The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a mystery about a fourteen year old girl, Harriet Vanger who disappeared forty years before the novel starts.

Since the book is set in Sweden, some of the character names may be unfamiliar or difficult to pronounce for American readers.

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This novel is the first book in the best-selling trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Henrik Vanger, a wealthy, aging business mogul, hires main character Mikael Blomkvist, a middle aged journalist with his career in decline due to a libel case to uncover the mystery of what happened to his niece.

Lisabeth Salander the twenty-four year old character after which the novel is titled is a highly skilled computer hacker who joins Mikael’s investigation of the wealthy Vanger family.

Under the pretense of writing the family history, Mikael and Lisabeth investigate the dark secrets of the Vanger family’s past.

If you enjoy this book, you’ll also like the follow up novels in this series. After Salander’s adventures in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Swedish author Larsson continued the series with The Girl Who Played with Fire followed by The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

What makes this series so appealing to reader’s across the board is Larsson’s mastery of hard hitting characters including the dysfunctional Vanger family. While the book may have a slower pace in the beginning, it does pick up and the exhilarating mystery begins.

The alliance that Lisabeth Salander and Mikael form is a quest for truth in a world where truth kills. As this duo grows closer to discovering the key to the old mystery, they will uncover grotesque secrets that some members of the family will kill to keep.

Larsson, the author of this compelling trilogy died of a heart attack in November 2004, shortly after selling his manuscripts to a publishing house.

According to several popular websites, Larsson was two hundred pages into the fourth book that is unfortunately unpublished and is currently controlled by his long time partner, Eva. There is speculation that his death was not a natural one.

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At one online retailer this book has over fifteen hundred reviews. With so many different reviews, you can rest assured there are a variety of opinions on this book.

Whether readers loved or hated The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, most agree that the author portrays violence against women in several shockingly graphic scenes that may make some but not all readers feel uncomfortable with the book content.

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