So glad I FINALLY had a chance to read this book! It’s the third book in the Millennium Trilogy. I read the first two books in the series last YEAR and then had to wait for this third book to come out in paperback since I don’t enjoy ready hardback books (they’re just difficult to transport and considering that most of my reading is done on the metro, that’s important).
This was another book that I could not put down. It is 750 pages which I read over 4 days. The book picks up where the last book left off – with the main character (Lisbeth Salander) in the hospital after being brutally attacked and almost killing her father (a Russian defector granted safe harbor and protection by Sweden). The book focuses on the process of preparing for Salander’s trial which turns into a much bigger job of also investigating the Swedish police force. We’re then privy to the trial and some of the aftermath.
Unfortunately the author, Stieg Larsson died in 2004, before publishing the books. He apparently had a partial manuscript for a fourth book and outlines for a fifth and sixth book prepared (potentially even hoping to have 10 in the series). His life-long partner says that she is up for the task of writing the books, but I wonder if she’ll be able to match his writing style, mixed plot lines and intensity.
All of these books are prize winners and he was even awarded USA Today’s Best Author of the Year award in 2010. Over 14 million copies fo the books have been sold in the US which is a rarity because they are a translation of the original work.
If you haven’t yet read these books, I highly recommend them!