The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Kindle Edition by Stieg Larsson
Click Here to Download the Book 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 catchâ€”and there's always a catchâ€”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 really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
Reviews The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is both an elaborate and well-designed murder mystery and a story of financial intrigue, and though Lisbeth Salander -- the tattooed girl -- isn't the main character, she's most certainly the most intriguing one. Without her, the book might actually still be good. But it rises above most fiction because the author, now deceased, understood that Salander gives the book its rush. (By rush, I don't mean this is a speed read; it isn't. Translated from Swedish, readers may stumble on unfamiliar names and settings.) The basic story revolves around the mysterious disappearance of Harriet Vanger some forty years earlier, and the efforts of defamed journalist Mikael Blomkvist to find out what happened. He's working on behalf of Vanger's uncle, who heads an internationally recognized company that's been on the skids for years. The Vanger family is large and to call it dysfunctional would be an understatement, although that isn't immediately apparent. I'm generally not a fan of financial mysteries. My mind just doesn't turn in that direction. But boy, this one swept me off my feet. I'm just sorry that author Stieg Larsson won't be able to write anymore.
I first read the whole series in French and when I picked up the English translation at the bookstore, I was surprised by the title. The French title was "Les hommes qui n'aimaient pas les femmes" (Men who did not like women) and it was really a good inkling of how women were treated in the book. Lisbeth Salander, our computer genius geek, asocial and non-conformist survives abuse, internment, rape, etc. and she has the uncanny ability to make people she chooses to be part of her life care in the most human way. She doesn't ask for help, never. Life taught her not to depend on anybody. Crossing her path is Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist that has been hired by a rich industrialist to solve a murder that happened in his family decades before. Blomkvist brews trouble by his quest for the truth. Lisbeth kind of immerse herself in Blomkvist quest and they form an odd pair. They feel so real that you get sucked into the story. Suspense, mystery and a hard look at the Swedish society that is part of an extreme right movement surging through many European countries.
I couldn't put it down and the story still inhabits me.
For the past couple of years, I've seen this title around, I've heard people talking about it. Either love it or they just don't get the hoopla about its popularity. But I kept my distance...until recently. A few of my friends have been after me to read it, they wanted to have a group discussion. I checked at the library, but there was an absurd amount of people ahead of me that I just went out and bought myself a copy. I found the first hundred pages or so slow. Don't get me wrong I was enjoying the story but I wanted the author to get to the point. And all of the sudden it just picked up and I felt like I was bombarded with tons of info and with all that information my emotions were all over the place. And I couldn't keep my hands off the book. I wanted and I needed to discover what or who was behind the mysterious disappearance. But there was also my curiosity about the secondary mystery of the story, the Wennerstrom issue, was Blomkvist set up or was he telling the truth. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed both Blomkvist and Salander. They are great characters, they both have their own issues to deal with, Blomkvist needing to put his life back together after the trial and Salander dealing with a creepy lawyer, and wanting a sense of normalcy. I think the author only scratched at the surface of Salander's personality and background. And I cannot wait to see more of her.
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