Friday, December 18, 2009

Conclusion to a Near-Perfect Mystery Trilogy

Stieg Larsson has concluded his Millennium Trilogy with The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest (Luftslottet som sprängdes). Lisbeth Salander is an abused woman seeking truth and justice, with the help of a journalist, Mikael Blomkvist. She is planning revenge against the men who tried to kill her and the government that tried to destroy her life. She gives us all hope for the future. The characters in all 3 books are complex and totally believable. There is no gratuitous sex and the violence fits the story. Every loose end is tied up throughout this final book, with the denouement a stunning conclusion for the entire trilogy -- you will read the last 200 pages in one sitting, it's impossible to stop! After finishing the third book, the reader will be sad to know there will be no others -- Larsson died unexpectedly at age 50 having just turned in the manuscript for this work. The first 2 titles, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire, have both been optioned for Hollywood movies.

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