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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
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Aug 13, 10

bookshelves: fiction, mystery, thriller
Read from July 22 to August 07, 2010


This was a fitting finale to the Lisbeth Salander series. The major difference in this one is that the whodunit quotient was down, because this was a pure sequel to the previous book -- almost a part two. You start out wondering whether Lisbeth will survive the bullet to the brain that she got at the end of the last book and whether her murderous half-brother Niedermann will be found.

All those questions and more get answered as Larsson explores the history of how Lisbeth's evil father, Zalachenko, came to Sweden in the first place and was protected and had his crimes covered up by a special unit of the Swedish secret police.

This book was fun partly because it seemed as though everyone ended up spying on everyone else, and the quick cuts back and forth as these different agents tracked each other (more than once one tracker tracks another tracker) actually added to the pacing and enjoyment, rather than being tedious.

It felt a little to me as though Blomkvist's newest love interest was a bit contrived, but so be it. And on the plus side, the whole subplot of Erika Berger moving to one of the capital's major daily newspapers as editor-in-chief and then becoming the target of a stalker was a bracing diversion from the Salander-Zalachenko plot.

I would venture to say that some of the contrivances in this finale of the triology are a little more contrived than in the previous books, but at this point, I was so invested in the characters and was rooting so hard for them that it overwhelmed my inner critic.
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