A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga,
love story, and financial intrigue.
It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.
It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism, and an unexpected connection between themselves.
Contagiously exciting, it’s about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.
I read the book and thought it was great.
Thought this was a great book. It’s a modern mystery novel with dash of old fashion British sleuthing. It's an intriguing story about a journalist who needs a break from his current journalistic setbacks. He is hired to write the family chronicles of wealthy aging businessman. However, it’s only a cover up for the real task, to find out what happened to a young female family member who has been missing for over 40 years.
This is a well written book by a great journalist and writer. Unfortunately, Stieg Larsson's career as a novelist was cut short by his death in 2004. He only had time to write a few books before his death. This book is the first book in a Millennium trilogy series. The trilogy was published after his death. I read the book in its original written language, Swedish. It’s being made into a movie (Swedish) and it’s due to be released in the spring of 2009.
I read (listen) to a lot of murder-mystery books. This is one of the best crafted stories that I have read. The narrator adds to the story with his impressive sweeedish accent.
Up All Night!!!!
I am exhausted today. Started the tail end of this book last night at 9:15pm, didn't go to bed until it was over at 4:30am. I would divide the book into two parts, the first part builds the characters with incredible writing and even better narration. The second half of the book unravels the shocking, sordid mystery of this Swedish thriller.
EXCELLENT! BEST NARRATION OF THE YEAR