The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9781847242532 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bemaia of Sydney, New South Wales Australia on 1/10/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by bemaia from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, January 10, 2009
It's one of the bast thriller that I read in 2008. This is the first book of the Millennium trilogy. When I finished this book in September I wished to know how to read in Swedish because the second book, The Girl who played with fire, was released in English on the first week of 2009 and the third, yet to be named, will be released only in the middle to the end of 2009.
The novel was awarded the Glass Key award as the best Nordic crime novel in 2006. Larsson was posthumously awarded the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for International Author of the Year in 2008.

From wikipedia: A middle-aged journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, publishes the magazine Millennium in Stockholm. He is hired one day by Henrik Vanger, the aged former CEO of a group of companies owned by a wealthy dynasty, in order to chronicle the family history. His real mission, however, is to solve a cold case - the disappearance, some forty years previously, of Vanger's niece when she was sixteen. Blomkvist encounters "the old Miss Marple closed-room scenario with all the wealthy suspects marooned on the family estate on an island; a village we grow familiar with, full of hostile locals peering out from behind their curtains". The real main character of the story is Lisbeth Salander, an asocial punk who has been victimized by authorities throughout her whole life. By accident she meets Blomkvist and the unlikely couple become another classic detective pair where the hunters become the hunted.

Journal Entry 2 by bemaia at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Sunday, January 18, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (1/19/2009 UTC) at Toronto, Ontario Canada

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Sent to HoserLauren who won it in the Best of 2008 Swap at Bookobsessed.com

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Wow this book is so much larger than I thought it was going to be!!

Thanks so much bemaia for passing this long to me. It sounds very interesting. Also, thanks for the bookmark pad!

Thanks again :)

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Mikael Blomkvist is a financial journalist that specializes in uncovering the truth about companies. He is partial owner of a magazine called Millenium, but is sued for libel when he goes after a Swedish business tycoon and cannot prove some of his claims. With his career in ruins, Blomkvist gets a strange offer from another CEO of a large company, Henrik Vanger. Blomkvist heads to the middle of nowhere Sweden to be asked to solve a 40 year old murder mystery. Vanger's niece disappeared 40 years ago during a family function and Henrik wants Blomkvist to find out which one of his family members murdered his niece.

Solving the mystery introduces Blomkvist to the incredibly large, quite odd Vanger family. The family has many skeletons in their closet and not all family members are happy that Blomkvist is there.

We also learn about Lisbeth Salander, a troubled young woman with an extraordinary mind. She is a great investigator and incredibly details oriented, yet is not entrusted to her own finances or her own legal representation. She's brought in to the investigation and an unlikely friendship is created.

After getting over the confusion of the number of characters in this book and trying to keep the entire Vanger family straight, I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit of a chance of pace where the person investigating the mystery was not a cop and approached the crime differently. Also, since the crime happened so long ago, this also added a layer of complexity. This becomes quite the page turner.

There are two more books in the series, which I suppose is why the ending wasn't all that satisfying. While the mysteries were solved, the relationships between the characters were left quite open and left me wondering what was going to happen. I will be looking out for the next two books in the series as I'm interested to see how the characters continue on.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 07, 2009
This book is with me now

Journal Entry 6 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, July 24, 2009
A middle-aged financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist has been sentenced to jail for slander. He is hired by Henrik Vanger, the retired CEO of a large family-owned conglomerate, to solve the mystery of his disappeared niece 40 years ago. She disappeared from the family island and now Vanger wants Blomkvist to investigate family and find out who is responsible for her death.

The girl with the dragon tattoo is Lisbeth Salander, an investigator for Dragon Armansky. She is incredibly details oriented and very very good with computers. But she is asocial and a ward of the state even though grown and her finances are controlled by a trustee.

Larsson has developed a story with a large number of characters, each with their own story. The Vanger family is immense and each had a motive to be involved in the mystery. Blomkvist is dogged in his following of a tidbit of a trail. He ends up hooking up with Salander who originally investigated him for Vanger. Blomkvist the humanist and Salnder the anti-social make a formible duo.

Larsson has written a brilliant story about women as victims and their rise above it. I will be looking for the next book in the series.

Journal Entry 7 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Mailed today to Pepper to add to the mbag for butterfly-noir.

Journal Entry 8 by PepperVL from Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Saturday, August 15, 2009
Arrived not too long ago. Sorry for the journaling delay.

I'm adding it to the m-bag box.

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