At the end of The Girl Who Played with Fire, Lisbeth Salander is left for dead. Fans of the Milennium trilogy
who wait on bated breath will be happy to hear of the resilient hacker and her fight to survive multiple gunshot wounds and a court case.

Bruised and battered physically, Salander’s will to survive is fierce. She survives brain surgery as well as some heavy recovery time while in a hospital under lock and key–a prisoner of the state. Her sadistic father lies in a room only a few doors down, until he, too, is taken down by an assassin.

Mikael Blomkvist enlists his sister to represent Salander at the trial. Blomkvist, with Salander’s help, relies on his journalistic background to come to his friend’s defense. Salander contacts two old hacker friends. Berger gets a series of disturbing and sadistic emails at her new job. More and more information about Salander’s past ponts to a high-ranking government cover up, and the government is more focused than ever to keep that information under wraps.

This, being the final volume of the trilogy, was something I looked forward to, but also dreaded. It took a bit of time to get into the book, but once I was into it, I had a hard time putting down the book. I don’t think any reader thinks it easy to know they are approaching the end of a series and NOT feeling some bit of melancholy.

I got this book at the library.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
563 pages; Knopf
Hardcover: Retail: $27.95

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