The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson

I am glad to be reading the Millennium trilogy now. When the books were first published in English, there was quite a wait for this the third book. I have found that this book follows almost directly from Book 2 – ‘The Girl who Played with Fire’ while Book 1 – ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ contains the initial introduction of the main characters and is probably the only book that really stands well on its own.

This book starts with Lisbeth Salander in hospital fighting for her life after being shot – including one bullet to the head. Her father Zalachenko is a few doors down the corridor recovering from axe wounds inflicted by Salander.

The story covers the lead up to and court case where Salander is to be tried for various crimes including the injuries she has caused to her father. Her lawyer is Blomkvist’s sister Gianini. A group within SAPO (the Swedish Secret police) known as ‘the Section’ is operating as a law under itself and need to have Salander committed to a mental institution in order to ensure their own survival. Working with them is the psychiatrist Peter Teleboran who has written an evaluation of Salander’s mental state before he even meets her.

The goal for Salander, Blomkvist, Gianini and their friends is to expose the injustices carried out against Salander. Those working against Salander will do anything in their power to have Salander put away for ever.

While this is happening, the hunt for the indestructible, evil, blonde giant Niedermann continues.

This book was a brilliant conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. The information gathering leading up to Salander’s trial was intensely gripping even though a bit far-fetched. The courtroom scenes were quite fascinating (unlike some that I’ve read). The future for Lisbeth Salander, Mikael Blomkvist and other key characters is left up in the air with Salander at a bit of a loss now that the Crisis is over. If Stieg Larsson was still alive, we may have been treated to a sequel.


Series continued by David Lagercrantz in 2015 with ‘The Girl in The Spider’s Web‘.


Book published 2007


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