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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

Book rating: 05 Hardback Millennium Trilogy

By (author) Stieg Larsson

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  • Publisher: MacLehose Press
  • Format: Hardback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 55mm | 1,036g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1906694168
  • ISBN 13: 9781906694166
  • Sales rank: 1,341

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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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Stieg Larsson was the founder and editor-in-chief of the anti-racist magazine Expo. He was a renowned expert on right-wing extremist organisations. He died in 2004, soon after delivering the text of the novels that make up the Millennium Trilogy. Reg Keeland is the translator of many fine writers from Swedish.

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By MARGUERITE MURRAY 14 Oct 2009 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this final installment. The depth to the characters, insight into Swedish life, the twists and turns all contributed to making these books a 'ripping good yarn'.
It is rare in modern thrillers to be able to savour the words rather than be led to who done it and why as quickly as possible. Salander was a most unusual heroine (if that is the correct term for her).
I found that reading the series through a second time was even more enjoyable as I had got to grips with the Swedish geography first time round so the story flowed more quickly but no less enjoyably. I rarely read books twice.
I highly recommend the whole trilogy

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'A cyclonic force of a story, I experienced the same happiness and feverish excitement with which I read Dumas's Three Musketeers or the novels of Dickens... exceptional... I repeat, without any shame whatsoever: fantastic' Mario Vargas Llosa in El Pais. 'By some alchemy, Larsson has made a character who ought to be completely unbelievable into one of the most compelling and convincing in modern fiction ... one wonders what Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple would make of her, but Lisbeth Salander bids fair to join them in the ranks of crime fiction's true immortals' Daily Telegraph. 'The pace rarely lets up ... it's an exhilarating read ... this is a strong and satisfying conclusion to a massively ambitious, richly textured trilogy' Daily Express. 'There is comparison with that other great work of contemporary entertainment, The Wire, in the rage and clarity with which injustice becomes the driver of a novel way of looking at society. Be warned: the trilogy, like The Wire, is seriously addictive.' Guardian. 'Complex, satisfying, clever, moral ... a grown-up novel for grown-up readers ... this is why the Millennium Trilogy is rightly a publishing phenomenon all over the world' Kate Mosse. 'Fans will not be disappointed; this another roller-coaster ride that keeps you reading far too late into the night. Intricate but flawlessly plotted, it has complex characters as well as a satisfying, clear moral thrust ... most compelling is the character of Salander ... I cackled with glee as she turned the tables on her enemies in a climactic courtroom scene ... Who'd have thought a Swedish geek could set British pulses racing' Evening Standard.