Stieg Larsson

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first novel in The Millennium Trilogy.

It was published in 2005, one year after the author Stieg Larsson’s death.The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
It received The Glass Key Award form Crime Writers of Scandinavia in 2006.
According to figures from June 2011, the Millennium Trilogy has together sold 60 million copies in more than 50 countries.  

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Plot summary

Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired by Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of Vanger’s great-niece Harriet. Henrik suspects that someone in his family, the powerful Vanger clan, murdered Harriet over forty years ago.

Starting his investigation, Mikael realizes that Harriet’s disappearance is not a single event, but rather linked to series of gruesome murders in the past. He now crosses paths with Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker, an asocial punk and most importantly, a young woman driven by her vindictiveness.

Together they form an unlikely couple as they dive deeper into the violent past of the secretive Vanger family.

480 comments on “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”

  • Mahak says:

    I totally love reading his books. What an amazing read.Thanks.

  • Entrancing movie with great plot and important message not to mess with women - you never know when that one individual will react like Lisbeth did. Lisbeth is driven by survival because of her own probably not so savory past. She is exactly a product of what she was being subjected to by a man in a 'superior' position who grossly underestimated her intelligence and inventiveness.
    - Lynn Greyling,

  • i must be the last person on earth who just started reading his work - what a fantastic talent.
    - jana,

    • says:

      me too! cannot sleep, reading, reading, reading
      - Maya D,

  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is an amazing piece of work and Lisbeth and Blomkvist jst made an everlasting impact on my mind.......lukin forwrd to see d movie nw
    - Prerna Singh,

  • There is a typo on this page It received The Glass Key Award form Crime Writers of Scandinavia in 2006.should be It received The Glass Key Award from Crime Writers of Scandinavia in 2006.
    - Salomon Liberman,

  • Gripping Tale, Do not feel like putting the book down.
    - G,

  • This is amazing love this series !
    - Lynette Preston,

  • Just curious if this is a "True Crime" Book??
    - CanadianGirl,

  • she is my dream image, motorcycle and everything.
    - boop boop not sarah,

  • Best books ever
    - ,

  • Bought the book for a flight 3 years ago, finally got around to reading it. I can't believe I deprived myself of this book for so long! Amazing story, even translated into English it was brilliant. Ate TGWTDT in 3 days! Watched both American and Swedish movies. Thought they were both pretty good
    - Daniel C,

  • I watched all 3 movies. I love each one more and more! I usually don't do subtitles but it's a must see. The American version sucks!!! Please make a 4th movie. I hope they hook up again. They have so much chemistry!!
    - Suzanne s,

    • says:

      Really, The US version of the film is so much more accurate and encompasses the real Lisbeth. Try reading the books and tell me the Swedish versions are better.
      - woty1515,

    • says:

      I just saw the sweedish version and then fast fowarded the us one. The original was great, the us sucked. They made the girl look week and the full focus was on the man (daniel craig)...
      - M.,

  • the whole series is just like a drug, u just have to go back to it even though u try remaining away from it even during the semester exams. the interwoven characters are like just black and white colors mixing together to give a perfect grey, just love wish there was more to Lisbeth Salander and her adventures into black, grey and white of the world. hats off to Stieg Larsson, just wish that u were alove to see ur work become such a sensation and such a masterpiece. Steig Larsson u are the legend.
    - Arachnidvector,

  • you mispelled "from"
    - xavier,

  • donald says:

    learn to read

    - donald,

  • i just finished reading TGDT by S. Larsson. all i can say is i need to read the 2nd & 3rd installment.

    • says:

      I still say the movies do not do justice to the books and one has to read them all either before or after seeing the movie (your own preference). The second book and movie I did kind of simultaneously and even though the movie spoiled the suspense for me of the ending, I still enjoyed reading all the details of the book! I would definitely recommend these books to anyone!
      - Rory,

    • says:

      You won't be disappointed. The second book as well as the second movie, are the best of the two trilogies in my opinion. But all three books and movies are well worth experiencing.
      - Jack,

  • Layla says:

    I liked it but not alot,did not work especially when i saw it was about 650 pages and umm… I read it and for what? Nothing can you believe this book is such a stupid book.I bet so and beg you to not read it.It is stupid…!

    - Layla,

  • Will never understand why crime drama is so popular. All fiction is enjoyed by people with boring lives, what makes these any different?
    - Name/signature,

    • says:

      Well, with that sort of assumptions we could generally say that all movies and books are enjoyed by people with boring lives. Fiction is enjoyed because it's different from reality, drama - because it relates to reality. In this way, they are different.
      - Viewster,

  • I have read all of the Millenium books and found it quite gripping. The writing style is quite unique and leaves the reader wanting to read more. I couldn't believe it when i heard that Larsson had died the same day as giving his editors the manuscripts of these brilliant books. I find Salander as a brilliant role model for women everywhere as she does not allow men to push her around. The events in the second book lead brilliantly to the third book. I am hoping to read The Girl with the pearl earring, although it is not linked to the Millenium series, the author follows Larssons style of writing quite clearly.
    - Naomi Robinsons,

  • Without a doubt, this trilogy was the most thrilling, gripping and addictive series I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Larsson sucked you into his novels, and at the conclusion of the third book - left you desperate for more.
    - Maddi,

    • Susan says:

      You are so right. Just finished third and am mourning the death of Larson. The characters are sharply defined and the protagonists are more than likable. Oh why can't other authors offer such unforgettable characters???

  • I read the novel and still not yet done with. I watched the movie i think 3 times already. what i like in this trilogy is there is a mystery and thrilling action. there is a lesson that Larsson is saying in the girl with the dragon tattoo is don't really abuse women. I read the article in Wikipedia that Mr. Larsson has a woman getting raped by a group of men he has watched the whole thing and didn't do anything about it i was amazed because he told all the things he wanted to write I'm so happy that Mr. Larsson made a girl heroine that is unique and a journalist that is a style of solving the mystery in here i love this trilogy. But sadly i only have the girl with the dragon tattoo
    - Mawyy :),

    • says:

      Don't you have a library in your town to borrow the books from? Fortunately I do and got all 3 books at the same time. Finished 2 which seriously can be disruptive to your life but luckily I have the time and no one to answer to so its fine. Just about to start the 3rd one. They can get so intense and you don't mind the details too because there is always the anticipation of something unbelievable to come!
      - Rory,

  • Donna Smith, Buffalo, NY 14220 says:

    I have never, and I mean never, as a compulsatory reader who reads 1-2 novels a week, read a series so thoughtfully written, never once fearing to break the readers heart, bring the reader to so violent of rage, or drop the reader so low when Salander’s heart is yet once again broken. Mr. Larsson simply makes no excuses not does he have the complusion to satisfy the reader and make a happy ending. You are left as bereft as Salader standing in the cold watching Blomkvist and Berger walk arm in arm. We, the reader, are taken on a ride absolute horrors against women, and cheer for the violence given back in such cunning maliciousness that you cheer Salander for each blow she strikes. Mr Larsson simply does not spare the reader one iota of courtesy, no apologies are made to bring vindication for the horrors perpetrated. Mr Larsson makes no apologies to the reader, he just continues to weave a story of intelligence, brutality, wringing emotion after emotion from the reader with spellbinding solid story telling intermingled with the history of Sweden, and a lesson in their the governmental structure and society. The rule of a government, that as a United States of America citizen, I at times found horrifying yet greedy for the next page, next line. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest are by the far the best written books I have ever enjoyed. Each and everyone was so phenominal to me, that I could not put it down, I would go to bed, only to jump out of bed after a short rest of maybe two hours to grab the book again to see what was next, only to realize that it was time to go to work and I had yet to sleep more than two hours. There were parts that had me laughing out loud and others that had me so horrified with brutality I could not believe what I was reading. I ran through so many emotions, that I was physically drained upon the conclusion. The Girl Who Played with Fire was in my eyes, even better than the first. We got know Salander and what made her tick in such a way as to cheer her for lashing out against those who harmed andhurt her. We cheered her relationship with Wu hoping this was the love that could unlock her. I hated Blomkvist at the end of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for being with Berger, never once feeling that any forgiveness should be offered him for unintentionally hurting her. Yet here he is in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest being her biggest champion, without having seen her face to face in wellover a year, nor understanding why she has rebuffed his attempts to rekindle a frienship with her. Yes he’s scooping the biggest story of the century, yet I believe he would drop the whole thing to set her free. We have been led down the darkest alley to see what formed and shaped this phenominal women and cheer for each step she takes out of her comfort zone to reach out to another person. The Girl Who Played with Fire has been my favorite book of the trilogy by far. All I can say is I really wish that Mr. Larsson was able to complete all 10 books that he had envisioned. I am so wrapped in the world that Stieg Larsson has created that I will do something I have never done before, and that is re-read all three books again only so that I don’t have to leave Sweden. It is a shame that we may never be able to read the Fourth book Mr. Larsson began before his sudden death and a shame that his readers could not hold on to one last peice of Salander, Blomkvist and Sweden. I do not believe that I will ever find another series such as this… It has been one hell of a ride! Thank you Mr. Larsson

    - Donna Smith, Buffalo, NY 14220,

  • Joshuuu. says:

    Gripping and Seductive.

    - Joshuuu.,

  • omar furquani says:

    what a book… I read a lots of novel but Stig Larson’s novel is the best..

    - omar furquani,

  • Tide Waters says:

    Loved this series, the most outstanding I’ve read in a very long time. So sad there’ll be no more from Stieg Larsson.

    - Tide Waters,

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