The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

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19 Critic Reviews

disappointing installment... Impatience, not suspense, drives the page-turning impulse... disappointing that a promising series had to go out like this.
-AV Club

Synopsis

The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogy

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.


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About Stieg Larsson

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Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on antidemocratic right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
 
Published May 19, 2010 by Vintage. 134 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Crime, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest
All: 19 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 7

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Nick Cohen on Oct 03 2009

His phenomenal... success comes from a combination of moral clarity and narrative skill

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Kate Mosse on Oct 02 2009

Larsson has produced a coup de foudre, a novel that is complex, satisfying, clever, moral

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by David Kamp on May 28 2010

extra­ordinarily fleet of movement and utterly addicting... for fans of the first two books, there are plenty of the Larssonian hallmarks they have come to love

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Lynne Voedisch on Mar 25 2010

A good one hundred pages could have been lopped off of that tiresome nonsense and replaced with one sentence

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on May 24 2010

As a mystery lover and a feminist, I'm grateful for the Salander novels and also saddened that Salander and Blomkvist won't be making any more citizen's arrests in the future.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Richard Schickel on May 24 2010

a banal style that demonstrates no more than minimal skills when it comes to most of his characterizations and descriptive writing.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Peter Robinson on May 21 2010

a superior page-turner that doesn't leave you feeling disgusted with yourself for not being able to put it down.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Rob Brunner on May 19 2010

a satisfying finale to Larsson's entertainingly suspenseful trilogy.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Patrick Anderson on May 24 2010

a runaway commercial success but perhaps the best, most broadly focused examination of modern politics in popular fiction... a modern masterpiece

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Ellen Wernecke on May 27 2010

disappointing installment... Impatience, not suspense, drives the page-turning impulse... disappointing that a promising series had to go out like this.

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USA Today

Below average
Reviewed by Deirdre Donahue on May 19 2010

Hornet's Nest lacks the narrative drive, energy and originality of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire. Those books, you inhaled. Reading this one feels like work. It's more like a first draft than a polished novel.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by Joy Tipping on May 23 2010

With the first two books, Larsson created enough literary electricity to light the Dallas skyline. Hornet's Nest, alas, just gives off a few tantalizing sparks before going sadly dark.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Katherine Dunn on May 22 2010

a rewarding entertainment, and a satisfying solution to the mysteries that surround Lisbeth Salander

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About.com Bestsellers

Below average
Reviewed by Lee Taft

the twists and turns, while unpredictable, are somewhat cliched in this installment of the series... I was left disappointed when I finished

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Red Room

Below average
Reviewed by Paul Bates on Mar 02 2012

The final installment of Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy lacks the who-dunnit sense of completeness the first book possesses

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The Pacific Northwest Inlander

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Reviewed by Kevin Taylor on Jun 30 2010

The book doesn’t entirely crackle with excitement – it has long, eye-glazing passages... and the ending is especially execrable.

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Euro Crime

Good
Reviewed by Maxine Clarke

one is lost in the book, not knowing whether to turn the pages rapidly to find out what happens next, or to turn them slowly to prolong the totally mesmerising read

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Onyx Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Bev Vincent

The final book is the fastest paced and most intricately plotted of the three, and the most successful overall.

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A Separate State of Mind Blog

Good
Reviewed by Elie on Aug 07 2011

In books like this, it is up to the author’s talent and expertise to deliver a book that is captivating and still wholly engrossing for you to read. And Stieg Larsson delivers.

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