The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
This is the last of Larsson's trilogy featuring Mikael Blomkvist, Lisbeth Salander, and Erica Berger. All three characters appear in each of the 3 books, but Blomkvist dominates the first, Salander, the second, and Berger gets a little more time in the third than she did in the previous two.
Although some feel the concluding book in the trilogy fell a bit short, I I enjoyed it thoroughly. Not because of the plot, which did tie together some elements from the first two novels, but because of the characters. Larsson's writing in each of his three books kept me engrossed with his characters. In the world he created, the main characters had a complexity and an ability to surprise that kept me committed to them.
Salander's character reminds me of Kathy Mallory in Carol O'Connell's Mallory series; Salander is not an imitation, but she has similar characteristics: social ineptitude, psychological damage, and an instinctive brilliance with machines. Both Salander and Mallory have difficulty relating to people, even feeling sympathy, but both have friends who support them (regardless of how difficult).
I was sad when I finished the series, and like so many others, I hate to say goodbye to Blomkvist and Salander.
Fiction. Crime/ Suspense. 2010. 576 pages.