The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The third of Stieg Larsson's trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest starts with the survival of Lisbeth Salander. She has been beaten, shot in the head and buried alive, left for dead. Woman of many talents that she is, she survives.

Once I got past that improbability, I settled into the story. Salander is in the hospital, allowed no visitors but her attorney, police investigators (whom she refuses to speak to) and her old psychiatrist, Dr. Teleborian.

Salander is having none of this - her father is still alive and down the hall recovering from her axe attack on him. Her half brother, Niederman is also still alive and still trying to kill her. Salander survives with help from Mikael Blomkvist.

Blomkvist smuggles a computer into the hospital so Salander can do what she does best, hack into someones computer. He bribes a hospital worker and a doctor and cuts a deal with the police in order to get Lisbeth Salander's true story out to the public. The fact the Blomkvist gets a new bestselling book and brings down part of the government is just a side bonus.

Not nearly as violent as The Girl Who Played with Fire, the story is graphic. Salander's past is rehashed - as all the horrors she has been through are investigated by the police. The twist in this book is who is actually behind the nightmare that has been Salander's life.

Blomkvist plods through, methodically putting clues together with the help of Salander's hacking skills. The end result is a new book for Blomkvist that will bring down the government's security agency while allowing evidence that will help Salander to become public.

While the series of events that must occur to save Salander are somewhat improbable at times - a lot of national figures die and there is an impromptu meeting with the prime minister - the story line is a good one.

Well written with pacing that never slows down the story comes to satisfying end. Salander wins, of course.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest By Larsson, Stieg 2010-05 - Knopf Publishing Group

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