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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest Book
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Joanne Leddington28 April 2010
Stieg Larsson is the only author whose books are so addictive that I seriously considered learning a new language (Swedish to be precise) so that I could finish the series without having to wait for an English translation! I am so pleased that The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is finally out in paperback now, I feel like I've been waiting to discover the conclusion to Millennium Trilogy for years. Continuing on from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest opens with Lisbeth Salander having been hospitalised after the dramatic events that followed her meeting with her father. From her hospital bed Salander plots her revenge against the man who tried to kill her and the governmental organisations that tried to destroy her life. Revenge is going to far from simple though as Salander is under close guard in hospital and will face three charges of murder and one of attempted murder as soon as she is deemed to have recovered from her injuries. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvilst and the staff at his Millennium magazine, Salander sets out to prove her innocence and to identify the corrupt politicians who conspired to allow vulnerable individuals to become victims of abuse and violence. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest provides a wonderful and downright thrilling ending to Larsson's excellent Millennium Trilogy. The story here is so tense and action packed that I almost had to read it in on sitting it was so difficult to tear myself away from Slander's quest for revenge. I wish that there would be further books from Stieg Larsson but that sadly will not happen. His writing is certainly gritty and he doesn't shy away from the truth of crime and abuse but the story is never gratuitous. The Millennium Trilogy is an amazing trilogy, probably the best crime thriller series that I have ever read, and I would recommend that any readers new to Larsson's work buy all three books at the same time because once you begin to read the series, you are going to want to follow it right through to the end!
A young girl lies in a hospital room, her tattooed body very close to death -- there is a bullet lodged in her brain. Several rooms away is the man who tried to kill her, his own body grievously wounded from axe blows inflicted by the girl he has tried to kill. She is Lisbeth Salander, computer hacker and investigator, and the man is her father, a murderous Russian gangster. If Salander recovers from her injuries, she is more than likely to be put on trial for three murders -- the authorities regard her as a dangerous individual. But she won't see the inside of a courtroom if her father manages to kill her first.
This is the high-tension opening premise of the third book in Stieg Larssonâ€™s phenomenally successful trilogy of crime novels which the late author (a crusading journalist) delivered to his publisher just before his death. But does it match up to its two electrifying predecessors, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl who Played with Fire? The success of Larssonâ€™s remarkable sequence of books is, to some degree, unprecedented. Crime fiction in translation has, of course, made a mark before (notably with Peter Hoegâ€™s Miss Smillaâ€™s Feeling for Snow, published, in fact, by Larsson's British publisher, Christopher MacLehose). But even the success of that book gave no hint of the juggernauts that the Salander books would be (the late author's secondary hero is the journalist Blomqvist -- who bears more than a passing resemblance to Stieg Larsson himself).
There are two overriding reasons for the hold that this massive trilogy has attained on the public: machine-tooled plotting which juggles the various narrative elements with a master's touch and (above all) the vividly realised character of Lisbeth Salander herself. She is something of a unique creation in the field of crime and thriller fiction: emotionally damaged, vulnerable and sociopathic (all of this concealed behind a forbidding Goth appearance), but she is also the ultimate survivor, somehow managing to stay alive despite the machinations of some deeply unpleasant villains (and the new book has a slew of those) as well as the hostility of often stupid establishment figures, who want her out of the picture quite as passionately as the bad guys. She is, of course, aided by the protective journalist Blomqvist, despite the fact that she had dumped him as a lover. The Girl who Kicked the Hornetâ€™s Nest brings together all the elements that have made the previous books of the sequence so successful. Its relentless pace may be a bit exhausting for some readers, but most will be happy to strap themselves in for the ride. It's just a shame that this will be the final book in the sequence (though conspiracy theorists are hinting that Larsson began another manuscript before his untimely deathâ€¦) --Barry Forshaw
Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine Salander must not only prove her innocence but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Once a victim herself Salander is now ready to fight back.
- Stieg Larsson
- 31 October 2009
- Quercus Publishing Plc
- Paperback (Book)
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