The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series #1)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series #1)

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series #1) by Stieg Larsson

Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel, the first in Stieg Larsson's thrilling Millenium series featuring Lisbeth Salander. Look for The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye featuring Lisbeth Salander, coming September 12th. 

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307454546
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Series: Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series , #1
Pages: 590
Sales rank: 17,890
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.96(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Stieg Larsson was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo. He was a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist organizations. He died in 2004, soon after delivering the manuscripts of the novels The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland.

Date of Birth:

August 15, 1954

Date of Death:

November 9, 2004

Place of Birth:

Västerbotten, Sweden

Place of Death:

Stockholm, Sweden

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17190 reviews.
onyxdragon More than 1 year ago
I've seen some complaints that it is too slow. To that I say, it's because of realism. Having done some investigative reporting stuff myself, I can say that the pace at which it starts into its mystery is completely believable. And the methods used as well. Is it a little slow in the first half? Yeah, but is that a bad thing? No. It's attention to detail and characterization, and a commitment to realism. And that's nothing to complain about. I've seen some opinions about the violence, and I didn't think it was overly graphic... nor without a point. I can't stand graphic violence with little to no point. But by the time you get to the end of the first book, at least for me anyway, I found myself fully appreciating his tackling this issue of violence against women in Sweden. And I finally both fully understood and appreciated the statistics regarding crimes against women that were inserted at the beginning of each new Part of the book. It seemed clear to me that Larrson wanted to let people know what life in Sweden can be like for a woman, and having no frame of reference to such before reading the book I found myself respecting Larrson for making this his main drive and theme of the story. I don't know... I can't complain. I think this is some of the best published writing I've read in a long time. I was never bored or disinterested. He kept me captivated from start to finish. My only complaint is that it's a little more vulgar and perverse than I usually care for. But even at that, he could have been much more perverse with as much promiscuity some of his characters indulged in; yet he often used the old school film method of setting the implication (or starting the process) and moving on to something else. Something with plot, something with character. Something we could care about. I just need to get the second in the series now, so I can pick up where it left off. OH, which reminds me, somebody said something about the end being a dud and that's said. It's called leaving loose ends, because it's a series and you want to keep your readers with you. If you resolve everything and walk away people won't come back--having been fully satisfied. My only hope is that the third (and final book he completed) has some full resolve or that they finally let his life-long companion finish his fourth one--which he was working on when he died. It really is a shame he left so early and that his works couldn't have been written and published earlier in life. It's reported he had 10 books in the series in mind. I guess we'll just have to make do with what he gave us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you get through the first quarter of the book its awesome! I usually put books down if they dont have me hooked by the first 3 pages but I read reviews and knew that the beginning was a bit slow so I kept at it and I'm so glad I did! I just finished the last in the series (The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest) and I was on the edge of my seat with all 3 books!!!
1Katherine1 More than 1 year ago
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is book is neither bloated nor overblown and it's absolutely wonderful that there are so many characters; it creates a rich reading experience. And besides, there is a family tree one can refer to. This book is highly interesting and engaging. I found that after the first couple of character introductory chapters that the mystery to be solved kept me wanting to keep reading! I enjoyed the complexity of the plot and enjoyed that Larsson takes his time and presents a story with depth. If you want a fast moving book filled with action this book isn't for you. But if you want a thoughtful book that deals with moral issues, has two very interestingly different protagonists (Blomkvist and Salander), has a humdinger of a mystery and yes, does have some intense action, then pick up a copy today!!
Tine06 More than 1 year ago
I am not sure of the age or intelligence of some of these reviewers but this is not a 5th grade read. You do need some intelligence and a very general knowledge of European culture to appreciate this book. The first 100 pages were not slow. They were used to clearly describe each character, their past, their occupation, their life, their sexual preferences so you gain an appreciation for their motives and behaviors as the story picks up. Just because the first 100 pages were not action packed does not mean they were boring or unecessary. Clearly some reviewers are just looking for lame action packed writing. This book is so much more and so much better. I am still not finished but find it hard to put down at night when I am falling asleep. The book involves a lot more sex and violence than I had expected but it fits perfectly and reaffirms the tenedencies of the characters. I am anxious for the conclusion and cannot wait to read the next two books in the trilogy. I definitely recomend this for any intelligent person who is not just looking for meaningless lame 'action-writing'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very reluctant to purchase this book based on the negative reviews, but a book that gets this much hype must be read despite reviews both positive and negative. I actually enjoyed the book. Yes it was long. No it didn't need to be that long to get to the point, but I liked the character development. I liked that I got to know the characters really really well. I like Salander and think that she's a very interesting person indeed. As for the mystery of the book. It got intense and then slowed down again to finish of the whole Wennersom affair which was also an interesting aspect of the book as well. All in all the book is worth reading. I'm thinking the others in the sequence will be just as good or better. I'm interested in learning more about Salander and Blomkavist as well!
jburke More than 1 year ago
This book is by a Swedish author and only recently published in the United States. It was great reading about Sweden from the Swedish perspective. Goes to show the that universal themes are always interesting - the main character Mikael "Bear" Blomkvist is hired to solve and/or write about the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, a daughter of a very wealthy family. She disappeared 40 years ago. Since Blomkvist is temporarily unemployed due to a financial reporting scandal, he takes the job. During his investigation he runs into Lizbeth Salandar a mysterious punk computer expert. Sounds like a romantic thriller? Well you are in for a rollercoaster ride of intrigue, secrets, an inditement of the Swedish mental health system and what is is like to live on the edge. Great book
kittykat59 More than 1 year ago
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a dark novel. The main characters are complicated but likable. If you try to think one step ahead of Salander forget it. She is dark, cynical, odd, and smart,I could go on but if you are interested in meeting her you must read this novel. It took me a while to get into it but when I did I could not put it down. Can't wait to read the next in the trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this book as a gift and had to force my way through it. Unlike some I did not have trouble with the characters I just did not like the story. I for one do NOT appreciate reading about violence against women especially in a VERY graphic manner. If it is vital to the story its one thing but I found some of it completely unnecessary. It was very slow and had to force myself to finish it. And just when I thought things were getting ended with a thud. Do not waste your money!
Crazy_reading_momma More than 1 year ago
This was a good read for someone who likes suspense, romance, and crazy families. If you like to be a fly on the wall and listen in on people's conversations to learn all of their deep dark secrets, this could also be your book! There was a lot of nonsense material in the book, where I can see some good editing could do away with about 100 pages without harming the overall story line. If you can get past the wordiness, the plot is thick and the bizarre turns make it hard to put it down. Enjoy :)
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
This was quite a good book. Very suspenseful with great intricate plot. enjoyed it
Sladester More than 1 year ago
I dont ever read mystery novels but i thought i would give this one a try and i loved every second of it. I would sit there reading for hours on end and into the night and through the morning. I had to keep reading because i wanted to know what happened next but also because i was scared at times to fall asleep. The book isnt dark or extremely scary but the thrill and the thought process make it a hard book to fall asleep with. I will definitely be reading the next two.
thewitness001 More than 1 year ago
I was just at the airport picking out a book to bring with me on the plane to read. I was in a rush to catch the plane. I walked over to the "Bestselling" shelf and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" By Stieg Larson, caught my eye. I quickly skimmed through the blurb; without a second thought,I bought the book, not knowing that it would leave me with such interest and would be placed in my top 20 all time favorite books. At first, the book may start off with no connection between the characters and may seem like a downer. But as soon as it gets to the point. It is the most thrilling, suspensful book that could leave you in awe.
LCH47 More than 1 year ago
This Compelling Fiction involving caustic family secrets, grisly serial killings, horrendous business miss-dealings on a grand scale and much more provide a complex plot. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative business journalist and co-owner of a magazine called, "Millennium", has just lost his reputation, his savings and his freedom after a nasty libel suit from an executive named Wennerström. His magazine lost its credibility and is on the road to lose everything. Eventually he makes a breakthrough and needs a good researcher, where Lisbeth Salander, a severe, petite, anorexic-looking, punk-dressing, tattooed genius investigator appears on the scene. Blomqvist's perceptiveness takes hold and Salander's edgy brilliance shines. He spots talents that Salander has kept secret all her life. As Salander lets some of her defenses down, a partnership develops that allows intense deduction and intuition, working up to a nail-biting conclusion that initiates a new set of problems to be faced in the second book, "The Girl Who Played with Fire". I found myself holding my breath a lot throughout this book! Whew! I recommend highly if you like to sit on the edge of your seat while you read! Great writing style, engaging plot, many complex layers, many unexpected twists, fascinating, NOT BORING characters, and much more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I put this book down at least a dozen times trying to get through the first few chapters, but I perservered and then I couldn't put it down. It was definitely offbeat, watching it unfold and wondering how all the characters came together was exciting. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a book that makes you think.
denise_twilight More than 1 year ago
I saw this book on the bestseller list in Barnes and Noble as well as in the NY Times and decided to give it a shot. I really liked it! Although it may seem at the beginning that you read about all these characters with no apparent relation to each other, it all develops into an intricate web of lies, deceit and basically everything that can go bad when money and power are involved.
It may be Harriet Vanger's disappearance that Mikael Blomkvist has to solve but along the way he finds out more than what he bargained for!
Camie More than 1 year ago
For originality alone, this book stands tall. The plot, the writing, the characters intertwine to tell a very intriguing story. It didn't drag at all and the ending really caught me off guard. Won't give away the story. This is good, very good. On to his next book in the trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a seriously suspensful read. It was difficult to get into in the beginning, but once the storyline is established you won't put it down. This is definitely somewhat of a dark thriller, and may offend certain readers at times. However, the plot is interesting and different, and keeps your attention well. It would be fascinating to use this book as a choice for a book club and really analyze the characters and themes presented. I found the character of Blomkvist to be well developed and relatable in many ways. I also enjoyed the imagery created by the author. I would absolutely recommend this book to others, and look forward to reading the next two novels by this author.
yellowfeather More than 1 year ago
After getting through the first sections of the book (all the financial/legal/business talk before I knew what I was reading or about to read), I ate this book up! It's a page-turner for sure. Impossible to put down. Larsson's writing style is perfection for this type of novel. His attention to detail and how he presents these details is brilliant. I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the mystery plot, as well as the characters. Lisbeth's actions are at times puzzling, but Larsson does a great job making the reader understand why she makes the unorthodox choices that she does, and what she has to deal with in regards to her social disorder. The suspense is perfectly balanced with the character work and the vivid scenery and backdrop of the novel. I couldn't WAIT to find out what what going to happen, but I didn't want it to end. I look forward to reading The Girl Who Played with Fire!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a "required" read for me, as it was chosen by my bookclub. I read the first 50 pages or so and my head was spinning. There were so many names (and it didn't help this was translated from Sweedish, so they were not 'typical names'). Once I got all the people sorted out, I could not put this one down. I gasped out loud and found myself thinking about what was going to happen next while I was away from the book. The 'ending' happened about 50 pages or so before the book was over, but it was still a good ending. Then I closed the book and found myself thinking about the people and wishing I knew more. Glad I found out this was the first in a Trilogy! It makes even more sense now that things ended the way they did. The 2nd Book, The Girl Who Played with Fire will be available in the US in July 2009.
Glad I read the first, look forward to the 2nd one. The translation was sometimes off (spelling of words and such) but it had no impact.
Lannie More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Carl and Lisbeth were endearing characters that you can't help but fall in love with. This book is beautifully and intelligently written with multiple twists and turns to reveal the puzzle pieces, that keep the reader glued to the pages. Wonderful! Just wonderful!! A couple of other books I'd like to recommend are EXPLOSION IN PARIS, by L. Pirrung and PERFECT, by Judith Mcnaught.
knittingnancy More than 1 year ago
This is one of the books I will put on my page of best 100 books I have ever read. The cast of characters is a bit confusing as they are introduced, and it doesn't help you to figure out who did the crime when you take realize that you dislike most of the characters under suspicion. The story initially starts when the publisher of a struggling magazine prints facts he cannot corroborate, and is in the process of trying to rebuild his life destroyed by the scandal. Finances force him to take on a job that may actually reverse his bad fortune. Little by little, we discover that which seemed true is false, and as the mystery unfolds, recognize that reality is not what it appears to be. The girl with the tatoo may just be the whole point of the trilogy...who can say until all 3 books are published in English? This particular novel is alot like life: complex, highly affected by seemingly unimportant details,and always influenced by things one doesn't truly understand. The title character is fascinating in her disordered order, and I am looking forward to getting to know her better in the next 2 of Larsons books. The writing style is more complex than typical mysteries, but the outcome is worth the struggle to keep one's mind wrapped around the actual facts. The real crime? The author of this book is deceased,
Hot4Books More than 1 year ago
I almost stopped reading this book within the first twenty minutes, but I could not be more thrilled I didn't! Don't let the first few chapters fool you.this is a book worth reading! I would recommend it because of its authentic & original characters. and of course its exhilarating plot. I'm so happy I continued to read this book and would recommend it to anyone & everyone! !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the paperback of the first book and then had the second two on audiobooks in my car (in Swedish). They were all completely gripping and I was just short of desperate when the end was drawing close. The stories are very cunningly woven together and you develop an admiration for the lead character. Highly, highly recommended. A tragedy that the author passed away a week after completing the series and that there will be no sequels.
livingthroughchanges More than 1 year ago
The book begins slow, but it is very descriptive. The author is very into the details of the characters and their surroundings. Once the plot thickens, you can't escape it. The story is very original and I fell in love with Mikael!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I started this book a while ago and after hearing about it on the site. It "sounded" exciting but as i got into the beggining the first 200 pages were extermeley hard to get through, it was way too much back story. It alomost felt as if i had to force myself to get through it. But once I did and get to the part were Sandler, who is really the main and best character in the book, came in to the light it got intresting. She is BEAST!!! Love her character because she is pictured as this fragile, little girl looking who is anti mankind, but she is really alot stronger and more intellegent then people give her credit for. Sandler made this book! Blomkist was a decent supporting character but the detail on his life is really the reason that i began to lose sight intrest in the book in the first place. Altogther once you really get in the plot line i felt like they focused to much on teh wrong things and people but when you find out who is doing the real bad its is shocking. In the end i really enjoyed half of the book. i still recommend it to people but not the best read ever.