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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The third book in the millennium series lives up to it's promise. The whole series is simply one of the best set of books I have read in a long time the story draws you in to a... Read morePublished 1 day ago by JohnMc
I've just finished this book (part 3 in The Millennium Series - you should read them in order), and it's brilliant. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Rich
This is a fantastic third book in the millennium series. Couldn't stop reading and really didn't want it to end. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Pippa
Couldn't wait to get on with this book after the first one - didn't disappoint! Once again, work took second place 'till I'd finished the book!Published 4 days ago by Golden Buttafly
You must read the whole series from the start, and ALL are superb, even if you have seen the films first the books are brilliant !Published 6 days ago by DIL