Having now finished the third volume in Stieg Larsson’s worldwide bestselling Millennium trilogy, I have to say this has been one of my favourite reading experiences. I haven’t read many trilogies (Harry Potter ended up at 7 books and the Brontës stuck to stand-alone books…) but I enjoyed the way that the circle closed, we had proper character development and plot resolution and mostly just a good fun read! There was a really entertaining mix of detective work, courtroom drama, complex relationships, entertaining subplots and computer hacking throughout.
“Hornet’s Nest” was right back up to the excitement of “Dragon Tattoo” – I have to admit, I am a fan of courtroom drama involving feisty women wiping the floor with idiots, but there was also some good scheming and conniving among both the goodies and the baddies which was fun to follow (or try to follow – I got mixed up with all the surnames ending in –sson). “Played with Fire” is definitely required reading for “Hornet’s Nest” as the action picks up right where it left off at the end of Book Two (dealing with the aftermath of a shoot-out at the Goteberg Corral) so the adrenaline is racing from page 3. They fixed the translation issues in Book 3 too – I didn’t pick up on anything (although I did read the whole book while enormously jetlagged, so…).
So in “Hornet’s Nest” (without giving anything away), Lisbeth somehow survives being shot, Blomkvist puts together the defence against the murder charges made against her, the Swedish secret police are being very bad indeed and are busy corrupting the “everyday” police and lots of bad guys die. Also there’s a massive giant who can’t feel pain, and Erika gets a crazy stalker after she moves jobs.
I think I need a break from Swedish surnames for a while though.