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  THE GIRL WITH THE
   DRAGON TATTOO
            (PART ONE OF THE MILLENNIUM SERIES)


                www.millenniumtrilogymovie.com
                    Runtime: 146 minutes




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         New Zealand Release Date: 26th December 2009
Synposis

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, ruthless
computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.

When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders
from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family
history. But the Vanger's are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are
about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Millennium is based on the trilogy of books by Stieg Larsson and has sold over
21 million copies worldwide. Tragically, Larsson did not live to see the
phenomenon his work has become as he died suddenly in 2004 soon after
delivering the manuscripts to his Swedish publisher.




Quick Facts

- More than 21 million copies of the Millennium trilogy now sold throughout
the World!!

- “Men Who Hate Women” was the Best Selling Book in the EU of 2008

- Stieg Larsson was the second best selling author worldwide of 2008
(Khaled Hosseini author of "The Kite Runner" came first)
MILLENNIUM

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (AKA ‘Men Who Hate Women’)

Director’s statement

Many people have asked me, if I felt honored to be chosen to direct the
feature film ”Men Who Hate Women” based on the first book in the
Millennium trilogy of Stieg Larsson,. The truth is: When the producer Soren
Staermose asked me the first time, I said no. I had heard of the books, but
hadn’t read them. Furthermore, I didn’t have the time and intention to do a
thriller for the cinema.

Soren came back half a year later and asked me again. The production time
had been pushed and he was very enthusiastic about me doing the film. So I
read the book, it was very intriguing but I didn’t see it as a thriller. I saw it
more as a mystery drama with strong and special characters, who develop
through out the story. I really connected with this material, Lisbeth being a
dark rebel and Blomqvist a leftist watchdog.
I told Soren, that I would do the film, but only if I had artistic control over cast,
script, length, final cut etc. Having this control, I saw as the only way for me to
do a successful film based on such a popular book. That I had the sovereignty
to make every decision being about doing the best possible film.

I wanted a film with strong emotions, strong characters and a controversial
and intriguing story. This is my trademark already and this book had it all. The
visual style and production design had to show a big and special film. And I
wanted all the small clues and details in Larsson’s book to be there – old still
photos, which makes Harriet come alive, old footages from the bridge
accident, Lisbeth having a photographic memory etc. And I would like the film
to keep the edge, that the book has. That it dares to show the dark side of
society.

I asked two of the best writers in Scandinavian Rasmus Heisterberg and Nikolaj
Arcel, to write the script for me. Together we dissected the book and plotted
out the storyline. Rasmus and Nikolaj then wrote like crazy. The time left
before the start of shooting was already short.
It took the caster Tusse Lande and I months to cast the film – I am hysterical
with finding the right actor for the characters. There must be a special
connection between the actor and the character. The actors must have the
shine of the character. The Swedish star actor Michael Nyqvist present us with
the humanity, empathy and heavyweight intellectualism, which we expect
from his character Michael Blomkvist. And he does this so well, that we are
captured in excitement all the way though the story.
Lisbeth Salander is possibly the character in modern Scandinavian drama with
the most expectations attached, and I can’t believe the luck we have had in
finding Noomi Rapace for this part. Noomi has transformed herself into her
character to a chilling perfection. Her performance as Lisbeth is outstanding.

I talked cinema photographer Eric Kress and production designer Niels Sejer
into travelling to Sweden to do this film under hectic conditions. A decision, I
did not regret at any moment. They have raised the bar for this film, giving the
art department work amazing details and the images a dark exciting feel.
The prep time was short and early on it became clear to me, that we needed a
miracle to bring the film home on time and budget. At that time the Swedish
crew came on board, a team that was determined to make a quality film even
if it took long days and hard work under tough conditions. And man, did they
deliver. As did the whole ensemble of actors. The feeling of the set was, that
every shooting day was a battle for quality. A battle we were determined to
win. And now, that the film is nearly finished, I know we did…

MICHAEL NYQVIST PLAYS MIKAEL BLOMQVIST



                      After graduating from the Swedish Academic School of
                      Drama, Michael worked mainly with theatre but also
                      landed smaller parts in several different film
                      productions. His first big breakthrough came in 2000
                      with the film TOGETHER directed by Lukas Moodysson.
                      The movie reached great international success. After
                      that he has played leading parts in award winning
                      movies such as GRABBEN I GRAVEN BREDVID directed
                      by Kjell Sundvall, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, directed by Kay
Pollak and awarded in his most recently Suddenly directed by Johan Brisinger.

Michael was always in the running for the playing the part of Mikael Blomqvist
but it was his charisma that suited the role the most. Director, Neils Arden
Oplev found the match he was looking for – someone who had the right looks,
the charm and the likeability factor.

Today he is one of Sweden’s most beloved actors.

Awards:
   Best Male Actor at the Guldbagge, the Swedish Oscar 2002
   Film Star of the Year 2002 & 2004 by Aftonbladet (Swedish newspaper)
   Best Male Actor 2003 by Nöjesguiden
   Prize winner The Golden Sun, 2004
   Best Actor in the International Film Festival in Gijon 2003
   AS IT IS IN HEAVEN nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars 2004
   Best Male Actor in the International Film Festival in Minsk 2006
   Winner of the Audience Prize at the Gulbagge Gala 2006



NOOMI RAPACE PLAYS LISBETH SALANDER

                           The first issue the production team had to establish
                           was “who is Lisbeth Salander”?
                           A huge list of young female actors were considered as
                           were unknown and inexperienced actresses as the
                           search for Lisbeth took to the streets of Stockholm!
                           Ultimately, what they were looking for was someone
                           with originality. Noomi’s leading role in the feature
                           film “Daisy Diamond” drew the attention of the
                           production team. This was a very brave role and it
                           was decided that with her skills and mental strength
                           she would be able to do miracles in the role as Lisbeth
with the right director.

Noomi, a self-taught actress having never been to drama school, took to the
role instantly. She undertook a radial change in her appearance for starters –
she cut her hair, took boxing lessons to change her body into a ball of muscle,
got piercings in her eyebrow, lip, ears and nose. She even got her motorbike
license! Everything is for real with Noomi, except for the huge tattoo which
was imported from America!
STIEG LARSSON – AUTHOR OF THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY

                       Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a journalist. He was the
                       Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Expo from 1999, and had
                       previously worked at a major news agency for many
                       years. He was one of the world’s leading experts on anti-
                       democratic, right-wing extremist and nazi organisations,
                       and he was often consulted on that account. He was just
                       as ready to give a lecture in a secondary school as at
Scotland Yard.

The Millennium series is a surprisingly confidant debut in the thriller genre. The
action in the books takes place in 2003 and later, mainly in Stockholm but even
in other parts of Sweden and out in the world. Stieg Larsson’s primary strength
is his unaffected style, free of clichés. He writes effectively, his tone is spot-on
and he is professional.

On top of this, he exhibits a great knowledge of the field he writes about, a
knowledge as wide as it is deep, which gives credibility to his stories. He has a
fantastic ability to keep many complicated plots going at the same time. And
he doesn’t leave any part of the mystery unsolved.

NIELS ARDEN OPLEV – DIRECTOR

                  “Many people have asked me, if I felt honored to be chosen to
                  direct the feature film ”Men Who Hate Women” based on the
                  first book in the Millennium trilogy of Stieg Larsson,. The truth
                  is: When the producer Soren Staermose asked me the first
                  time, I said no. I had heard of the books, but hadn’t read them.
                  Furthermore, I didn’t have the time and intention to do a
thriller for the cinema.”

“Soren came back half a year later and asked me again. The production time
had been pushed and he was very enthusiastic about me doing the film. So I
read the book, it was very intriguing but I didn’t see it as a thriller. I saw it
more as a mystery drama with strong and special characters, who develop
through out the story. I really connected with this material, Lisbeth being a
dark rebel and Blomqvist a leftist watchdog.
I told Soren, that I would do the film, but only if I had artistic control over cast,
script, length, final cut etc. Having this control, I saw as the only way for me to
do a successful film based on such a popular book. That I had the sovereignty
to make every decision being about doing the best possible film.”
“I wanted a film with strong emotions, strong characters and a controversial
and intriguing story. This is my trademark already and this book had it all. The
visual style and production design had to show a big and special film. And I
wanted all the small clues and details in Larsson’s book to be there – old still
photos, which makes Harriet come alive, old footages from the bridge
accident, Lisbeth having a photographic memory etc. And I would like the film
to keep the edge, that the book has. That it dares to show the dark side of
society.”

“I asked two of the best writers in Scandinavian Rasmus Heisterberg and
Nikolaj Arcel, to write the script for me. Together we dissected the book and
plotted out the storyline. Rasmus and Nikolaj then wrote like crazy. The time
left before the start of shooting was already short.
It took the caster Tusse Lande and I months to cast the film – I am hysterical
with finding the right actor for the characters. There must be a special
connection between the actor and the character. The actors must have the
shine of the character. The Swedish star actor Michael Nyqvist present us with
the humanity, empathy and heavyweight intellectualism, which we expect
from his character Michael Blomkvist. And he does this so well, that we are
captured in excitement all the way though the story.
Lisbeth Salander is possibly the character in modern Scandinavian drama with
the most expectations attached, and I can’t believe the luck we have had in
finding Noomi Rapace for this part. Noomi has transformed herself into her
character to a chilling perfection. Her performance as Lisbeth is outstanding.”

“I talked cinema photographer Eric Kress and production designer Niels Sejer
into travelling to Sweden to do this film under hectic conditions. A decision, I
did not regret at any moment. They have raised the bar for this film, giving the
art department work amazing details and the images a dark exciting feel.
The prep time was short and early on it became clear to me, that we needed a
miracle to bring the film home on time and budget. At that time the Swedish
crew came on board, a team that was determined to make a quality film even
if it took long days and hard work under tough conditions. And man, did they
deliver. As did the whole ensemble of actors. The feeling of the set was, that
every shooting day was a battle for quality. A battle we were determined to
win. And now, that the film is nearly finished, I know we did…”
NIELS ARDEN OPLEV – Director
Born 1961

Niels Arden Oplev graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in
1989. His first feature film Portland (1996) was selected for the main
competition in Berlin and his second feature Chop Chop (2001) received both
National Danish Film Awards Bodil and Robert. Oplev has worked as a director
on the TV-series successes Taxa, Unit One, Defense and The Eagle The three
last mentioned as creator of the series. Unit One and The Eagle both received
the prestigious Emmy award for best foreign TV series in 2002 and 2005. His
most recent feature We Shall Overcome (2006) became the most successful
Danish film in 2006 and was among other awards honored with The Crystal
Bear at Berlin Film Festival same year. Oplev's next film will be based on the
first book in the bestselling trilogy The Millenium by Swedish author Stieg
Larsson.

In Worlds Apart Oplev yet again shows his partiality for portraying the struggle
against imperturbable authorities and static traditions. But where the
autobiographic We Shall Overcome dealt with new times in the province and
elementary school, Worlds Apart takes on the conflicts within the controversial
and religious sect Jehovah's Witnesses. The film is based on a newspaper
article about the former witness Tabita, who at 17 succeeded in breaking away
from the sect she grew up in, by choosing freedom and love as opposed to
Jehovah's religious standards. Oplev chose to let the main character Sara's
fight for the right to love and freedom be a symbol of the eternal, critical stand
towards the kind of dogmatic authority which fundamentalist religions are only
one part of.

(this biography was written at the time of the cinematic release for Worlds
Apart)

Director:
    In Production
    2000s
    1990s
   1. Män som hatar kvinnor (2009) (filming)
      ... aka Mænd som hader kvinder (Denmark)
      ... aka The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (International: English title)
  2. To verdener (2008)
      ... aka Worlds Apart (International: English title)
  3. "Ørnen: En krimi-odyssé" (7 episodes, 2004-2006)
      ... aka Ørnen (Denmark: short title)
      ... aka The Eagle (International: English title)
          - Kodenavn: Ithaka - Del 24 (2006) TV episode (head director)
          - Kodenavn: Ithaka - Del 23 (2006) TV episode (head director)
          - Kodenavn: Thanatos - Del 19 (2006) TV episode (head director)
          - Kodenavn: Kerkes - Del 16 (2005) TV episode (head director)
          - Kodenavn: Kerkes - Del 15 (2005) TV episode (head director)
            (2 more)
  4. Drømmen (2006)
      ... aka We Shall Overcome (International: English title)
  5. "Forsvar" (2003) TV series (unknown episodes)
      ... aka Defense (literal English title)
  6. Fukssvansen (2001)
      ... aka Chop Chop (Europe: English title)
  7. "Rejseholdet" (3 episodes, 2000)
      ... aka Mordkommissionen (Sweden)
      ... aka Unit 1 (International: English title)
      ... aka Unit One (International: English title)
          - Assistancemelding A-21/99, del2 (2000) TV episode
          - Assistancemelding A-21/99, del 1 (2000) TV episode
          - Assistancemelding A-15/99 (2000) TV episode
  8. "Taxa" (5 episodes, 1998)
          - Del 24 (1998) TV episode
          - Del 23 (1998) TV episode
          - Del 22 (1998) TV episode
          - Del 14 (1998) TV episode
          - Del 13 (1998) TV episode
  9. Headbang i Hovedlandet (1997) (TV)
  10.Portland (1996)
  11.Nøgen (1992)
      ... aka Tilbage til kærligheden - Nøgen (Denmark: series title)
Writer:
   2000s
   1990s
  1. To verdener (2008) (writer)
      ... aka Worlds Apart (International: English title)
   2. Drømmen (2006) (writer)
      ... aka We Shall Overcome (International: English title)
   3. Fukssvansen (2001) (writer)
      ... aka Chop Chop (Europe: English title)
   4. Headbang i Hovedlandet (1997) (TV) (writer)
   5. Portland (1996) (writer)
   6. Nøgen (1992) (writer)
      ... aka Tilbage til kærligheden - Nøgen (Denmark: series title)
Miscellaneous Crew:
   1. Mellem os (2003) (consultant) (as Niels Arden)
      ... aka Between Us (International: English title) (UK)
Self:
    2000s
    1990s
   1. Robert 2007 (2007) (TV) .... Himself - Winner
      ... aka Robert Prisen 2007 (Denmark: promotional title)
   2. "Deadline" .... Himself - Film Director (1 episode, 2006)
      ... aka Deadline 17:00 (Denmark: first part title)
      ... aka Deadline 2. sektion (Denmark: late Sunday edition)
          - Episode dated 24 March 2006 (2006) TV episode .... Himself - Film
      Director
   3. Drømmen - en instruktørs rejse (2006) (TV) .... Himself/Director
   4. "Smagsdommerne" .... Himself (1 episode, 2006)
          - Episode #3.7 (2006) TV episode .... Himself
   5. Made in Filmland (1997) .... Himself
      ... aka Made in Filmland, meno-paluu suomalaiseen elokuvaan (Finland:
      long title)
Søren Stærmose - Producer
Born 1952

Producer:
Män som hatar kvinnor (2009) (filming) (producer)
... aka Mænd som hader kvinder (Denmark)
... aka The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (International: English title)
"Wallander" (associate producer) (13 episodes, 2005-2006)
  - Hemligheten (2006) TV episode (associate producer)
  - Jokern (2006) TV episode (associate producer)
  - Blodsband (2006) TV episode (associate producer)
  - Luftslottet (2006) TV episode (associate producer)
  - Täckmanteln (2006) TV episode (associate producer)
   (8 more)
Capricciosa (2003) (producer)
Zingo (1998) (producer)
Hjørne af paradis, Et (1997) (associate producer)
... aka A Corner of Paradise (USA)
... aka A Scent of Paradise (International: English title)
... aka Doft av paradiset, En (Sweden)
... aka Rincón en el paraíso, Un (Costa Rica)
The Disappearance of Finbar (1996) (co-producer)
... aka När Finbar försvann (Sweden)
Lumière et compagnie (1995) (co-producer)
... aka Lumière and Company (International: English title)
... aka Lumiere y compañía (Spain)
Stockholm Marathon (1994) (producer)
... aka Kommissar Beck - Verschlossen und versiegelt (Germany)
... aka Kommissar Beck: Verschlossen und versiegelt (Germany)
... aka Tod läuft mit, Der (Germany: TV title)
Polismördaren (1994) (V) (executive producer)
... aka Polizistenmörder, Der (Germany)
... aka The Police Murderer (USA)
Mannen på balkongen (1993) (executive producer)
... aka Mann auf dem Balkon, Der (Germany)
... aka The Man on the Balcony
Polis polis potatismos (1993) (V) (producer)
... aka Murder at the Savoy (USA)
... aka Und die Großen läßt man (Germany: TV title)
Brandbilen som försvann (1993) (executive producer)
... aka Alarm in Sköldgatan (Germany)
... aka The Fire Engine That Disappeared
Morfars resa (1993) (producer)
... aka Grandpa's Journey
Actor:
"Forbrydelsen" .... Leif Simonsen (8 episodes, 2007)
... aka The Killing (Denmark: informal English title)
  - Episode #2.9 (2007) TV episode .... Leif Simonsen
  - Episode #2.6 (2007) TV episode .... Leif Simonsen
  - Episode #2.5 (2007) TV episode .... Leif Simonsen
  - Episode #2.4 (2007) TV episode .... Leif Simonsen
  - Episode #2.3 (2007) TV episode .... Leif Simonsen
   (3 more)
Production Manager:
Zingo (1998) (post-production manager)
ABOUT THE SERIES

Niels Arden Oplev Copenhagen December 2008

Introduction
The Millennium Series is based on three voluminous books, the result of a
crime debut that in itself is a story of an extraordinary kind. The interest for the
books, both nationally and internationally, has been almost unprecedented.
The myth around the writer and the books are both tragic and mesmerizing.
The author Stieg Larsson, investigating journalist himself at the magazine Expo,
wrote three books of 600 pages each before handing it in to the publishing
company Norstedts. Tragically and unexpectedly though, Stieg Larsson passed
away before the first book was ever published. However, the buzz around the
books had already started to spread, and the following marketing campaign
was proportional to the interest. 60 000 copies of the book was printed, the
largest first edition for a Swedish crime debutant ever. Now all three books
have sold more than 2 million copies in Sweden and almost 3,5 millions copies
in total in Europe. The books is or will be published in Norway, Denmark,
Finland, Great Britain, USA Germany, France, Holland, Belgium and Israel

Yellow Bird obtained the rights to the highly praised books and our intention is
to make 6x90 min crime series for TV, based on the three books. We also
believe there is a thrilling feature film story in the first book, Men who hate
women, and this book will therefore be made in two versions, one 150 minute
feature film and one 2 X 90 minutes for the TV-market. The feature film will be
released theatrically as an introduction to the universe of Stieg Larssons
characters. However, for the TV-audience the three books will appear in
chronological order starting with Men who hate women. The Millennium Series
is a high-end series targeted at an international prime time audience, to meet
up with the standards and interest arosen by the books.

The stories
The Millennium Series is a unique and new form of conspiracy and crime,
written with equal parts of thorough research and enthusiastic narrative zest.
The first book have the character of a classic who-done-it, the second is more
of a nerve wrecking thriller, the third besides being a thriller also has great
parts of court drama to it. Instead of the classic Superintendent character, the
main character duo in The Millennium Series are the investigating journalist
Mikael Blomkvist and his reluctant partner Lisbeth Salander, a world class
hacker with a definitive social behavior problem. The stories take place just as
naturally in Stockholm, Göteborg Alingsås (Nosseberga) and the small northern
village Hedeby.


The Millennium Series
The major part of the first book, Män som hatar kvinnor [THE GIRL WITH TRHE
DRAGON TATTOO AKA Men who hate women], consists of a classic who-done-
it – a modern variety of Dorothy Sayers one might say – which ends in a dirty
and bloody family drama with many corpses in the wardrobes.

Book number 2 and 3 are pure action thrillers with elements from crime
novels, both in a fast, compact pace.

The gallery of characters that are introduced in the first book are found again
in the second and third one, and new characters are added. At the centre we
have a mismatched, but unbeatable couple: Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth
Salander. Stieg Larsson wrote the two characters based on an adult version of
two very famous Astrid Lindgren-characters – Bill Bergson the Master
Detective and Pippi Longstocking.

Mikael Blomkvist is a middle-aged investigative journalist who is passionately
devoted to his work. He is a part-owner and publisher of a magazine called
Millennium, which examines contemporary society from a critical point-of-
view, and that magazine serves as a base for much of the story in the series.
Blomkvist is an honourable and rather ordinary decent citizen, gifted with a
charm that means that women are easily attracted to him.

Lisbeth Salander is his complete opposite. A young Tarantino-woman with a
mysterious past which has turned her into an avenger and a real outsider. She
is 24 but looks more like 14, has black-dyed hair, has tattoos as well as
piercings. Because of her background, Salander has had an official guardian
appointed to keep an eye on her; she is deeply suspicious of all authorities and
institutions and this has led to her having created a moral stance of her own.
She is a world-class computer hacker, and is completely at home in the cyber
world where she can get any information she wants. But just as comfortable
she feels in the cyber world, just as awkward is she in the real world, with real
people. Besides that, she is unusually intelligent and has a photographic
memory. Blomkvist and Salander together make a formidable radar-duo and
are a wonderful acquaintance for us to follow.
THE STORIES

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO [AKA Men who hate women]
The first volume in the Millennium series

Mikael Blomkvist is an investigative journalist, specialized in financial crime. At
the beginning of the book, Mikael has just been condemned to a short prison
sentence for slandering the financier Wennerström. This means that he has to
take ‘time-out’ from his job as part-owner and publisher of the magazine
Millennium. At this juncture, he is approached by Henrik Vanger, formerly the
head of the Vanger companies which have their base in a little town in
northern Sweden.

Henrik Vanger wants Mikael Blomkvist to get to the bottom of an unsolved
criminal mystery. The then 16-year-old Harriet Vanger disappeared without
trace almost 40 years ago, and it is assumed that she was murdered. But every
year on the anniversary of her birthday, Henrik Vanger receives a posted
reminder which means that he is unable to shake off the suspicion that she
might still be alive. With the help of a very fat fee and a bait in the form of
information about financier Wennerström’s dirty dealings, Henrik Vanger
succeeds in persuading Blomkvist to take on the assignment. The official story
is that Blomkvist will be writing the history of the Vanger family.

Blomkvist soon picks up a track which leads straight into hidden, very bloody
family secrets. Now he needs help with research, and it is suggested that he
used Lisbeth Salander’s talents.
The two protagonists thus come together. The suspense tightens when they
realise that a member of the Vanger family is involved in a number of sadistic
crimes, and it reaches a climax when Salander saves Blomkvist from a situation
which is about to cost him his life.

The promised reward, which besides the fee would also contain important
information about Wennerström, turns out to be insufficient. Instead, it is yet
again Salander with her hacker skills who succeeds in getting hold of
convincing evidence against Wennerström. Blomkvist thus gets his revenge for
the slander judgement against him, and Salander – with the help of her
unconventional methods – manages to get hold of a large part of
Wennerström’s hidden riches.
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
Second volume of the Millennium series

With Wennerström’s money, Salander has travelled around the world under
various aliases and with different passports, and has also arranged a couple of
drastic changes to her appearance.

In Stockholm, Mikael Blomkvist has returned to his work at the magazine
Millennium. He is coordinating an article and book project about trafficking,
the trade with young girls from east to west. The author is a young,
investigative journalist who is shacked up with a post grad who is just finalising
her doctoral thesis in the same subject: From Russia with love. A number of
very senior men in Swedish society, including a deputy head of the security
service, are expected to be completely scandalised at the imminent
publication.

Meanwhile, Salander returns to Stockholm and buys a new luxury flat under an
assumed identity. She has always kept track of what has gone on in
Millennium’s and Blomkvist’s computers, and she finds a connection with her
past, her now guardian Nils Bjurman – who turned out to be a nasty bit of work
and who had previously (in book 1) abused her – and the trafficking project.
She seeks out the young journalist and his postgrad girlfriend and when
Blomkvist, that same evening, visits the couple he finds that they have been
shot dead. At about the same time, Bjurman too is found murdered in his own
home, and with the same weapon, a gun with Salander’s fingerprints on it.
Now, all the evidence points towards her.

A gigantic police investigation rolls into action. A nation-wide warrant is put
out for Salander’s arrest, and she is pulled to pieces in the media with her
passport photo, records from psychiatric care and other things that can be dug
up about her past. Only Mikael Blomkvist and his colleagues at Millennium
believe that Salander can be innocent, and they instead look for a connection
between the triple murder and the trafficking theme.

A couple of hit-men associated with a motorbike club kidnap Salander’s closest
friend Miriam Wu. Now, Salander sets out on a hunt for the invisible leader of
the gang, a feared person known as Zala. This Zala is a central figure in
Salander’s life and she now has a decisive chance to get even with him.
The book ends in a bloody settlement. The dramatic final scene where
Salander is found riddled with bullets and buried alive, has the reader gasping
with surprise.


THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST
The third novel in the Millennium series

Two very badly injured persons are flown by ambulance helicopter to the
University Hospital in Gothenburg. One of them is Lisbeth Salander – she is in a
critical condition after being shot in the head, and she must be operated on
immediately. The other injured person is Alexander Zalachenko alias Karl Axel
Bodin. He is a former professional killer from the Russian secret service who
defected to the West in the 1970s and was given a sanctuary in Sweden by
SÄPO, the Swedish intelligence agency. Zalachenko is also Salander’s father.

Alexander Zalachenko is the spider in the web in Lisbeth Salander’s dark past.
He is a deeply criminal, violent and ruthless man, and he worried the life out of
Salander’s mother. When Lisbeth Salander – 12 years old – tried to kill him by
pouring petrol over him and setting fire to it, then he and his protectors in
SÄPO’s secret so-called ‘Section’ ensured that she was locked up in a special
child psychiatry unit. There, she was left in the hands of the senior doctor,
Peter Teleborian, to be “cared for”. And it was he who later saw to it that she
was put under guardianship.

Many crimes, even murders, have been committed under the direction of
Zalachenko’s protectors. They are now in a hurry to sweep away all traces that
might reveal their activities. The former boss of the ‘Section’, the old
communist-hunter Evert Gullberg, is called in to shoot Zalachenko and then
himself in the hospital room in Gothenburg.

One of the crimes Salander is suspected of, is the attempted murder of
Zalachenko, and as soon as she is fit enough she will be brought before court.
Mikael Blomkvist is now getting closer to the truth, and is beginning to
understand how the sex-trafficking affair, the Salander case and the judicial
scandal around SÄPO all interconnect. He is preparing a journalistic revelation
which will clear Lisbeth Salander’s name completely, but which will also shake
to the core the government, SÄPO and the entire country. He asks his sister, a
lawyer specialising in women’s rights, Annika Giannini, to be Salander’s
defence counsel in the coming trial.
The book ends with a magnificent court scene where Annika Giannini is a
glowing defence counsel and where justice – true justice – finally triumphs.
For the first time in Lisbeth Salander’s life.
Quotes about the books:

‘A publishing sensation, an accomplished crime writer who seemingly came
from nowhere … Crime fiction has seldom needed to salute and mourn such a
stellar talent as Larsson’s in the same breath’ Sunday Times

‘The journalist and the hacker are ingenious, believable creations… In the end,
the novel becomes, among other things, something of a tender love story...
This is a striking novel, full of passion, an evocative sense of place and subtle
insights into venal, corrupt minds.‘ Observer


`The ballyhoo is fully justified… The novel scores on every front – character,
story, atmosphere and the translation’ The Times

‘Anticipation of the treats in store in the remainder of the trilogy are, sadly,
tempered by the knowledge that shortly after presenting his manuscript,
Larsson died of a heart attack aged 50… [but] his perceptive insights into the
abuse of power by both individuals and institutions are designed to reach a
wider readership than he could ever have imagined.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Swedish crime fiction, like the country itself, has both class and a social
conscience. It was only a matter of time before it produced its own War And
Peace… This behemoth of a novel [is] not only all-encompassing in its themes
with a cast of dozens but also so physically huge that if you want to stay up all
night devouring it, as you undoubtedly will, you'll have to sit at the kitchen
table. It's far too heavy to read in bed….The plotting and pacing are masterful.
No wonder Europe has gone wild over Blomkvist and his riveting sidekick’
Sydney Morning Herald

‘The style is leisurely and detailed, the plot interesting and credible but above
all the heroine is splendidly original…an extraordinary book’ Literary Review

‘A rip-roaring serial-killer adventure’ Mail on Sunday

‘A multi-layered, multi-charactered tale by a writer of some considerable
power. Full of social conscience and compassion, with considerable insight
into the nature of corruption, it just knocked me out… a blend that is as
mesmerizing as it is insightful into human motivations … This could be the
crime-fiction novel of 2008’ Ali Karim, Shotsmag
‘If you’re a reviewer, you sometimes find the hype surrounding certain books a
little OTT. In the case of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, every word of praise
that’s been pinned to it is richly deserved...The book is dark and absolutely
compelling…The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is one of the finest crime fiction
novels it’s been my privilege to read… Even if the two remaining books in the
trilogy are only half as good, Larsson will have left a formidable legacy.’ Sharon
Wheeler, Reviewing the Evidence


‘A long thriller [that] sustains the reader’s interest, partly because its well
plotted but more, perhaps, because of the anger Larsson directs at his
targets…Highly effective and a very good read: I look forward to the sequels.’
Spectator

‘The first in the trilogy of thrillers by a former political journalist who writes
with pace, power and authority on every page. Not to be missed.’ Classic FM

‘Stieg Larsson’s ambitious debut novel is a potent package…It boasts a timely
over-riding theme…a remarkable and distinctive punk heroine, a fascinating
portrait of some aspects of modern Sweden, and a steadily accelerating
narrative of … great verve and brio… This is a book of great scope and veracity,
astonishing for a first novel’ Bob Cornwell, Tangled Web

‘An epic crime story…[a] tightly woven crime thriller that pushed all the right
buttons’ Buzz!

‘Combines a good story with haunting characters and crusading message’
EuroCrime.com

This book is a SENSATION!!!, and without a doubt likely to be one of the top
thrillers of this - or any other - year! this is CLASSIC crime fiction… the mystery
enthrals to the very end. And it's not without its serious side - this is also an
impassioned social commentary on the author's part both of sex crime in his
native land and the twisted morals of some of its high-flying financial
players....Truly fresh, totally compelling, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
deserves to be just as popular as the early Henning Mankell - and then some!
Readings Books Review (Australia)
                                   CAST

Mikael Blomkvist MICHAEL NYQVIST
Lisbeth Salander NOOMI RAPACE
Erika Berger LENA ENDRE
Henrik Vanger SVEN-BERTIL TAUBE
Martin Vanger PETER HABER
Nils Bjurman PETER ANDERSSON
Cecilia Vanger MARIKA LAGERCRANTZ
Dirch Frode INGVAR HIRDWALL
Gustav Morell BJÖRN GRANATH
Harriet Vanger EWA FRÖLING
Holger Palmgren PER OSCARSSON
Dragan Armanskij MICHALIS KOUTSOGIANNAKIS
Annika Giannini ANNIKA HALLIN
Malin Eriksson SOFIA LEDARP
Plauge THOMAS KÖHLER
Janne Dahlman DAVID DENCIK
Hans-Erik Wennerström STEFAN SAUK
Harald Vanger GÖSTA BREDEFELDT
Gunnar Brännlund FREDRIK OHLSSON
Christer Malm JOCOB ERICKSSON
Isabella Vanger GUNNEL LINDBLOM
Enrico Giannini REUBEN SALLMANDER
Mimmi Wu YASMINE GARBI
Birgit Falk MARGARETA STONE
Otto Falk CHRISTIAN FIEDLER
Alexander Zalachenko GEORGI STAYKOV
Agneta Salander NINA NORÉN
Polis i Dalarna EMIL ALMÉN
Receptionist LOUISE RYME
Domare PALE OLOFSSON
Bildredaktör MIKAEL RAHM
Birger Vanger WILLIE ANDRÉASON
Ekonomichef JAN MYBRAND
Polisman i skogen LENNART R SVENSSON
Huliganer CARL OSCAR TÖRNROS
Äldre dam BARBRO ENBERG
Miltontekniker OLA WALLINDER
Kvinnlig TV reporter ALEXANDRA PASCALIDOU
Programledare SIEWERT ÖHOLM
Ung Lisbeth THEILLA BLADH
Jennie Giannini LAURA LIND
Monica Giannini ISABELLA ISACSON
Gottfried Vanger RICHARD FRANC
Plit MAGNUS STENIUS


Executive producers
Mikael Wallen
Ole Søndberg
Anni Faurbye Fernadez
Peter Nadermann


Producer
Søren Stærmose
Lone Korslund
Gunnar Carlsson

				
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