Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest - Book #115

| Title |The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest |
| Author |Stieg Larsson |
| Genre |Mystery (Nordic Noir) |
| Pages |599 |
| Publisher |Maclehose Press |
| Copyright |2007 |

Synopsis (from web-site)Two seriously injured people arrive at the emergency ward of the Sahlgrensa hospital in Gothenburg. One is the wanted murderer Lisbeth Salander who has taken a bullet to the head and needs immediate surgery, the other is Alexander Zalachenko, an older man who Lisbeth has attacked with an axe.

In this third novel in the Millennium trilogy, Lisbeth is planning her revenge against the men who tried to kill her, and even more importantly, revenge against the government which nearly destroyed her life. But first she must escape from the intensive care unit and exculpate her name from the charges of murder that hangs over her head.

In order to succeed with the latter, Lisbeth will need the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist. He is writing an exposing article that will shake the Swedish government, the secret service and the whole country by its foundations. Finally there is a chance for Lisbeth Salander to put her past behind her and finally there is a chance for truth and justice to prevail.

Why I read It
Part three of the Millenium series.

The Good
Neatly draws together the plot lines in the books and gives the characters a future you unfortunately have to speculate on.

The Bad
Not much at all.

The Ugly (my opinion)
As I said about book two – this is one of the best trilogies of all time. Characters, plot, pacing – the magic triangle of good writing and Larsson has hit them all. To think he just wrote these for his own enjoyment originally.

The Truth? (other reviews)
The Guardian
The Sunday Times

Mormon Mentions

Author Biography
Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a Swedish writer and journalist.

Prior to his sudden death of a heart attack in November 2004 he finished three detective novels in his trilogy "The Millenium-series" which were published posthumously; "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest". Altogether, his trilogy has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide (summer of 2009), and he was the second bestselling author in the world 2008.

Before his career as a writer, Stieg Larsson was mostly known for his struggle against racism and right-wing extremism. Starting in the late 1970's, he combined his work as a graphic designer with holding lectures on right-wing extremism for the Scotland Yard. During the following years he became an expert on the subject and has held many lectures as well as written many novels on the subject. In 1995, when 8 persons were killed by neo-Nazis I Sweden, he was the main force behind the founding of the Expo-foundation, a group intended on exposing neo-Nazi activity in Sweden. From 1999 and on, he was appointed chief editor of the magazine Expo.

During the last 15 years of his life, he and his life companion Eva Gabrielsson lived under constant threat from right-wing violence.

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