The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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14 Critic Reviews

a striking novel, full of passion, an evocative sense of place and subtle insights into venal, corrupt minds.
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Synopsis

An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.

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.


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Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on antidemocratic right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
 
Published September 16, 2008 by Vintage. 658 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Action & Adventure, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, History, Religion & Spirituality, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
All: 14 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
Jul 15 2008

the last 50 pages are inevitably anticlimactic... Juicy melodrama obscured by the intricacies of problem-solving

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Peter Guttridge on Jan 05 2008

a striking novel, full of passion, an evocative sense of place and subtle insights into venal, corrupt minds.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Alex Berenson on Sep 14 2008

...if the middle section of “Girl” is a treat, the rest of the novel doesn’t quite measure up. ...The story of his revenge is boring and implausible... “Girl” ends blandly.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Zoltaire on Feb 19 2012

fast-paced with extremely well-drawn characters... one of the best reads I've had in a long time.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Ellen Wernecke on Sep 17 2008

Larsson's leads are oddly attractive in their complete disinterest in being liked... Because they're so well-developed, their bizarre paths, studded with moments of absurd humor... become believable

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Deirdre Donahue on Oct 08 2008

The Sweden Larsson describes is almost as compelling as his heroine... Larsson's mesmerizing tale succeeds because... he has written a why-dunit rather than whodunit.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Jonathan Gibbs on Feb 24 2008

never feels like a by-the-numbers thriller. The twists and revelations work all the better for being worked for, rather than flung at the reader, two to a page.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Helfand on Sep 21 2008

a big, intricately plotted, darkly humorous work, rich with ironies, quirky but believable characters and a literary playfulness that only a master of the genre and its history could bring off.

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Seattle PI

Excellent
Reviewed by Rhetta Akamatsu on Dec 29 2011

This novel is fast-paced, engrossing, and frustrating in the best possible way. Every time one mystery is solved, something else happens before you even have time to wonder what comes next.

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Annenberg Digital News

Below average
Reviewed by Michael Chasin on Feb 25 2012

The prose is dispassionate, the events depicted as coldly as the wintery setting... The story never really gains a pace quick enough to justify the immensely slow set-up, and the payoff isn't exactly shocking so much as a matter-of-fact revelation.

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Euro Crime

Good
Reviewed by Maxine Clarke

I very much enjoyed this powerful book which combines a good story with haunting characters and a crusading message.

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Knitting and Sundries

Good
Reviewed by Julie on Oct 30 2010

There is intrigue ... old stories ...a serial killer ... a sadist or two ... mystery, and incest, and familial rivalry and strife ...you want to keep turning pages to see what is going to happen next.

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A Separate State of Mind Blog

Good
Reviewed by Elie on Jun 27 2011

a must read to anyone who enjoys an immersing novel to entertain their days (and nights). It is a book that you won’t be able to let down... a serious page turner

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John Baker's Blog

Below average
Reviewed by John Baker on Jan 16 2009

recurring feeling that what I was reading really needed a good editor... it is the usual crime novel with a client and an investigator, a set of enigmatic clues and a romp through to a conclusion.

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