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Best Crime Novel Ever

  • Jul 4, 2010
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+5


Though its got a slow start, The girl with the dragon tattoo gets better and better....adding more and more clues, incidents, and questions, and drawing the reader in. Stieg Larsson, a Swedish author, is incredibly talented in this area, following all the clues and even adding smaller side stories in the sequels to this book. I felt like I was reading a real, live, emotionally gripping and intelligent book. Whereas most crime novels jump from fact to scene to fact, taking those journey's in between for granted, Larsson follows each character, each fact, each side fact, til he gets to where he needs to go. This sounds exhausting, but really i feel like Larsson is insisting his readers be intelligent too. he knows what he is talking about.

This is the book that got me into crime novels, and i havent found other books like it. Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investiage a forty year old crime, and he enlists a rebellious young compuer genius woman named lisbeth salander to help him. Together they solve the crime and unlock a dirty family secret.
 these characters are very well developed, though you dont learn more until you finish all three books. THough a large part of the narrative follows Blomkvist, Salander is the major character who undergoes a character arc by the end of the story. Though she acts like a tough chick, and trust me she is, she is super intelligent, but like a wounded dog not sure if everyone around her is going to hit her or comfort her.
Great books, perfect for men and women, young adults and up. Great film adaptation too, though its in Swedish. you can probably find some english subtitled ones online, and an english adaptation is in the works.

 



 



 



 

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October 12, 2010
i was living in Sweden when these books were getting big there and read them before they really hit America. A lot of people are not crazy about the characters because they dont seem to be very moral or nice or pleasant for the most part, and maybe too sexually promiscuous. i just want to note that Sweden has a very liberal sexual view- one night stands are totally standard- and their crime novels tend to be, in my limited experience a bit darker, a bit more gritty. Sweden is almost the homeland of crime novels actually :) they have a very long history there. salander is one of the most dynamic female characters in literature- she is very moral, almost too moral beyond reason. She looks objectively at everything, even in cases where she maybe shouldn't- as in being angry with Harriet for not revealing her secret earlier. mikael is moral too, as well as a simple man who likes and respects women, as well as sex. EVERYONE should read all three books before they venture to make an opinion about the characters. Things will be so much clearer, and I think people will really understand why these books are so great!
October 12, 2010
OK, good idea.
 
October 11, 2010
By the way, use the editor to check your spelling. I read this book and though it is not the greatest crime novel ever (ever read Agatha Christie?) it was entertaining.
October 12, 2010
never read agatha christie, think that "Greatest Crime Novel" is purely subjective, know how to spell, figured everyone reading would be smart enough to understand what i meant, spelling mistakes or not. Sorry if you had trouble ;)
October 12, 2010
A clean text is easier to read. "Investiage" is a bit much. Just lazy writing, but I understand. Use the 'show text editor'. I use my word processor and type up and clean it up before posting, usually.  Agatha Christie was one of the greatest crime novelists of the early 20th century.  Although a bit dated by today's standards, she is rather a good read.
 
August 03, 2010
I have yet to read this book because it's all hype and I hate reading with the bandwagon. However, your review makes me want to start reading it now. The way you described it and how you and everyone else rated it +5. So, I'm not sure if I should thank you sincerely or sarcastically because now I'm just itching to read the book that the rest of the world is interested in. :] Thanks(?).
 
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Amazon Best of the Month, September 2008: Once you startThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you reallydon'twant to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. --Dave Callanan

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ISBN-10: 0307269752
ISBN-13: 9780307269751
Author: Stieg Larsson
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Vintage
Date Published: September 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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