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Monday Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo November 16, 2009

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is not someone with whom to mess. She is one tough cookie with a harrowing past, and she’d beat the snot out of me for calling her “cookie”. As she would prefer it, we get to know very little about her in this book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, since although she is integral to the story, she is but one of several central characters, and not the primary focus of the plot. She continues to be featured in the next book of Mr. Larsson’s posthumously published trilogy, and one can only hope to learn more about this fascinating and complex girl.

The novel takes place over the course of a year in northern Sweden, after journalist Mikael Blomkvist is found guilty of libeling a powerful businessman. Blomkvist’s magazine must try to maintain credibility, and so Mikael finds himself looking for something else to do for awhile, while things settle down. He receives an offer from a mysterious, old businessman that both intrigues and disconcerts him. For lack of a better option, he agrees to investigate a disappearance that has haunted the old man for almost 40 years.

Well-written and translated from Swedish, this novel is engaging and intriguing. The story moves along at a brisk pace that while taking the time to fully flesh out each character and scene, still manages to build tension until the full story is revealed in the final chapters. This book will be satisfying to lovers of a good mystery/thriller, but not fully satisfying to lovers of novels driven by character. Although most of the characters are completely drawn, readers who truly want to know all about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will have to look to The Girl Who Played with Fire.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo



1. Becky - November 16, 2009

I loved the book, and can’t wait for the next to be released in paperback. I like the idea of a heroine who really inflicts serious revenge when necessary. The tattoo was a nice touch!

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[…] I came across this post about a Swedish movie being made based upon The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This, of course, starts speculation as to who should play “the girl” in the US version […]

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