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Engrossing, Satisfying, Mystery/Thriller

  • Jul 14, 2010
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Mikael Blomkvist was a financial investigative reporter, and publisher, for Millennium magazine. That was until he was convicted of libel after he published an article on Swedish businessman Hans-Erik Wennerström. For that, he is to spend three months in prison and pay a hefty fine. His career as a journalist is in serious doubt and he resigns from his position of publisher of Millennium. However, a Swedish industialist, Henrick Vanger commissions him to write his biography and that of his company Vanger Corporation. The commission will provide him with a substantial payday. Henrick, however, has an ulterior motive; years ago, his grand niece, Harriet Vanger, went missing and is presumed dead. He would like Mikael to turn his investigative eye on that incident, to determine who in his family murdered her.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson, is much like a locked room murder mystery. On the day Harriet went missing, an accident tied up traffic on the only access point from the island where the Vanger family was holding a meeting. All of the Vanger clan was present and there was no way on or off the island for several hours. Yet, Harriet's body was never found. As he writes the biography, Mikael discovers he has a need for a very good research assistant, and is recommended to contact Lisabeth Salander, a "strange" twenty-four year old, more at home in front of her computer than dealing with others. The relationship starts on rocky ground, as it is revealed that Lisabeth performed a very thorough background check of Mikael for Henrick Vanger. It is an interesting pairing, one that begins to uncover a truth that may turn deadly.

Stieg Larsson crafted a complex, well executed mystery with excellent characters. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starts slowly, which may tax some readers. It is also rather complex, especially when dealing with the extended Vanger family. To alleviate some confusion, a Vanger family tree is included, thankfully, and will be used many times during reading. For some readers, dealing with Swedish names and places may also pose some challenges. However, after the first 100 pages, or so, it gets much easier. And much more rewarding. Mikael and Lisabeth are excellent characters; complex, interesting, unforgettable, and one's with which the reader empathize. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo keeps your interest, and keeps you reading long past a normal hour, due to the story arcs; the history of the Vanger family, Mikael's resurrection as an investigative journalist, Lisabeth's attitudes and maturation, and the mystery of Harriet Vanger. Highly recommended.

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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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