The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest – Stieg Larsson

October 21, 2012 in Books, crime, Fiction

The third and concluding part of the Millenium trilogy is the Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. There is no doubt that the Millenium trilogy will stand as the best there is of mystery thrillers for years to come. Anyone that has read the series will surely be sad that there will never be another offering from Stieg Larsson, but this in some ways adds to the power of the story telling in this final volume, a master at work for the last time.

So in this 3rd in the series Lisbeth Salander lies under armed guard in intensive care as a result of a bullet in the head delivered by her father. Her father on the other hand is lying in the same hospital as a result of injuries given to him by Lisbeth. What is that all about? Blomkvist, still estranged from Lisbeth since the ‘Girl who played with Fire‘, communicates with her via email and continues to investigate who it is that framed Lisbeth and set her on route to a trial behind closed doors for murders she did not commit.

It is not just the Swedish secret service that is examined for its covert practices and the protection of its own, irrespective of the consequences on the individuals caught up in their conspiracies. It also an insightful look at the world of the press and of those who hold and abuse their positions of authority. The question becomes one of ‘who will triumph’, the forces that collaborate in order to destroy Lisbeth or is it Lisbeth that will finally get justice. Of course there are also the underlying questions of whether Lisbeth will make her peace with Blomkvist, accept his help or will she even get to court where she is to be represented by Blomkvist’s sister.

Of course Lisbeth will continue to frustrate the reader as she refuses help from those that are genuinely on her side. She remains the dysfunctional, damaged goods that she started out as and she trusts no one. It is easy to understand why a civilised society might reject her and believe those that are supposed to represent their civilised society, before they will take the word of a crazy women that stands alone in her fight against all those that have made her what she is. And really that is the crux of the story, it is violence against women and how they can be abused, when they are vulnerable, by the very men that should be preventing it happening.

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The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson

September 5, 2012 in Books, crime, Fiction

The follow up to ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and the 2nd in Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Millenium Triology’ is the ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’. It is the continuation of the story of Lisbeth Salander, a highly intelligent computer hacker, and her association with the journalist Mikael Blomqvist.

In this second of the series Lisbeth has cut off any emotional relationship with Blomqvist, refuses to take his calls and has taken a new young lover. A strong independent woman that knows her own mind, Lisbeth sets the rules for her sexual encounters. Having been sexually abused when she was younger and eliciting a violent revenge on her abuser, she now ensures that she controls any sexual activity in her relationships.

The focus of this second book has, as you may have suspected, moved away from Blomqvist and onto Lisbeth Salander. It deals with her difficulty of fitting into a society that allowed her as a young woman to be abused in the way she was by someone who was supposed to be her protector and guardian. But is her evil legal guardian going to win over in the end as he helps to bring corrupt forces to bear against her.

Her encounter and revenge on her abuser has culminated in her becoming a suspect in no less than three murders. The consequences for which lead her to be the subject of a nationwide search. Ironically it is the murder of two journalists about to do an exposé  on sex trafficking in Sweden that is the trigger for her problems, the weapon used for the murders has her finger prints on it. Her old ally Bloqvist knows she is innocent and determines to help her despite her refusal to speak to him. As you would expect if you read ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Lisbeth doesn’t take things lying down, excuse the pun, nor does she become a helpless victim. Conversely she goes on the offensive and although having to avoid the attention of a nationwide search, she displays an uncanny ability for tracking down and dealing with the most elusive of her enemies.

This is another cracking book from Larsson and with over 2000 reviews on and alone with an average rating of between 4 and 5 stars you can see why his books continue to sell at an exponential rate.

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Who Is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? – Stieg Larsson

May 11, 2012 in Books, crime, Fiction

From the top 100 books in Amazon, they don’t come much more recommended than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The book has held it’s place in Amazon’s best selling list in the top 100 for nearly two years (at the time of writing at least) and has over 1200 reviews with an average four star rating in the UK alone. In itself that is some recommendation, the author has not only prompted that many people to firstly write a review, no mean feat, but then secondly to maintain such a high standard of recommendation.Stieg Larsson could certainly have been proud of his achievement had he lived to see his success. This even more astonishing when you consider that this was his début novel and was published posthumously after his death, due to a heart attack, in 2005. Here we are in 2012 and it is still selling by the millions.

Who is the girl with the dragon tattooSo what is the book about: It is the first of a trilogy called the The Millenium Triology and is essentially a crime novel set primarily in Sweden, Stieg Larsson’s native country.

It covers the disappearance of Harriet Vanger a member of a very wealthy Swedish family some forty years earlier. Mikael Blomkvist a journalist is hired to investigate the case and establish exactly what happened to Harriet. Her uncle in his eighties and now approaching the end of his life stongly suspects she was murdered and wants to find out exactly what happened to her. His own investigations since her disappearance have all drawn a blank which is why he turns to Blomkvist.

Blomkvist teams up with the girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisbeth Salander, to investigate the case. Both parties are to an extent damaged goods themselves. Blomkvist has just lost a libel case effectively making him a disgraced journalist and Salander, at only 24 years old, is an extremely ruthless but highly talented computer hacker who has suffered sexual abuse at the hands of her legal guardian. This is not a one sided affair however, she uses a hidden camera to record his abuse and then uses that to get her revenge and freedom from his control, rather unpleasantly it has to be said.

Discoveries of corruption at the highest levels are made, surprising links back to the central characters are revealed and all the characters in the book demonstrate a deep and dark side to their past and present lives. The plot twists and turns, leads to dead ends, unanswered questions and many completely illogical discoveries. It is also a book about sexual abuse of the worst kind and the central character, Lisbeth, was construed as a result of Larsson witnessing a rape when he was only fifteen years old.

As you can see the book is now also a film and it is said that the American version is closer to the original book than the Swedish version. That’s sounds a bit unusual, and I guess that it will need to be left to you to decide if it’s true.

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