The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is twist on the classic locked-room mystery setup, with a teenage girl vanishing on a Swedish island accessible by a single bridge.  Decades later, disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is asked to investigate the cold case in exchange for information that will clear his professional reputation.  When he enlists the help of an ingenious hacker named Lisbeth Salander, their investigation leads them into a dangerous web of long-buried family secrets.

“Her voice was as rough as sandpaper.  As long as Blomkvist lived, he would never forget her face as she went on the attack.  Her teeth were bared like a beast of prey.  Her eyes were glittering, black as coal.  She moved with the lightning speed of a tarantula and seemed totally focused on her prey as she swung the club again.”

Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a Swedish journalist, crime novelist, and the author of several non-fiction works.  The books in his Millennium Trilogy, which begins with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, were published posthumously and became international bestsellers.

Published:  2005 in Swedish; 2008 in English
Length:  465 pages
Set in:  Sweden
Translated by:  Reg Keeland