As a child, Lisbeth Salander was declared ‘legally incompetent’ and was under the care of legal guardian Holgar Palmgren, one of the few people in the world she trusted. After being released from St. Stefan’s Psychiatric Clinic for Children in Uppsala, Salander was placed with a foster family. After running away from her first few families, Palmgren explained that she would be placed back in the psychiatric clinic which convinced Salander not to run away from the next family. But, Palmgren has a stroke, her a new guardian: Nils Bjurman, is a sadist who forces Salander to perform sexual acts in return for access to her allowance.
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 Lisbeth Salander to investigate. She possesses a photographic memory and legendary hacking skills. 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.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was first published by Norstedts Förlag in 2005