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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [Format Kindle]

Stieg Larsson
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A Friday in NovemberIt happened every year, was almost a ritual. And this was his eighty-second birthday. When, as usual, the flower was delivered, he took off the wrapping paper and then picked up the telephone to call Detective Superintendent Morell who, when he retired, had moved to Lake Siljan in Dalarna. They were not only the same age, they had been born on the same day–which was something of an irony under the circumstances. The old policeman was sitting with his coffee, waiting, expecting the call.“It arrived.”“What is it this year?”“I don’t know what kind it is. I’ll have to get someone to tell me what it is. It’s white.”“No letter, I suppose.”“Just the flower. The frame is the same kind as last year. One of those do-it-yourself ones.”“Postmark?”“Stockholm.”“Handwriting?”“Same as always, all in capitals. Upright, neat lettering.”With that, the subject was exhausted, and not another word was exchanged for almost a minute. The retired policeman leaned back in his kitchen chair and drew on his pipe. He knew he was no longer expected to come up with a pithy comment or any sharp question which would shed a new light on the case. Those days had long since passed, and the exchange between the two men seemed like a ritual attaching to a mystery which no-one else in the whole world had the least interest in unravelling.The Latin name was Leptospermum (Myrtaceae) rubinette. It was a plant about ten centimetres high with small, heather-like foliage and a white flower with five petals about two centimetres across.The plant was native to the Australian bush and uplands, where it was to be found among tussocks of grass. There it was called Desert Snow. Someone at the botanical gardens in Uppsala would later confirm that it was a plant seldom cultivated in Sweden. The botanist wrote in her report that it was related to the tea tree and that it was sometimes confused with its more common cousin Leptospermum scoparium, which grew in abundance in New Zealand. What distinguished them, she pointed out, was that rubinette had a small number of microscopic pink dots at the tips of the petals, giving the flower a faint pinkish tinge.Rubinette was altogether an unpretentious flower. It had no known medicinal properties, and it could not induce hallucinatory experiences. It was neither edible, nor had a use in the manufacture of plant dyes. On the other hand, the aboriginal people of Australia regarded as sacred the region and the flora around Ayers Rock.The botanist said that she herself had never seen one before, but after consulting her colleagues she was to report that attempts had been made to introduce the plant at a nursery in Göteborg, and that it might, of course, be cultivated by amateur botanists. It was difficult to grow in Sweden because it thrived in a dry climate and had to remain indoors half of the year. It would not thrive in calcareous soil and it had to be watered from below. It needed pampering.The fact of its being so rare a flower ought to have made it easier to trace the source of this particular specimen, but in practice it was an impossible task. There was no registry to look it up in, no licences to explore. Anywhere from a handful to a few hundred enthusiasts could have had access to seeds or plants. And those could have changed hands between friends or been bought by mail order from anywhere in Europe, anywhere in the Antipodes.But it was only one in the series of mystifying flowers that each year arrived by post on the first day of November. They were always beautiful and for the most part rare flowers, always pressed, mounted on watercolour paper in a simple frame measuring 15cm by 28cm.The strange story of the flowers had never been reported in the press; only a very few people knew of it. Thirty years ago the regular arrival of the flower was the object of much scrutiny–at the National Forensic Laboratory, among fingerprint experts, graphologists, criminal investigators, and one or two relatives and friends of the recipient. Now the actors in the drama were but three: the elderly birthday boy, the retired police detective, and the person who had posted the flower. The first two at least had reached such an age that the group of interested parties would soon be further diminished.The policeman was a hardened veteran. He would never forget his first case, in which he had had to take into custody a violent and appallingly drunk worker at an electrical substation before he caused others harm. During his career he had brought in poachers, wife beaters, con men, car thieves, and drunk drivers. He had dealt with burglars, drug dealers, rapists, and one deranged bomber. He had been involved in nine murder or manslaughter cases. In five of these the murderer had called the police himself and, full of remorse, confessed to having killed his wife or brother or some other relative. Two others were solved within a few days. Another required the assistance of the National Criminal Police and took two years.The ninth case was solved to the police’s satisfaction, which is to say that they knew who the murderer was, but because the evidence was so insubstantial the public prosecutor decided not to proceed with the case. To the detective superintendent’s dismay, the statute of limitations eventually put an end to the matter. But all in all he could look back on an impressive career.He was anything but pleased.For the detective, the “Case of the Pressed Flowers” had been nagging at him for years–his last, unsolved and frustrating case. The situation was doubly absurd because after spending literally thousands of hours brooding, on duty and off, he could not say beyond doubt that a crime had indeed been committed.The two men knew that whoever had mounted the flowers would have worn gloves, that there would be no fingerprints on the frame or the glass. The frame could have been bought in camera shops or stationery stores the world over. There was, quite simply, no lead to follow. Most often the parcel was posted in Stockholm, but three times from London, twice from Paris, twice from Copenhagen, once from Madrid, once from Bonn, and once from Pensacola, Florida. The detective superintendent had had to look it up in an atlas.After putting down the telephone the eighty-two-year-old birthday boy sat for a long time looking at the pretty but meaningless flower whose name he did not yet know. Then he looked up at the wall above his desk. There hung forty-three pressed flowers in their frames. Four rows of ten, and one at the bottom with four. In the top row one was missing from the ninth slot. Desert Snow would be number forty-four.Without warning he began to weep. He surprised himself with this sudden burst of emotion after almost forty years.Friday, December 20   The trial was irretrievably over; everything that could be said had been said, but he had never doubted that he would lose. The written verdict was handed down at 10:00 on Friday morning, and all that remained was a summing up from the reporters waiting in the corridor outside the district court.   Carl Mikael Blomkvist saw them through the doorway and slowed his step. He had no wish to discuss the verdict, but questions were unavoidable, and he—of all people—knew that they had to be asked and answered. This is how it is to be a criminal, he thought. On the other side of the microphone. He straightened up and tried to smile. The reporters gave him friendly, almost embarrassed greetings.   "Let's see . . . Aftonbladet, Expressen, TT wire service, TV4, and . . . where are you from? . . . ah yes, Dagens Nyheter. I must be a celebrity," Blomkvist said.   "Give us a sound bite, Kalle Blomkvist." It was a reporter from one of the evening papers.   Blomkvist, hearing the nickname, forced himself as always not to roll his eyes. Once, when he was twenty-three and had just started his first summer job as a journalist, Blomkvist had chanced upon a gang which had pulled off five bank robberies over the past two years. There was no doubt that it was the same gang in every instance. Their trademark was to hold up two banks at a time with military precision. They wore masks from Disney World, so inevitably police logic dubbed them the Donald Duck Gang. The newspapers renamed them the Bear Gang, which sounded more sinister, more appropriate to the fact that on two occasions they had recklessly fired warning shots and threatened curious passersby.   Their sixth outing was at a bank in Östergötland at the height of the holiday season. A reporter from the local radio station happened to be in the bank at the time. As soon as the robbers were gone he went to a public telephone and dictated his story for live broadcast.   Blomkvist was spending several days with a girlfriend at her parents' summer cabin near Katrineholm. Exactly why he made the connection he could not explain, even to the police, but as he was listening to the news report he remembered a group of four men in a summer cabin a few hundred feet down the road. He had seen them playing badminton out in the yard: four blond, athletic types in shorts with their shirts off. They were obviously bodybuilders, and there had been something about them that had made him look twice—maybe it was because the game was being played in blazing sunshine with what he recognised as intensely focused energy.   There had been no good reason to suspect them of being the bank robbers, but nevertheless he had gone to a hill overlooking their cabin. It seemed empty. It was about forty minutes before a Volvo drove up and parked in the yard. The young men got out, in a hurry, and were each carrying a sports bag, so they might have been doing nothing more than coming back from a swim. But one of them returned to the car and took out from the boot something which he hurriedly covered with his jacket. Even from Blomkvist's relatively distant observa...

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Starred Review. Cases rarely come much colder than the decades-old disappearance of teen heiress Harriet Vanger from her family's remote island retreat north of Stockholm, nor do fiction debuts hotter than this European bestseller by muckraking Swedish journalist Larsson. At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden's dirty not-so-little secrets (as suggested by its original title, Men Who Hate Women), this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple: disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, freshly sentenced to jail for libeling a shady businessman, and the multipierced and tattooed Lisbeth Salander, a feral but vulnerable superhacker. Hired by octogenarian industrialist Henrik Vanger, who wants to find out what happened to his beloved great-niece before he dies, the duo gradually uncover a festering morass of familial corruption—at the same time, Larsson skillfully bares some of the similar horrors that have left Salander such a marked woman. Larsson died in 2004, shortly after handing in the manuscripts for what will be his legacy. 100,000 first printing. (Sept.)
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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 561 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1847242537
  • Editeur : Quercus; Édition : Film tie-in (1 octobre 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0857389262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857389268
  • ASIN: B002RI9ZQ8
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Stieg Larsson, né en 1954, journaliste auquel on doit des essais sur l'économie et des reportages de guerre en Afrique, était le rédacteur en chef d'Expo, revue suédoise observatoire des manifestations ordinaires du fascisme. Il est décédé brutalement, en 2004, d'une crise cardiaque, juste après avoir remis à son éditeur les trois volumineux tomes de la trilogie Millénium. En janvier 2011, Eva Gabrielsson, la compagne de Stieg Larsson, signe le récit de leur histoire commune sous le titre Millénium, Stieg et moi.

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Vous êtes devant LE polar à suspens de l'année. Quand on commence, on ne peux plus s'arrêter.
J'ai choisi de l'acheter en anglais car il n'est pas patuen poche en France (=à un prix abordable). Je ne regrette pas car c'est facile à lire.

A acheter pour passer un bon moment!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Pretty good... but is it great? 22 avril 2014
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This was undeniably an enjoyable read... But ultimately I'm left wondering what all the fuss was about. The characters are interesting but not particularly memorable in my eyes, and the mystery itself is a bit too obvious, the clues too convenient, the ending a little too James Bond-ish.
Still, I'm likely going to read the sequels now, so I can't complain too much !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Un bon roman 8 octobre 2013
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Une histoire prenante et pleine de suspence avec un personnage principal original, complexe et intriguant. Ce roman se lit très facilement et je me suis laissée facilement prendre par l'enquête pour trouver le coupable.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent livre 22 août 2013
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Beaucoup different j'attend les deux autres parties de cet trilogy .Je recommande vivement!C'est dommage que Stieg Larsson n'est pas avec nous poursaveur son success.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Girl with the Dragon tattoo 16 juillet 2013
Par Lectrice
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Contenu du livre conforme à ce que j'attendais en termes d'intrigue et de personnages, suite aux divers critiques. J'aurais apprécié quelques notes explicatives sur les termes et noms propres en langue originale, cela aurait aidé à situer différents éléments, comme les coûts. Sur la version kindle, les quelques schémas sont illisibles, malgré les options pour changer la taille de la police et la mise en page. Dommage.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un fantastique récit 26 janvier 2013
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A la lecture de ce roman, on comprend le succès de Millenium: voici un livre à la construction parfaite, aux personnages de chair et d'os, plus vrais que nature. Larsson a réalisé une grande œuvre. A recommander sans la moindre réserve !
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A good old fashioned 'locked room' mystery but this time the murder took place on an island from which there was no way off. Interesting cast of characters and the added bonus that it takes place in Sweden, so places, streets, etc., are not familiar if you have never been to this country.
After about half way I found this a real page-turner, unput-downable.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Foncez si vous cherchez un bon polar! 24 juin 2010
Par nighteyes
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J'ai dévoré les 3 volumes en anglais - le premier étant le moins bien des 3! Assurez-vous d'avoir le 3ème roman sous la main avant de finir le 2 car on a vite envie de se replonger dans l'histoire.
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Extraordinaire ! Passionnant ! Bien conçu, bien écrit, des lieux si bien décrits qu'on les voit presque, des personnages denses, fouillés, attachants, auxquels... Lire la suite
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An excellent book, very hard to put down. Cannot wait to read the other two books in the trilogy.
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La mise en place de l'intrigue et la présentation des personnages sont assez longues et occupent la moitié du bouquin - mais sans ennuyer le lecteur. Lire la suite
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Prenez un papier et un crayon dès le début, histoire de vous rappeler les personnages.... Ca vous facilitera les choses. Histoire captivante. Lire la suite
Publié le 14 février 2010 par F. Nathalie
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Je n'ai eu qu'une envie après l'avoir lu, commander le second volume mais j'ai du patienter car les versions anglaises sont plus longues à sortir que les françaises. Lire la suite
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à dévorer d'une traite tellement il est prenant; à lire en premier pour ensuite se lancer dans les 2 autres
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