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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
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Jun 03, 10

Read in May, 2010

Larsson found his stride with this, the last number of the Millenium Trilogy. When I reached the middle of the book, I couldn't put it down and finished it at 3:00 a.m. It is sad that Larsson died before seeing any of the trilogy in print and sad too that we will have no more novels from him. Nevertheless, the Millenium Trilogy stands as a fine memorial. Lisbeth Salander, his unique creation, is less an active agent in the final novel and more of a fulcrum on which the action turns, driven by the other well-drawn characters, both friends and enemies. Larsson apparently intended the trilogy to be a feminist statement on the treatment of women, but it is even more a defense of democracy and a tribute to the power of the press in protecting freedom. That becomes especially clear in the final novel. My staying up until 3:00 in the morning to finish it shows that it is also a compelling story well told. Every trilogy should save the best for last and leave readers wanting more. Three cheers for Larsson and a job well done!
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