Preparing for the GRE seems to have sapped all of my mental energy and thus more than a week has passed since I finished reading the final book in Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. This novel opens with Lisbeth Salander near death after being shot in the head by Russian gangster Zalachenko. She is accused of attempted murder of Zalachenko and seems certain to go to jail. Her only hope is for Mikael Blomkvist and an assortment of her friends to uncover a sinister plot within the secret police to keep Salander committed to an institution in order to hide the doings of a small group of individuals known as The Section. Blomkvist’s investigations put his own life in danger, and he must try to help Salander while protecting his other friends. Again, this is a very abbreviated summary. If you have read the book, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, I have deliberately kept from ruining it for you, so read it!
I enjoyed this book the most out of the Millenium trilogy. Part of the reason is probably because this is the only one of which I had not already seen a movie version. I also enjoy espionage novels, and the hunt for the Section reminded me a bit of Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Larsson’s talent for building suspense is on full display in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. It is the longest of the three novels (and could have done without a few sections), but reads like a much shorter book. I highly recommend the entire trilogy.
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Geoff W said:
I agree that this was probably my favorite of the three – it got back to the basics and the I thought focused a little bit more on the ‘research’/’reconnaissance’ than on the action. It has been a while since I read it though.