#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In this “thoroughly gripping read” (New York Times), Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head. But she's fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she'll stand trial for three murders.
With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she'll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she'll seek revenge--against the man who tried to killer her and against the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life.
Simon Vance isn't about to change anything that worked so well in his renditions of the first two-thirds of the Millennium trilogy. But as the late author planned, the books form a coming-of-age story, albeit an unconventional one, in which the rough-edged computer genius Lisbeth Salander moves from aggressively antisocial behavior toward self-awareness and happiness. Much of that happens in this book, and Vance follows Larsson's lead, subtly decreasing Salander's stridency, even as she is forced to combat an awesome array of villains. Vance has no problem vocally distinguishing each of the bad guys, along with the heroic team of police and journalists led by Salander's co-protagonist, magazine writer Mikael Blomkvist. He even manages to help listeners identify a Stockholm telephone directory's worth of Swedish names. Vance wrings every ounce of suspense out of the prose, and there is one shocking confrontation near the end that allows him to pull out all the stops. A Knopf hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 21).
I loved all three novels. The story is gripping and well written. I just wish I knew more about Sweden to recognise all the places.
It's just ok
I really want to like this 3 book series, but unfortunately the writing really starts to wear thin. Overly detailed to the point of boredom and so long winded that it becomes painfully obvious that there isn't much going on in the story. The repetition of details and recap of 'the story so far' by each and every single character becomes tedious. I found myself finishing the books by simply skimming paragraph after paragraph. And yet, I still understood every detail of the overall storyline.
Bottom line - these stories could have been condensed by several chapters per book.
Recommended, but just barely.
Great time reading the final chapter in this series. I loved that it tied up all loose ends, as I wasn't a huge fan of the second novel but this one totally made up for it. I sat in bed for awhile filled with suspense. Good overall read but you have to read the first two to understand the complete story line.