Thursday, February 2, 2012
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
Lisbeth Salander--the heart of Larsson's two previous novels--lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge--against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.
Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.
First line: Dr. Jonasson was woken by a nurse five minutes before the helicopter was expected to land.
My Thoughts: Wow. Lisbeth Salander really shines in this one. I learned her story and the convoluted chain that led to her being on trial fighting for her future was detailed and surprising. You had a mix of political intrigue, cover ups complete with spies, drug rings, sex trafficking, sanctioned murder, secret organizations within the government and as they say much more. The characters were well fleshed out and very complex. I am so glad I finally read the last two books in this trilogy.