The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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33 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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About Stieg Larsson

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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 June 30, 1904 by Alfred a Knopf Inc. 658 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Action & Adventure, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, History, Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
All: 33 | Positive: 26 | Negative: 7

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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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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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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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by mariakozhuhar on Apr 13 2014

All in all, I believe The Girl with Dragon Tattoo is the best book I read by far this year and it has a special place in my heart because of that, so I strongly advise everybody to read it!

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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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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Zoltaire on Feb 18 2012

The relationship between Blomkvist and Salander is touching but tense, which adds to the sexual intrigue. Though the descriptions are sometimes overwritten, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of the best reads I’ve had in a long time.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Rhetta Akamatsu on Dec 29 2011

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is highly recommended for the reader who likes smart, complex puzzles and unusual, complex characters. You won’t quickly forget Blomkvist or Salandar.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on Aug 09 2010

This book goes into some dark aspects of human nature. It’s well-written and it definitely makes you think. It brings to light the different levels of love, torture, sexual attraction and ethical morals. If you want a great read with a touch of philosophy, this is the book for you.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Ellen Wernecke on Sep 17 2008

Because they're so well-developed, their bizarre paths, studded with moments of absurd humor (at one point, an angry Vanger is described as looking like "an inflated moose") become believable down to their implications for the rest of Blomkvist's life.

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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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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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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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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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Mysterious Reviews

Good
Reviewed by M. Wayne Cunningham on Jan 23 2015

The depth in the novel comes from its characters. Salander, with her tattoos and surly attitudes, is not the girl to bring home to mother, but with her tolerance for pain, her lightning-quick brain and her physical agility she's definitely the one to guard your back.

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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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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by jalsaied on Jan 28 2014

Mikael tracks down Lisbeth, and both use cunning, force, and technology to help them find Harriet's murderer and keep themselves alive. Read this enthralling tale to find out how the plot coalesces into a substance of beauty.

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Teen Ink

Below average
Reviewed by Joe K. on Jan 28 2014

This novel didn't grab me in every aspect, although I really liked the suspenseful buildup to the end. The resolution was kind of lame, in my view, and the antagonist could probably have been identified from the beginning.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Excellent
Reviewed by Sharon Wheeler on Dec 01 2007

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is one of the finest crime fiction novels it's been my privilege to read. The expression 'transcends the genre' gets bandied about too much. But it's true in this case.

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The Founding Fields

Excellent
Reviewed by Bane Of Kings on Sep 21 2014

Stieg Larsson’s novel is large, thick and one of the longest thrillers that I’ve read...The hype is very much real when it comes to this book, and if you haven’t gotten around to it yet, I strongly recommend that you check it out ASAP – because it’s just that good.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
on Sep 18 2009

Really, really good, and I don’t normally read mystery-thrillers… but it’s definitely recommended, particularly for those who enjoy the genre, and even for those who don’t.

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Literate Housewife

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Aug 06 2009

I cannot adequately express how much I got involved with this novel. The first chapter about Blomkvist’s trial and its outcome, while interesting, did not betray how enticing the novel would become the moment that Lisbeth Salander appeared.

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Parental Book Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Amy on Jan 28 2014

...as much ridiculous and unnecessary crap in this book, if you are over 21 and love a good murder romantic mystery then this book is for you...after Larsson sets up the story about four chapters into it, the book just opens up. It stays mysterious way up into the end.

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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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Confessions of a Bibliophile

Above average
on Mar 08 2009

If you start reading this and struggle a bit through the beginning, just stick it out… It gets so much better!

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Book Yurt

Good
on Oct 25 2010

So while this type of book is not my usual reading fare, this dark, riveting story is worthy of the hype. Honestly, you don’t have to be a die-hard murder mystery fan to enjoy this book. This is one phenomenon definitely worth reading.

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My Friend Amy

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Jun 21 2010

All in all, I really liked this one and I suspect the characters will stay with me. It's a book with a certain amount of staying power which is why I guess it's such a worldwide phenomenon.

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I'm Loving Books

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Mar 17 2014

...excellent book and very satisfying mystery. Even the main characters solving the mystery are complex and interesting and not entirely revealed by the end, leaving them a bit of a mystery themselves.

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A Common Reader

Below average
on Jan 22 2009

I think a shorter and more focused approach would have been much more successful and would have persuaded me to buy the next two volumes of the trilogy.

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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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Good
Reviewed by Jonathan Wilhoit on Mar 27 2012

I really enjoyed the book, but as I said before the writing is kind of dry. If the actual language was more artful...I would probably be jumping up and down, frothing at the mouth and howling at the moon for the sheer brilliance. As it stands, I’m merely sated and content.

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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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