The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest; Stieg Larsson
Random House Audio - 2010
(Narrated by Simon Vance)
By now I'm sure most of my readers have heard of, read, or saw some of the movies included as part of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Although I read the first two books pretty soon after they were released the last one I saved until now, a perfect fit for the RIP X challenge.
Without giving away too much, Book 3 in this series begins with Lisbeth Salander in critical condition in the intensive care unit from a bullet wound to the head. She's under armed guard and will likely face murder charges once she's out. There are others who would love to see her back to the locked insane asylum that she spent time in a young girl. Her father Alexander Zalachenko, a Soviet intelligence defector is also recovering in the same hospital and each is plotting to kill the other as they convalesce. Meanwhile, journalist Mikael Blomqvist continues his investigative work, communicating virtually with Lisbeth and uncovers a vast conspiracy he calls, "The Section"in the process.
The first half of this book moved kind of slow for me, it rehashes the past and sets up the scene for the action which follows. This installment has more international and political intrigue than the first two books and for the most part it is equally satisfying.
This trilogy MUST BE read in order for maximum enjoyment. Each book deals with tough subject matter at times -- Lisbeth was abused as a child, confined to an insane asylum at age 12, raped as a young adult, but she remains one tough cookie. She is bent on revenge now matter how long it takes and the risks involved. Politics, corruption, sexism, this book has it all. The author did a terrific job bringing the treads together to a somewhat satisfying conclusion. As always, Simon Vance did a terrific job given the various characters and dialects.
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