The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Lisbeth Salander the heart of Larsson s two previous novels lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for... read more three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back. "From the Hardcover edition.""
This is the final in the Millenium trilogy and the last book we’ll see from the Swedish author as he died just after delivering the novels to his publisher. There is some talk that there’s an incomplete manuscript on his laptop computer but that’s the subject of legal wrangling between Larsson’s parents and his former partner so it’s debatable whether that will ever see the light of day. The Hornets’ Nest picks up exactly where The Girl Who Played with Fire left off. It opens with Lisbeth Salander and her brutal father being rushed to hospital where Salander has a bullet removed from her brain and the father she tried to kill recovers from axe wounds. The special group within the Swedish secret police, SAPO, realize that Salander will have to be dealt with once and for all otherwise the secrets they’ve been protecting and the crimes they’ve committed will be revealed to the world. Salander is forced to accept Mikael Blomkvist’s help if she is to outwit her enemies and so we have the old team back together again. This will be enormously satisfying for Larsson fans – loose ends are tied up and justice is dispensed. Again, some of the translation is a little clunky – pedants will hate the split infinitives – but that’s a minor quibble. This is a brilliant thriller - just don’t try to read it in a hurry. There are 599 pages of close type and I was on deadline which made for a marathon read but there was no way I was going to spoil it for myself by jumping to the end. Enjoy.
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By Wendy Shanks
I found all three books great to read, it kept you intrested all the way through. I have now brought the 3 dvds so will be intresting to see if they are just as good.
By Wendy Shanks