the horrifying, shocking truth at the heart of the case. A complex, intelligent work, Larson's novel became so popular in Denmark that it outsold the Bible. Larsson, however, never got to witness the success of his books, for he died shortly after completing the series.
First Line It happened every year, was almost a ritual. And this was his eighty-second birthday.
Editors Note Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by her powerful family, her uncle, convinced that she had been murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional clan, hires journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, an unconventional young hacker, to investigate. Simultaneous.
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Number of Pages 0608
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