“A whip-smart heroine and a hunky guy who needs her help? This sexy, addictive thriller is everything you never knew you could get from a crime novel.
Larsson’s debut thriller succeeds on so many levels it’s hard to know where to begin. First off, it’s an absolute page-turner. But the characters are so fascinating and the clear, understated writing so graceful, you are going to want to savor it . . . Electrifying.
Portsmouth Herald (NH)
“Is the hype justified? Yes . . . This complex, multilayered tale grabs the reader from the first page.
Library Journal (starred)
“The first U.S. appearance of another major Swedish crime writer is cause for celebration . . . The novel offers compelling chunks of investigative journalism, high-tech sleuthing, and psychosexual drama. What a shame that we only have three books in which to watch the charismatic Lisbeth Salander take on the world!
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a striking novel. Just when I was thinking there wasn't anything new on the horizon, along comes Stieg Larsson with this wonderfully unique story. I was completely absorbed.
I doubt you will read a better book this year.
Dark, labyrinthine, smart, sexy, utterly original, and completely captivating, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo delights at every level. Nuanced, sympathetic characters, caught in a tangle of unusual and compelling relationships, grapple with a baffling family mystery and with their own demons in the unique literary environment of modern-day Sweden. This book is artful and grand entertainment. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.
So much more than a thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a dazzling novel of big ideas. It tackles issues of power, corruption, justice, and innocence–all the while drawing you into the twists and turns of a frighteningly suspenseful mystery.
As vivid as bloodstains on snow.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an utterly fresh political and journalistic thriller that is also intimate and moral. In spite of its dark unearthings Stieg Larsson has written a feast of a book, with central characters you will not forget.
Cases rarely come much colder than the decades-old disappearance of teen heiress Harriet Vanger from her family’s remote island retreat north of Stockholm, nor do fiction debuts hotter than this European bestseller . . . At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden’s dirty not-so-little secrets, this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple.
Publishers Weekly (starred)
“An exceptional effort for a first-time crime novelist. In fact, a fine effort for any crime novelist . . . This book is meticulously plotted, beautifully paced, and features a cast of two indelible sleuths and many juicy suspects.
Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody psychodrama of a Bergman movie with the grisly pyrotechnics of a serial-killer thriller, then add an angry punk heroine and a down-on-his-luck investigative journalist, and you have the ingredients of Stieg Larsson’s first novel.
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“The book lands in the United States as Wall Street sputters and global markets clench, a timely fit to Larsson’s themes of corporate corruption. He tells his crime story cleverly, but the zing in Dragon Tattoo is inked in its two central characters.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A super-smart amalgam of the corporate corruption tale, legal thriller and dysfunctional-family psychological suspense story. It’s witty and unflinching . . . Larsson’s multi-pieced plot snaps together as neatly as an Ikea bookcase, but even more satisfying is the anti-social character of Salander.
Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air (NPR)
“It’s like a blast of cold, fresh air to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo . . . It features at its center two unique and fascinating characters: a disgraced financial journalist and the absolutely marvelous 24-year-old Lisbeth Salander–a computer-hacking Pippi Longstocking with pierced eyebrows and a survival instinct that should scare anyone who gets in her way.
Larsson’s novel could serve as the definition of page-turner . . . The worst part: We have to wait until summer ’09 for the second installment.
Time Out New York
The biggest Swedish phenom since ABBA.
Imagine the movies of Ingmar Bergman crossed with Thomas Harris’s novel The Silence of the Lambs. Larsson’s mesmerizing tale succeeds because, like P.D. James, he has written a why-dunit rather than a whodunit.
“Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody
psychodrama of a Bergman movie with the grisly pyrotechnics of a serial-killer
thriller, then add an angry punk heroine and a down-on-his-luck investigative
journalist, and you have the ingredients of Stieg Larsson’s first novel.”
New York Times
An intelligent, ingeniously plotted, utterly engrossing thriller that is variously a serial-killer saga, a search for a missing person and an informed glimpse into the worlds of journalism and business . . . Lisbeth is a punk Watson to Mikael's dapper Holmes, and she's the coolest crime-fighting sidekick to come along in many years.
“What a cracking novel! I haven’t read such a stunning thriller debut for years. The way Larsson interweaves his two stories had me in thrall from beginning to end. Brilliantly written and totally gripping.
“With its compelling situation, its complex plot and especially its unique, fully-realized characters, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo embodies–in seamless translation–the best of European crime fiction.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a Tolstoyan re-invention of the ‘closed room’ murder mystery, Agatha Christie for adults. Curl up on the sofa with this masterwork of noir and let Stieg Larsson draw you into the shadows. It’s also a profound investigation into tribal violence in the world of high finance, and a revelation of the dark side of a country normally seen as the very height of propriety. By the end of the first chapter you will know better. By the end of the second you will be putty in his hands. Don’t even think about putting it down.
From the UK:
Crime fiction has seldom needed to salute and mourn such a stellar talent as Larsson’s in the same breath.
The Sunday Times
Larsson has up his sleeve two extremely engaging protagonists. Once these characters have appeared, our surrender to the novel is guaranteed . . . This is classic English mystery territory. But what follows is much darker and bloodier–more Thomas Harris than Dorothy L. Sayers.
The ballyhoo is fully justified . . . The novel scores on every front–character, story, atmosphere, and the translation.
“This is a striking novel, full of passion, an evocative sense of place and subtle insights into venal, corrupt minds . . . The journalist and the hacker are ingenious creations.
“A blockbuster story . . . The plot is interesting and credible but above all the heroine is splendidly original . . . An extraordinary book.
An absorbing and idiosyncratic crime novel.
“A compelling, well-woven tale that succeeds in
transporting the reader to Sweden for a good crime story.”
Los Angeles Times
“Wildly suspenseful…an intelligent, ingeniously plotted,
utterly engrossing thriller.”
“Exceptional…Meticulously plotted, beautifully paced.”
“Unique and fascinating…It’s like a blast of cold, fresh
air to read The Girl with the Dragon
“A whip-smart heroine and a hunky guy who needs her help?
This sexy, addictive thriller is everything you never knew you could get from a
“A meticulous exploration of both evidence and character,
plus finely crafted revenge…Exemplary.”
“A fine, complex, and rewarding novel.”
Dallas Morning News
“A big, intricately plotted, darkly humorous work…that
only a master of the genre and its history could bring off.”
“The story has a great setting, very human characters,
and a plot that becomes more intriguing with every turn of the page.”
Kansas City Star
“With its rich characterizations and intriguing plot, the
first book of the late Stieg Larsson’s completed trilogy…clearly deserves the
acclaim it’s received overseas. Wenner’s calm, controlled manner aids the
listener in keeping track of the numerous members of the Vanger family, a task
that the printed book simplifies with a reference page.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there’s
no turning back. This debut thriller—the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg
Larsson—is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and
Amazon.com, editorial review
“Electrifying…Larsson’s debut thriller succeeds on so
many levels it’s hard to know where to begin.”
“Engrossing…Lisbeth Salander is the most fascinating
female protagonist in mystery fiction since Patricia Cornwell introduced Kay