The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Author: Stieg Larsson

Genre: Mystery; Bestseller

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 465

Geographical Setting: Main setting: Sweden

Time Period: 2002-2003

Plot Summary: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first book in the Millennium series authored by Steig Larsson. It’s a gritty murder mystery that centers around the disappearance of a major industrialist tycoon’s grandneice, Harriet, who was likely to inherit her granduncle’s position in the company. Harriet gave her granduncle a pressed flower once on his birthday. Now, even after her disappearance and likely murder, he continues to receive these flowers every year on his birthday. Is this the murderer’s idea of a sick joke? Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist and part-owner of the infamous Millenium magazine, is hired by the rich tycoon to solve the mystery. Another plotline in this intriguing story follows a girl named Salandar. On the surface, Salandar is a shy, inhibited, stubborn, social outcast. Underneath she is one of the most skillful and talented personal investigators in all of Sweden. She is “the girl with the dragon tattoo.” What role will she play in this murder mystery/financial thriller? Read this book to find out.

Subject Headings: Financial Scandal; Swedish fiction; Private Investigators; Violence Against Women; Cold Cases

Appeal: Detailed plot, suspenseful, gritty, disturbing, edgy, well-developed, eccentric characters, multiple points of view, straightforward, unembellished language, unaffected tone, sobering

Three Words or Phrases Best Describing this Book: Edgy, detailed, well-developed and eccentric characters

Similar Authors and Works

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi (bestseller, like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, focuses on detail of crimes committed, gritty tone, explores the motivations and inside workings of the killers much like a mystery investigator would)

No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller by Harry Markopolus (true financial thriller, story similar to Wennerstrom conspiracy in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with an average man fighting against scandal in a large corporation. The outcome of the scandal has the potential to rock the economic stability of the country)

Blood On The Snow: The Killing Of Olof Palme by Jan Bondeson (true murder mystery, detailed crime, set in Sweden, unsolved, cold case, similar to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Faceless Killers by Kurt Wallandar (Swedish author, gritty tone, violent crimes, murder mystery, series, detailed plot, intricate characters)

Love you More by Lisa Gardener (suspenseful tone, murder mystery, intricate plot, missing person case, intricate character development)

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (disturbing tone, well-developed characters, detailed plot, popular book, disturbing/gritty tone)

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