This book is quite different from the two before it. It's heavily based on preparation for the criminal trial of Salander, who rather than running around like the action heroine we know her as, does little more than sit in a hospital bed, cell or courtroom chair. However, she's still busy hacking computers like normal and the other characters provide plenty of action amongst themselves. There are stalkers, murderers plus plenty of surveillance to fuel the conspiracy theories discussed in the book, so it's full of action and intrigue.
Like all the other books I have to criticise the sheer number of characters, between all the regulars, criminals and police I always find myself getting a little bit confused who is who. But apart from that it was an enjoyable read.
All our favourite characters return as well as new doctors and police officers and Milton Security staff.
There are plenty of tense moments throughout the story and mysteries that keep you reading until the end.
In some ways this was my favourite of the three, because we see a different side of Salander. If you feel it's a bit long, do keep reading until the trial and the cross examination of the psychiatrist... it's very satisfying seeing all the preparation finally pay off!
The back page blurb:
Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very 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 and his researchers at 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 now ready to fight back.
Title: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
Author: Stieg Larsson
The Millennium Trilogy #3