Apr 252012

Author: Stieg Larsson

Pages: 658 trade paperback.

PublisherVintage Crime

Release Date: 2009

Genre:Revenge, Thriller


Lisbeth Salander- Genius hacker, and social introvert. Spends most of time in hospital recovering from wounds in previous novel and preparing for her trial.

Mikael Blomkvist-Reporter from Millennium magazine and is very loyal to Lisbeth.

Zalanchenko- Former Soviet spy and Lisbeth’s father.

Niedermann- Insane blonde giant, impervious to pain.

Dragan Armansky- Head of Milton Security.

Synopsis: After the events of The Girl Who Played With Fire, Lisbeth Salander is taken to a hospital to be fixed up after her father shot her in the head and buried her alive. As she is recovering, devious forces in a shady corner of the Swedish spy agency attempt to silence her about her father. They get the government to press charges against her with the goal of locking her in an insane asylum for the rest of her life. Despite her rough exterior, Lisbeth has made many friends over the years, including Mikael Blomkvist,  Dragan Armansky and Holger Palmgren and they band together to help her fight her enemies.

Analysis: As with the other two books, I could not put this novel down. Larsson really surprised me with this one in the direction it went. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a murder mystery, The Girl Who Played with Fire was a slightly different type of murder mystery, but The Girl That Kicked the Hornet’s Nest travels into new territory with courtroom drama and international espionage.


  • The story gets very deep quickly.
  • More depth to Niedermann character.
  • Lisbeth is master of payback.


  • Explanation of the plot to protect Zalanchenko borders on tedious at times.
  • Professional spies act like they have never heard of a surveillance camera.

Conclusion: This novel is a great continuation of the series, but it made me sad to finish it because it is possibly the last due to Stieg Larsson’s death in 2004.

Trivia: There is at least one more almost completed Stieg Larsson novel out there.

Score: 3.52/5

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