The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.

Harriet Vanger, a 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. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 14, 2008 – 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.

Customer Reviews

Great book, hard to put down.

This book is my favorite book I've ever read. The only downside of the book is it is very descriptive, in someways that's a good thing, but the Stieg Larsson goes a little too far. It's like he spends a whole chapter talking about how someone has their desk arranged. Overall this is great, would recommend to anyone willing to read such a slow paced novel.


I haven't read this but I will and I hope this book is good


I love a good mystery. This really delivers. "The Girl" is one of the most interesting characters created in a long time. When I finished this book I could not wait for the next. Unfortunately the author is no longer around to celebrate his success and the reading excitement he has given so many.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
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  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Sep 16, 2008
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 672 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Millennium Series

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