The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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MacLehose Press, 2008 - Computer hackers - 554 pages
Book Summary: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist has made his living uncovering the corrupt and crooked practices of Stockholm‚s leading financiers in his magazine, Millennium. But one expose unexpectedly backfires, and Blomkvists reputation is in tatters. When he is offered an investigative job by powerful businessman Henrik Vanger, he is in no position to refuse. But he is surprised to find it has nothing to do with high finance this time, it is a case of murder.

Many years ago, Henriks niece, Harriet, disappeared during a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the Vangers. No-one saw her leave the island, and no body was ever found. Even so, Henrik is convinced that she was murdered by a member of his own family‚ the tightly knit but dysfunctional Vanger clan.

Blomkvist is soon in over his head. He has linked Harriets disappearance to a number of gruesome murders from forty years ago, but it has become too dangerous to proceed alone.He needs a competent assistant, and he gets one: the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist, Lisbeth Salander. This truculent young woman has problems of her own. She in unwilling to take orders, rides a motorbike like a Hell Angel and handles makeshift weapons with a skill born of rage. This improbably pair unravel a dark and appalling family history.

But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

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A solid thriller, but I was expecting more considering the hype surrounding it. The mystery itself, however, was very interesting and unfolded in a believable manner. Lisbeth Salander was also a fairly interesting character, even though she seemed a little less believable. Read full review

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It took me awhile to get into this book. I must have been half way through before I started really enjoying it. The Salander character was great, and the book was the most interesting when it was ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Prior to his sudden death of a heart attack in November 2004, Stieg Larsson finished three detective novels in his Millenium series. Before his career as a writer, Stieg Larsson was mostly known for his struggle against racism and right-wing extremism. In the middle of the 1980s he helped start the anti-violence project "Stop the Racism". This was followed by the founding of the Expo foundation in 1995. In 1999 he was appointed the chief editor of Expo, a magazine published by the organization.

Reg Keeland is a pseudonym used by freelance literary translator Steven T. Murray, who was born in Berkeley, California on October 7, 1943. He attended Stanford University and studied abroad in Germany and Denmark. In 1972 Murray earned a BA in Creative Writing from California State University, Hayward. He has won many awards for his English translations from mainly German and Scandinavian works of fiction, including Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium trilogy.

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