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A wild and wooly finish to a superb trilogy!

  • Sep 24, 2010
Potential readers be warned, THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST is most definitely NOT a stand-alone novel. To wander too deeply into any review of this novel is to risk learning some tidbits that will spoil the effect of the fabulous surprises in store for the readers that start at the beginning.

What an exhilarating end to a monumental cracker-jack edge-of-the-seat trilogy. Lisbeth Salander recovers in the hospital from her devastating head wound and awaits trial for three murders and the attempted murder of her father, Alexander Zalachenko, Soviet intelligence defector. Mikhael Blomkvist, under the legal direction of Säpo Constitutional Protection Director Torsten Edklinth and his associate, Monica Figuerola, work desperately against the clock to provide the ironclad proof that will impugn the perverted testimony of the psychologist, Teleborian, and the members of the internal government cabal who were ultimately responsible for the abysmal treatment of a young Salander at the hands of the Swedish government. Erika Berger leaves Millennium to be editor-in-chief at Svenska Morgon-Posten, Sweden's largest daily paper and her life is immediately turned into a living hell.

There are any number of reasons why this trilogy has become such a world-wide phenomenon. The intricacies of a plot which has so many threads that twist, tie, weave, undo, wander off into bizarre directions and ultimately come together in this fabulous finale would be reason alone but there is so much more.

All of the characters are well-developed and positively leap off the page with vibrant clarity but the lead of the piece, Lisbeth Salander, is worth the price of admission all by herself - a skinny, hard-edged but attractive, on-again off-again feminist; a tattoed punk wild child with bisexual tendencies; an extraordinary computer hacker and skilled journalistic researcher with a photographic memory; a skilled boxer; a survivor of abuse whose difficult memories of rape and sexual assault have turned into an abiding hatred and a desire for revenge on misognynists and a wealthy recluse whose desire for privacy makes Howard Hughes look like a party animal. If Lisbeth Salander isn't the most bizarre and off-the-wall literary character ever created, she'd certainly be a front-runner in any ranking.

While the Swedish courtroom scenes are not as rigidly structured and as formalized as one would expect in a North American setting under common law jurisprudence, the lawyer's interrogations during Lisbeth's trial are positively electric and will keep any reader absolutely glued to the book reading until the sun rises at the crack of stupid!

The three rather disparate themes of journalistic ethics and performance, government misconduct and the worldwide treatment of women that ranges from chauvinism to misogyny maintain their place of importance throughout all three novels. It was clear that Stieg Larsson had major axes to grind and, like Charles Dickens, he was definitely unafraid of using his creative writing skills and his stories as a platform for social commentary.

For those few readers who complain about unfinished ideas, I say "Get over it!" It was obvious that Stieg Larsson had much more in mind for Lisbeth Salander in the future but, sadly, his early death deprived a breathless world of what might have been. As countless authors have attempted to provide an ending to Charles Dickens' THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, perhaps some future writers will attempt to put some closure to Lisbeth Salander's life.

In the meantime, savour THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST, 'cause they ain't no more and that's all she wrote! Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss

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review by . June 08, 2010
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review by . October 16, 2010
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review by . August 22, 2010
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review by . November 08, 2010
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Quick Tip by . March 07, 2011
Great full circle book. Stieg Larsson is a great writer know makes his characters come to life.
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As the finale to Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy,The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nestis not content to merely match the adrenaline-charged pace that made international bestsellers out ofThe Girl with the Dragon TattooandThe Girl Who Played with Fire. Instead, it roars with an explosive storyline that blows the doors off the series and announces that the very best has been saved for last. A familiar evil lies in wait for Lisbeth Salander, but this time, she must do more than confront the miscreants of her past; she must destroy them. Much to her chagrin, survival requires her to place a great deal of faith in journalist Mikael Blomkvist and trust his judgment when the stakes are highest. To reveal more of the plot would be criminal, as Larsson's mastery of the unexpected is why millions have fallen hard for his work. But rest assured that the odds are again stacked, the challenges personal, and the action fraught with neck-snapping revelations in this snarling conclusion to a thrilling triad. This closing chapter to The Girl's pursuit of justice is guaranteed to leave readers both satisfied and saddened once the final page has been turned.--Dave Callanan
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ISBN-10: 030726999X
ISBN-13: 978-0307269997
Author: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (9780307269997)
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Knopf
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