THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST
First, the bad news: the final book of the Millennium trilogy (originally intended as a 10-book series before Larsson’s untimely death, so it is perhaps unfair to critique this as the end of the series) is the weakest of the three. The narrative feels a little too complicated, repetitive and bloated, particularly in its denouement. The good news: it’s still utterly un-put-down-able, a walloping good story. Its biggest flaw is that Lisbeth Salander is not as forceful a presence as she is in the previous two books, though while it is disheartening to not see her in action, it is as equally heartening to see so many others take up her cause. Furthermore, what the novel lacks in Salander-brand justice it more than makes up for in the story of former Millennium editor-in-chief Erika Berger, who struggles with both a violent stalker and corporate fraud at her new job, and in Annika Giannini, Blomqvist’s sister and Salander’s attorney, whose performance in the courtroom at the end of the book is not, under any circumstances, to be missed.