Heavy Reserve Alert; ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

One of the titles we’ve been tracking is Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. A mystery, it has been an international phenomenon, selling over a million copies in its native Sweden and appearing on French and British besteller lists. Originally titled “Men Who Hate Women,” it contains some difficult scenes of a woman being sexually abused.

It was published here yesterday by Knopf with a 150,000 copy first printing. Advance buzz appears to be working; it is now at #68 on Amazon. Libraries ordered modestly and reserves are growing; ten per copy in several places.

Reviews have been divided. LJ ‘s Willy Williams loved it, the NYT Book Review not so much, and the Chicago Tribune reviewer found that,

after a diet of serial killers, apocalyptic scenarios, burned-out private detectives and the usual crop of honest or bent federal agents and cops, it’s like a blast of cold, fresh air to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Today, the Los Angeles Times weighs in saying Girl “leaves you wanting more” (the good news; it’s the first in a trilogy. The bad news; the author died after completing the series). Reviewer Marjorie Miller notes the buzz is real; strangers commented on her reading the book (one from Paramount who said they’re considering buying the film rights).

However, Miller is disappointed in the beginning, finding the first four chapters,

dense with character and plot development, financial reporting mixed with umlaut-heavy names of people and places I didn’t know. Hardly an attention-grabber, I thought, and almost inexcusable in the whodunit genre. 

But once the mystery takes off, Miller says it is a “a compelling, well-woven tale that succeeds in transporting the reader to rural Sweden for a good crime story.”


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 

Stieg Larsson 

  • Hardcover: $24.95; 480 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (September 16, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307269752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307269751
  • Audio CD: Unabridged edition, 13 CD’s; $129
  • Publisher: Books On Tape; (September 16, 2008)
  • Reader: Simon Vance
  • ISBN-10: 1-4159-5778-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4159-5778-3

2 Responses to “Heavy Reserve Alert; ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’”

  1. Brock Martin Says:

    One of Marjorie Miller’s complaints is the number of umlaut-heavy names? This is a Swedish novel. I could say I’m wary of reviewers with double M names. That’s just as preposterous.

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