The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a psychological thriller novel by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson. Back when it was published in 2005 (a year after Stieg’s death) it became an international bestseller and went on to have two movies based on it.
Stieg’s motivations for writing this book came because he’d witnessed a woman being raped and didn’t do anything about it. He later begged her for forgiveness, which she refused to grant. This plagued him for years, to the point he wanted to write about it. He used her as inspiration for the character (of the same name) Lisbeth.
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Synopsis
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family.
He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.
But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
Stieg Larsson’s phenomenal trilogy is continued in The Girl in the Spider’s Web and The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz