Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The girl who kicked the hornet's nest, by Stieg Larsson

" Lisbeth Salander is plotting her revenge - against the men who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in intensive care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist from Millennium magazine, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Once a victim herself, Salander is ready to fight back."
The above is from the publisher's notes, and I couldn't have put it better myself.
"Wow!" was my reaction when I finished this book, the third in the Millenium trilogy - it was so impressive. "Phew" was in there somewhere too - it's not only an engrossing read, it's a big one; around 600 pages. And I probably murmured "What a shame" - because its Swedish author, Stieg Larsson, died before the hugely successful trilogy was published
Do yourself a favour and read this trilogy, beginning with The girl with the dragon tattoo. Murder, intrigue and an in-depth look at Sweden's political and social climate have resulted in books that in my experience are put down only reluctantly.
Rating - I give this 5/5
Get this from the library
Reviewed by Jan @ Ballarat branch

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