Are you ready for the next blockbuster novel to hit the bookshelves? I do believe I’ve got it sitting right here. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo snagged my attention immediately. Not only is it an intense mystery with a depth of plot being compared to War and Peace (don’t worry – you won’t get lost in anything but fascination), this amazing book was originally written in Swedish. If you’ve spent much time at all on this blog, then you know I’m a sucker for foreign works. If you’re not one to pick up a translated book, Stieg Larsson is about to make a convert out of you.

In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo you’ve got a work that will rival any powerful thriller or mystery seen in recent years, if not longer. In fact, Larsson’s first novel has outsold The DaVinci Code and Harry Potter in France, and the entire trilogy (Millennium Trilogy) has been selling fast and furious throughout Europe. Its complex plot will have the most die-hard mystery fans scratching their heads, unable to outwit the author.

In the book, protagonist Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist who’s recently been to jail for slander, finds himself with an offer to solve a wealthy family’s mystery – one of their own went missing over 30 years ago, and one family member is bound and determined to figure it out if it takes the last of his days. The biggest problem? Most of the suspects are members of his own twisted family. Blomkvist, with the help of social outcast Lisbeth Salander, take on the challenge in the hope of finding his own revenge in the process. What proceeds on the upcoming pages is a series of plot twists, turns, and unexpected stomach-droppers that will certainly see this book straight to the top of the Bestseller lists.

Just as fascinating is author Stieg Larsson himself. His own life sounds more like another thriller novel. Having worked for over 30 years fighting fascism and racial and religious intolerance through his journalistic work. He’s been quite a hero in his native Sweden, and across Europe as well. But shortly after presenting his trilogy of novels to his editor at the age of 50, Larsson unexpectedly died. Some call his death its own mystery due to the nature of his journalistic work. After all, he’d built up quite a list of dangerous enemies over the years. But close friends insist that Larsson’s 60-cigarette-a-day habit, along with his obsessively long work hours, certainly didn’t do anything positive for his health. Either way, a great crime writer was lost before his readers got a chance to discover him. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wasn’t even published in time for him to see it.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (published in Sweden under the name “Män Som Hatar Kvinnor”) will be out in hardcover in America for the first time, debuting on September 16th, 2008, but I have an extra copy here for one very lucky carp(e) libris reviews reader. Enter to win by midnight, September 12, 2008, and the winner will receive the book on the big release date. How to win? Read on…

3 Ways to Win
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1.) Leave a comment telling me about your mystery reading habits. Do you like mysteries and thrillers? What’s the best you’ve read lately? Have fun with your comment! Winners are randomly chosen, but if the name drawn doesn’t respond, I choose the next winner by comment.

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3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post. Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post.

Do all three, and you’ve got three entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Friday, September 12, 2008, to enter.

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97 Comments

  1. looks great…and love mysteries

  2. I love mysteries and thrillers. My girlfriend and I share books back and forth. What I’m reading now is not a new book, but it’s a medical thriller and very good. The name of it is Isolation Ward and the author is Joshua Spanogle.

  3. this sounds very good.

  4. looks great…I love mysteries

  5. The translator votes for contestant #31 as the most likely to enjoy this book. Happy reading, whoever wins it — Reg Keeland

  6. I am a mystery buff, one of my favorite places to learn of new Authors is Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
    I have been reading it since 1970.
    Thank you for the contest!

  7. I love the DaVinci Code type books. The twists and turns capture make me a captive reader!

  8. I like reading mysteries, but I have to be in the right mood. I love P.D. James’ Dalgiesh mysteries, and I recently listened to An Unfortunate Job for a Woman, the first in her Cordelia Grey series, on audiobook – it was very good.

    I also like John Dunning’s Bookman mysteries, and Sue Grafton’s alphabet series.

  9. I like mysteries and thrillers although I tend to gravitate toward thrillers. I just read “Heartsick” by Chelsea Caine and absolutely loved it. It’s a psychological thriller and I read through it so fast because I liked it so well that I was mad when it was over. However, I think there is another followup book out soon!

  10. LOVE a great mystery…read them when I have some ‘mommy down time’…great escape.THANKS

  11. I love thrillers and the best one I have read lately was Silent Thunder by Iris Johannsen

  12. Wow! This sounds great!

  13. I do like mystery books – the last one I read was The Westing Game, which is for kids but is actually really great even for adults. Thanks for the chance!

  14. I love mystery books and I think it all began with the Nancy Drew series when I was a child!

  15. i do read mysteries and thrillers-I love reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz. the last book I read was one I borrowed from a friend-The Taking by Koontz

  16. I love mysteries and thrillers. The last thriller I read a psychological thriller by Natsuo Kirino called The Real World. And the last mystery was In the Woods by Tana French.

    I’ve also left a link of this at my blog, it’s off to the side under Giveaway List.

    Thanks

    ~ Popin

  17. The last mystery I read was the Historian – but you could also call it horror or literary or a few other genres – which is just the way I like books to be.

  18. Thrillers are my favorite books to read.

  19. I like fun mysteries like Evonovich’s Plum series.

  20. I like mysteries,agatha christie,pd james,cornwell..thx

  21. Francine Anchondo

    I love mystery and true crime stories right now I am reading john grisham the appeal.

  22. I typically stick to Koontz and King but I’m due for a change of pace!

  23. I love thriller/suspense books!
    I love Mary Higgins Clark and Patricia Cornwell.

  24. Sounds like a fascinating book! I love mysteries but haven’t come across a good one in a long time!

  25. I love mysteries and thrillers. Any Stephen King book is my favorite. The thing, Cujo, etc.

  26. I’m into suspense, mysteries and thrillers like Dean Koontz, John Saul, Stephen King. I love those unexpected twists that keep you guessing and can’t put the book down until you finish to find out the ending!

  27. I love to read mysteries and thrillers set during World War 2. A time that our country was so patriotic and our grandfathers fighting to keep freedom for us.

  28. I just put this book on my list for the library(I know it won’t be there for a while). I love thrillers and my favorites are the series by Preston/Child. These are the books that I get really excited about.

  29. i love mystery books i dont read as much as i like to but im going to start making more time :)

  30. A good read ,a good mystery,count me in

  31. I prefer mysteries with a science-fiction component to them — which of course forces the ‘unreality’ component to be fairly well done, otherwise the ‘mystery’ aspect gets overwhelmed by the ‘deus ex machina’ aspect… NOT fair saying “we solved it by whipping out our tricorder and analyzing nano-particulates left by the culprit” or some such — THAT is just as bad as saying “And then a miracle occurred…”

  32. I do love mysteries, but don’t have any favorite author per se. The last book I read was My sister’s keeper, which though not a mystery, was a very good (but sad) book! I like books that also raise moral issues in politics, medicine, etc…

  33. Jacqueline in Atlanta

    Sounds like a great book. I love mysteries and thrillers (and romances). In fact, if I am not careful, I can get stuck in a rut and read nothing else.

    I just finished The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency which was so different from what I thot it would be, but was highly entertaining and I enjoyed the setting in Africa.

    I read The Dante Club recently, which was a fascinating book, with a disappointing ending.

    Would love to read this one!

    Thanks for having the giveaway!

  34. I love mysteries and thrillers

  35. I recently enjoyed Harlan Coben’s “Tell No One”.

  36. Your description of this book really intrigues me!
    Plus the author and i have the same last name(me minus an “s”)
    I also subscribed to your blog via email.
    thanks

  37. my new childrens mystery author for teaching is carole marsh

  38. Horror and Mysteries are my fave reads- I love nothing more than to curl up with a good book and shut the world out :)

  39. I love Mysteries and Thrillers. I recently read Carl Broojins’ The Case of the Deceiving Don.

  40. I love this book, i already have it…
    in swedish…

    i would love to win this one so my fiance could read it too

  41. Dean Koontz is one of my favorites!

  42. I love mysteries, usually forensic drama but I then like the classic Agatha Christie.

  43. I don’t really read alot of mysteries/thrillers, but would like to have a chance to read them more often. Great giveaway, thanks!

  44. This book sounds like a fascinating read…and this Stephen King fan, thanks you for the chance to explore the world of Stieg Larsson.

  45. I was the lucky winner… Thank you so much for the copy of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It’s sitting on my bedside table, I am looking forward to starting it tonight!

  46. Ok, I must be honest. Anything with the name tattoo grabs my attention as I am a proud owner of four. Well, one is so small the artist I have do my work said I have 3 1/2 but the smaller one hurt the worst and is for sure number 4. Count me in for giving this book a try. Thanks. And love the new look, but where are the fish? Just kidding.

  47. I love mysteries. I always try to figure out whodunnit!

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