26 01 2010

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson

A young girl lies in a hospital room, her tattooed body very close to death — there is a bullet lodged in her brain. Several rooms away is the man who tried to kill her, his own body grievously wounded from axe blows inflicted by the girl he has tried to kill. She is Lisbeth Salander, computer hacker and investigator, and the man is her father, a murderous Russian gangster. If Salander recovers from her injuries, she is more than likely to be put on trial for three murders — the authorities regard her as a dangerous individual. But she won’t see the inside of a courtroom if her father manages to kill her first.

The final one in the excellent Millennium trilogy and it doesn’t disappoint. Whilst the concept of the secret unit within the Secret Service is not totally credible and the heroism of the journalists involved does stretch things a bit, nevertheless it remains an exciting ride from start to finish. The only weak element is the court room representation which is surprisingly flat, despite a number of improbable events.

Nevertheless, really good and the trilogy overall is great entertainment.




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