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

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32 Critic Reviews

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

Synopsis

Coming September 2015: The Girl in the Spider's Web

In the third volume of the Millennium series, 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.




From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

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. 834 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: 32 | Positive: 25 | Negative: 7

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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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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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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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jan 22 2011

What we have from him now, in any event, is a stunning, multi-leveled work, full of complex plots and unforgettable characters, both of which will stay with you long after you read the final words of THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST. It is a fitting and worthy ending to a tale against which many future works in the genre will be judged.

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Washington Times

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Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on Jun 25 2010

Mr. Larsson writes a long and complicated plot, and the reader has to pay attention or go back to check on not having missed anything. But investigating Salander makes it worth it...Yet for all of its convoluted subplots, the book revolves around Salander, one of the most fascinating characters to emerge in crime fiction in years.

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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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AV Club

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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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LA Times

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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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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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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

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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

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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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Austin Chronicle

Above average
Reviewed by Kimberley Jones on May 21 2010

The book...is broken into four parts bearing cyber-leaning names – "Disk Crash," "Rebooting the System." It's a nod to the nuts and bolts of investigation...Hornet's Nest still satisfies – especially in its revelation-larded final third – but it leaves one a little wistful for the gosh-wow newness of the first book.

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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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Reviewed by Sharon Wheeler on Oct 03 2009

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS' NEST gave me sleepless nights – I sat up well into the early hours devouring it...There's perhaps the faintest hint of melodrama towards the end of the court scenes, but I think we can forgive Larsson that as his plotting is rock-solid and he has created an air of menace throughout that's entirely believable.

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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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Book Rap

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Reviewed by Michael Blumenfield on Jul 03 2010

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the third of a trilogy of books written by Mr. Larsson and in my opinion the best of the trio...You will best appreciate it if you have read the others and be familiar with the main characters and the ongoing storyline. However, this last book is the one to read if you only reading one...

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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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World's Strongest Librarian

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Reviewed by Josh Hanagarne on Jun 22 2010

Salander, for me, is one of the the most fascinating characters in literature. For sheer can’t-look-away-ness, I put her right up there with Judge Holden and Ignatius J. Riley. Of course, lots of people hate those characters, so if you haven’t met them, please go read those books. Don’t take my word for it.

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Seeing the World Through Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Mary on Jan 14 2011

Though the novel is complex, it is the best and most exciting of the three–and highly rewarding since it builds on all the action that has gone before, further developing the characters we have come to love...A grand finale to a terrific series.

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Excellent
Reviewed by reactionstoreading on Oct 08 2009

Slow to start but gripping, complex and demanding to be thought about and pondered long after the reading is done...In the end The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest is a complex, unpredictable book that wears its liberal heart proudly on its sleeve. I don’t imagine you could make much sense of it without having read the first two in the series...

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Reviewed by M.A.Orthofer on Jul 07 2010

This volume rounds off things well enough, giving his gamine heroine, Lisbeth Salander, some closure...Yes, like the previous two volumes, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is a pretty bad book, with any number of flaws to pick at. And yet, it's still a solid, readable entertainment...to carry one rather comfortably through.

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Reviewed by Andrew Welch on Jul 22 2015

Of the three books that comprise Larsson’s Millennium series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest is by far the most compelling...Larsson’s writing style may be as clunky as ever, but what he lacks in lyricism he more than makes up for with a complex and engaging plot not bound by genre conventions.

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A Separate State of Mind Blog

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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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Reviewed by Christine on Jul 23 2010

Larsson does an excellent job of building suspense... I love the way that bits of Swedish culture are mentioned throughout the story. Once again, someone is drinking coffee in almost every scene :) This was clearly the best of the trilogy.

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Scandinavian Books

Good
Reviewed by Peter on May 03 2014

The concluding volume of the Millennium trilogy is as unpredictable and magnificent as the previous two volumes...Excellent planning, ingenious solutions and flawless execution will be called for if she is to succeed this time!

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Mystery File

Good
Reviewed by Steve on Mar 14 2012

If you read and enjoyed the first two books in the series, you will do as I did and start reading this one as soon as you come home from the store with it...This book is wicked good, the most entertaining book I’ve read in two or three years, and even more, (almost) all of the various threads of the plot are tied up very nicely at the end. Bravo!

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