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#1: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson (2007, 563 pages)

Finally, I get my hands on the last book in Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy. And I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with the conclusion.

In the first book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, we're introduced to journalist Mikael Blomkvist and ne'er do well (or so it seems) Lisbeth Salander, who solve a 40-year-old mystery of a missing heir to a major corporation. And then, in The Girl Who Played With Fire, Blomkvist comes to Salander's aid when she is named the prime suspect in a series of murders that you learn have been planned by her scheming Soviet-defector father and the government who helped hide him.

At the end of the second book, Salander's father has been injured, and she has been shot in the leg, the shoulder and in the head. The journey of the third book, from Salander's arrival at the hospital, to Blomkvist's campaign to save her and to the lengths a secret government agency will go to in order to bury her into psychiatric care for the remainder of her life, definitely will keep you turning the pages.

I had to admit, as the book got closer to the end, I worried that the end would be rushed, but Larsson did such a splendid job of wrapping things up in a believable package. My one beef with the series as a whole is that the Blomkvist character is just such a charming ladies man that EVERYONE will hop into bed with him. I feel as though it was the writer's way of living vicariously through the character - I feel the same way about Robert Heinlen's Friday character. But, that small niggle aside, I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great ending to the series, which is why I give it a pretty good four out of five government conspiracies.

Total Books Read: 1 / 50 (2 percent)
Total Pages Read: 563 / 15,000 (4 percent)

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