The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book (Summary - Review - Order Book - About Stieg Larsson)

Author Stieg Larsson
Original title Män som hatar kvinnor
Translator Reg Keeland, pseudonym of Steven T. Murray
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Series Millennium
Genre CrimemysterythrillerScandinavian noir
Publisher Norstedts Förlag (Swedish)
Publication date
August 2005
Published in English
January 2008
Media type Print (paperbackhardback)
ISBN 978-91-1-301408-1 (Swedish) 
ISBN 978-1-84724-253-2(English)
OCLC 186764078
Followed by The Girl Who Played with Fire

The girl with the dragon tattoo (original title in Swedish: Män som hatar kvinnor, in English: Men Who Hate Women) is a psychological thriller by the Swedish writer and journalist Stieg Larsson (1954-2004), which was published posthumously in 2005 to become an international sales success. It is the first book in the Millennium series.

In December 2002, Mikael Blomkvist, editor of the Swedish political magazine Millennium, loses a defamation case involving accusations about industrial billionaire Hans-Erik Wennerström. Blomkvist is sentenced to three months (deferred) in prison, and ordered to pay heavy damages and costs. Soon after, he is invited to meet Henrik Vanger, the retired CEO of the Vanger Corporation, unaware that Vanger has recorded his personal and professional history; The investigation of Blomkvist's circumstances was carried out by Lisbeth Salander, a researcher and computer hacker who was bright but deeply concerned.

Vanger agrees to provide Blomkvist with evidence against Wennerström in exchange for discovering what happened to Vanger's granddaughter, Harriet, who disappeared in 1966 during a family reunion at the Vanger estate on Hedeby Island when the island was temporarily separated. of the continent by traffic Accident on the bridge. Blomkvist moves to the island and begins to investigate the history of the Vanger family and the disappearance of Harriet. While doing so, he meets the majority of the remaining Vanger clan, including Harriet's brother, Martin, current CEO of the company; Isabella, the mother of Martin and Harriet; and Cecilia, a director who was Harriet's younger aunt and friend.

Meanwhile, Salander's legal guardian, Holger Palmgren, suffers a stroke and is replaced by Nils Bjurman, who uses his position to extort sexual favors from her and eventually rapes her. After using a hidden camera to record his assault, Salander takes his revenge, torturing Bjurman and threatening to ruin him unless he gives him total control of his life and finances. Then he uses a tattoo machine to describe him as a rapist.

On Hedeby Island, Blomkvist seeks new evidence of Harriet's disappearance, including photographs that show Harriet's discomfort at seeing a young man. He also discovers a series of names and numbers that are considered old phone numbers in Harriet's diary; However, her daughter Pernilla, on the way to the biblical camp, identifies them as passages from the Book of Leviticus, which describe the rules on the violent punishment of women. Blomkvist relates one of them to the grotesque murder of a secretary of the Vanger Corporation in 1949 and realizes that he may be on the trail of a serial killer. Vanger's attorney suggests Salander as a research assistant.

Blomkvist realizes that Salander hacked into his computer for the initial report and confronts her to ask him to help her with the investigation, to which she accepts. The two finally become casual lovers. However, they realize that they are being threatened when a local cat is left dismembered on their porch, and Blomkvist is shot from a distance during a jog in the afternoon. Meanwhile, they discover the four remaining murders corresponding to what was described in Harriet's diary, as well as several more that fit into the profile. In addition, most of the murders occurred in places where the Vanger Corporation did business. Initially, they suspect that the murderer was Gottfried Vanger, the deceased father of Martin and Harriet, but they discover that he died before the death of the last victim.

While Salander continues hunting through the archives of Vanger Corporation, Blomkvist manages to identify the man in the photograph: his brother Martin. However, before he can do anything, Martin takes Blomkvist prisoner, revealing that Gottfried "started" him in the ritual rape and murder of women before his own death, and implies that Gottfried sexually abused him and Harriet. Martin admits to killing dozens of women but denies killing his sister. He tries to assassinate Blomkvist, but Salander, who had discovered the connections independently, arrives and attacks Martin. Martin flees by car, pursued by Salander, and commits suicide by deliberately colliding with an approaching truck.

Believing that Cecilia's sister, Anita, who now lives in London, is the only relative who could know anything about Harriet's fate, Blomkvist and Salander meet her and discover that Harriet is still alive and lives under the name of Anita in Australia. When Blomkvist flies there to meet her, Harriet tells her the truth about her disappearance: her father and her brother had raped her repeatedly, until she killed her father in self-defense. Martin was sent to high school, but he returned the day of his disappearance. Harriet realized she needed to escape, so she found a place to hide during the traffic accident, and Anita smuggled her to the mainland the next morning. Blomkvist convinces Harriet to return to Sweden, where he meets with Henrik. Blomkvist then accompanies Salander to his mother's funeral.

Back in Sweden, Blomkvist learns that the evidence against Wennerström that Vanger promised him is useless. However, Salander hacks Wennerström's computer and discovers that his crimes go far beyond what Blomkvist documented. Using his evidence, Blomkvist prints an exhibition and a book that ruins Wennerström and catapults the Millennium to national prominence. Salander, using his piracy skills, manages to steal some 2.6 trillion kr (about $ 260 million) from the secret bank account of Wennerström. Blomkvist and Salander spend Christmas together in their holiday retreat. Soon after, she goes to Blomkvist's house, intending to declare her love for him, but leaves when she sees him with her long-time lover and business partner Erika Berger.

As a postscript, Salander continues to monitor Wennerström and, after six months, informs an attorney in Miami anonymously of his whereabouts. Four days later, the body of Wennerström is in Marbella, Spain, shot three times in the head.

About the Author
Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on antidemocratic right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

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