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Stieg Larsson (1954–2004)

Author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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About the Author

Prior to his sudden death of a heart attack in November 2004, Stieg Larsson finished three detective novels in his Millenium series. Before his career as a writer, Stieg Larsson was mostly known for his struggle against racism and right-wing extremism. In the middle of the 1980s he helped start the show more anti-violence project "Stop the Racism". This was followed by the founding of the Expo foundation in 1995. In 1999 he was appointed the chief editor of Expo, a magazine published by the organization. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Stieg Larsson foto by Jan Colsiöö/scanpix


Works by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2005) 43,449 copies
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) 30,662 copies
The Millennium Trilogy (2010) 1,708 copies
Expo Files (2011) 50 copies
Stieg Larsson's Millennium Four Book Set (1971) — Author — 2 copies

Associated Works

The Girl in the Spider's Web (2015) — Original Series Author — 5,073 copies
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [2011 film] (2011) — Original book — 267 copies
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [2009 film] (2009) — Original book — 207 copies
The Girl Who Played with Fire [2009 film] (2009) — Original book — 163 copies
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest [2011 film] (2011) — Original book — 142 copies
A Darker Shade of Sweden (2013) — Contributor — 108 copies
Grand Street 47 (Autumn 1993) (1993) — Contributor — 7 copies


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Larsson, Karl Stig-Erland
Other names
Στιγκ Λάρσον
Date of death
Burial location
Högalid Church Cemetery, Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
Skelleftehamn, Sweden
Place of death
Stockholm, Sweden
Cause of death
heart attack
Places of residence
Stockholm, Sweden
graphic designer
crime novelist
Gabrielsson, Eva (partner)
Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå
Skandinavisk Förening för Science Fiction
Swedish Army
Awards and honors
General Council of the Judiciary, Spain (Contribution to the Fight against Domestic Violence ∙ 2009)
Ben Ringel
Short biography
Stieg Larsson (15 August 1954 - 9 November 2004) was a Swedish journalist and writer, active in left wing politics. He was born in Skelleftehamn outside Skellefteå, Sweden as Karl Stig-Erland Larsson. He is notable for his authorship of the Millennium series of crime novels which are being successfully published posthumously. Larsson was initially a political activist for the Kommunistiska Arbetareförbundet (Communist Workers League), a photographer, and one of Sweden's leading science fiction fans. In politics he was the editor of the Swedish Trotskyist journal Fjärde internationalen. He also wrote regularly for the weekly Internationalen. As a science fiction fan, he was co-editor or editor of several fanzines, including Sfären, Fijagh! and others; in 1978-1979 he was President of the largest Swedish science fiction fan club, Skandinavisk Förening för Science Fiction (SFSF). Larsson worked as a graphic designer at the largest Swedish news agency, Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå (TT) between 1977 and 1999. Larsson died in Stockholm at the age of 50 of a massive heart attack.




Que triste es terminar una trilogía tan buena como esta. Quiero borrarme la memoria y leer todo de vuelta.
aagusbenitez | 727 other reviews | Jun 17, 2024 |
To this day one of my absolutely favorite reads of all time! I will always love this book I own the others but after Stiag Larsson died I wasn't sure how to feel about his most recent work by a co-contributing author. I will give it to him Mikael Blomkvist really portrayed his character well, in the film and in this book especially. No book in this genre how I found to complete absorb me in a story much like this one! I will always always always love this book and highly recommend it to peers, friends, and fellow readers alike! Give it a chance, it's a slow boil but fully developed and well worth the read in the end :)… (more)
Dreynolds12 | 1,745 other reviews | Jun 17, 2024 |
Mikael Blomkvist is a respected journalist in the Swedish circles. But a case involving a businessman turns bitter, when Mikael is unable to defend himself in court and prove the allegations he has penned in his article. With his career sliding down, Mikael has every intention of going into exile and that's when an intriguing opportunity turns up.

Henrik Vanger, an industrialist with a vast business empire hires Mikhael to look into the murder of his niece. The catch - the murder happened nearly forty years ago, and the body of the girl was never found.

Mikhael has to work through evidence, that has long been poured over upon by investigators and Henrik, but no satisfying conclusion has been derived from any investigations. The day Harriet Vanger vanished, was also a day of a family reunion and the scene of a terrible accident. With people who had been present that fateful day four decades ago, either being dead now or too young then to have committed a crime, Mikhael must work through a diminishing list of suspects with hardly any new leads to solve a mystery that has remained under wraps for long. And Mikhael must do all this within a year, for he has a deal with Henrik, where in return for services rendered, Henrik would give Mikhael ammunition to destroy Wennerstrom, the businessman because of whom Mikahel's reputation took a hit.

While chasing ghosts everywhere, the question is, who should Mikhael trust? What deeper horrors lurk beneath the disappearance of Harriet? And who will survive once the truth is out of the closet?

As much as the central hero of this book seems to be Mikhael, it is Lisbeth Salander, the tattooed, socially awkward, and brilliant researcher, who is central to the story. She may be small for her age, not exhibit emotions and have her own abuses to deal with, but she can kick ass (literally) when shove comes to push. She can get any information about any person, and chances are that she will get into her subject even deeper and compile a hundred more pages than was asked for. But Lisbeth has her own secrets that she wants to escape from and is known to be exploited at the hands of the very institution which should be safeguarding her. The blooming of the relationship between Mikhael and Lisbeth is almost a redemption in an otherwise hurtful life of Lisbeth's.

This book has all the suspense and intrigue that you expect a first-class thriller to have. The climax to the Harriet mystery is excellent, and I wish that this book had ended with that episode. Of course, then we wouldn't have had matter for the remainder of the series, and with this really being about the girl with the dragon tattoo, I imagine readers can expect more horrors from her past to be revealed in the next two books.

I've watched the Swedish version of the movie, and enjoyed it almost as much as the book. Don't know about the Daniel Craig-starred English version, but I expect it to be done nicely as well.

A recommended read for lovers of suspense. Beware of slightly vulgar scenes.
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sanz57 | 1,745 other reviews | May 31, 2024 |
I loved this book! Possibly better than the first, l hated to reach the end. Thankfully the third book awaits me. These are books l will read again. Fabulous!!!!
ShawnEllsworth | 928 other reviews | May 29, 2024 |



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