The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book Summary and Study Guide

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This story is about Mikael Blomkvist and his journey to redeem himself after being convicted for defamation of a famous businessman, in a journey that takes him through a murder mystery and teams him up with the girl who eventually saves his career. The novel begins when Mikael Blomkvist tries to go through a crowd of reporters while exiting his trial after being convicted for defamation. He is worried by the verdict as it puts his political magazine ‘Millennium' in the cross hairs. At the same time, Lisbeth Slander who is from the investigation division of Milton security is told by her boss Dragan and the lawyer Frode, to investigate Blomkvist. Frode wants to hire Blomkvist for wealthy businessman Henrik Vanger to investigate a mysterious murder of his great niece, Harriet, that happened in the 60s.
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Blomkvist accepts the offer and distances himself from the magazine while Lisbeth investigates both Blomkvist and Wennerström's by tapping into his computer. This brings the two of them together while researching the murder case of the 60s. Lisbeth gets a problem with her new guardian who freezes her funds and rapes her but she gets the upper hand afterwards by torturing and blackmailing him out of her life. Lisbeth and Blomkvist face daily danger in the investigation of Harriet's death, and finally find out it is her brother after finding a past photograph. Martin Vanger tries to escape after a scuffle at his house and dies in a traffic accident. Blomkvist finally puts the pieces together and finds out Harriet is not dead and reunites her with Henrik. Lisbeth finds incriminating information on Wennerström's and cleans his accounts and gets out of the country while Blomkvist writes an expose on the businessman which saves his career.
Best part of story, including ending: I like this story because it shows that even the disadvantaged people can still make a difference and become the hero.

Best scene in story: I like the scene at the end when Lisbeth asks Blomkvist for a loan to go to Zurich and he says that he is giving her the half the money from Henrik anyway. She does not want the money because it is from Henrik Vanger. They argue for some time and it is clearly evident that they have feelings for each other but do not want to admit them.

Opinion about the main character: I like that he is brave enough to see things through to the end even if there was a clear danger to his life,

The review of this Book prepared by Nicholas Waithaka a Level 3 Eurasian Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Murder of certain profession?    -   "All in the family" murder Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Swiss


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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