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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Millennium Trilogy Book 3) [Paperback]

Stieg Larsson
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1 April 2010

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.

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  • Paperback: 746 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; UK paperback edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781849162746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849162746
  • ASIN: 1849162743
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,647 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor-in-chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist, and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

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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 Larsson’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 Larsson’s remarkable sequence of books is, to some degree, unprecedented. Crime fiction in translation has, of course, made a mark before (notably with Peter Hoeg’s Miss Smilla’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 Hornet’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 death…) --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


'With the spiky and sassy Lisbeth Salander - punkish wild child, traumatised survivor of the 'care' system, sexual adventurer and computer hacker of genius - Larsson created the most original heroine to emerge in crime fiction for many years' Independent.

'To be read in great hungry chunks' Louise France, Observer.

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183 of 206 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A page turner - after 600 pages 14 May 2010
By M. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If by any chance you are reading this review wondering if you might get a taster of this much talked about trilogy by diving in at the end, my advice is simple: don't. 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' was a brilliantly original start to this series, and introduced us to one of the most compelling anti-hero creations in Lisbeth Salandar. The second volume - 'The Girl Who Played with Fire' - lost much of the sophistication of the first, and was a lesser book for it - but actually managed to be even more gripping. This third volume could not be more different.

It might have been titled 'The Girl Who Got Lost Between The Covers', since our heroine Salander is present for only around twenty percent of its gigantic 750 pages. Without the benefit of the first two books this volume would be utterly bemusing. The scene-setting and recapping takes around three hundred pages - with Larsson introducing a seemingly endless cast list of spies, policemen and women, journalists and officials. For Swedish readers this may be more satisfying, since he appears to be fictionalising modern Swedish history through conspiracy. But for us it is largely bewildering.

And how we miss Salander. Such is the power of this fictional creation that during her brief appearances the book roars back into life. Sadly however she doesn't become the central figure again until around 600 pages in - and it is only then that the book truly becomes a page turner. Happily Larsson recaptures the vulnerable, complex Salander of the first volume, and again makes this dysfunctional Aspergers girl compelling and adorable.
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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant closing - but not closure. 1 Oct 2009
By still searching TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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With this, the third and final part of the utterly brilliant Millennium trilogy, Larsson brings to a close the compelling story of, what must surely be, one of literature's most compelling heroines, Lisbeth Salander. As said elsewhere, Larsson ties up all of the loose ends clearly visible at the end of the second book and, as such, this is really not a standalone book but a continuation. It is essential reading for Larsson addicts but like all addictions it will never be enough to sate the appetite induced by reading the first of the series. Gobble up this one just like its predecessors - sadly, there ain't plenty more where they came from!

Larsson's writing was obviously motivated by powerful emotions reflecting his views on certain social ills but I never felt, as I have with certain other writers, that I was being preached to. The books are moving, exciting, intelligent, compelling and superbly written (and, I imagine, translated) but above all, entertaining. The whole experience of reading all three is so affecting that the structural faults, most obvious in the second in the series, simply didn't matter - to this reader at least. Yes, I did get slightly tired with the too frequent references to women warriors from history and the utterly redundant sub plot of Berger's cyber stalker but was able to overlook these relatively minor irritants in view of the fact that there are just too few writers of such excellence around who can sustain the interest of their readers over 1600 or so pages and therefore his passing is truly to be mourned.

Now I'll wait some time to get my 'fix' and then begin with 'dragon' again.
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114 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great ending 29 Sep 2009
The sad thing here is that the author Stieg Larsson is dead. At the end of the book i
felt like i wanted/needed a sequel, but realised it could never happen. Its the same
feeling experienced by the end of the second book, that excruciating cliffhanger.

As you'd expect Lisbeth Salander is in fact alive, albeit taking a bullet to the head
and being in intensive care. The same people who declared her mentally ill and sentenced her
to that instituion want her to go back there. They make her take the fall for two murders and
also the attempted murder of her father.

But Lisbeth is ready to fight back. The journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at
Millennium magazine provide invaluable help for her to prove her innocence and identify
the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vunerable to become victims of violence and abuse.

In my opinion it feels like a continuation of the second book rather than stand alone novel.
As a result its vital to read the other two books to understand the story and characters.

After about 100 pages or so the book takes off. Your subjected to new characters incredibly fast in
an attempt to explain the conspiracy against Lisbeth. The pace never gives up, its a genuinely
exhilirating read. Its a great ending to the trilogy, and it will no doubt leave you wishing for
that little bit more. Thank you Stieg Larsson.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's good news and bad news 26 April 2010
The good news is, that this is *much* better than the second book in the series (which has a plot so ridiculous that the characters in the third book constantly make reference to how unbelievable it is).

The bad news is, you will have to read the second book before this one, because the story takes place immediately after that book and there are no concessions made to the new reader.

This is longer than both previous books, but doesn't feel too slack - although there are a couple of side-stories that have no bearing on the main story, which could perhaps have been dropped without anyone realising. The story moves along at a good pace (in the main) and always keeps you interested in what's going to happen next.

I suppose my main gripe is that there's very little feeling of peril; the protagonists are constantly one step ahead of their opposition, and it moves towards the climax with little in the way of genuine surprise.

Still, it completes the trilogy well (and leaves a few dangling clues for further books in the series, should the publishers decide to get someone else to write them).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The whole trilogy was good
Published 1 day ago by Ms Joanna E Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller writing at its best
Thriller writing at its best
Published 3 days ago by R. Iain F. Brown
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Published 3 days ago by L. R. Eeve
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A wonderful trilogy of books best I have read for a long time I recommend these.
Published 4 days ago by Clive Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read the Trilogy on Vacation. Didn't a lot else. Couldn't put the book down until I'd finished it.
Published 5 days ago by Qualbob
5.0 out of 5 stars The saddest part is that this wonderful writer is no longer with us
As soon as l had finished this trilogy l wanted to read them all over again, and given time l will. The saddest part is that this wonderful writer is no longer with us.
Published 6 days ago by J. Sargent
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Long but well worth the read.
Published 6 days ago by Fliss
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sad to know there will be no more books by this author, not been so interested in a story that I read all of the series one after the other before. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Karen Lancaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Twist and turns......
Another great read....holds you right to the end. You feel the characters pain and joy and suspense throughout each page
Published 8 days ago by Avidreader
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
I felt this last book was really unnecessary and could have been wrapped up in the second book. Sorry, I found it to be not in the same league as the other 2 books.
Published 8 days ago by layla
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