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New Release: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

51Bz+ItypRL._SL160_By Stieg Larsson
Knopf | 576pgs
Release Date: May 25, 2010

Rabid fans of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy rejoice! The final installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest arrives in stores tomorrow. The third novel, following The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire opens right where the second novel leaves off. “The Girl” in question, crazy-smart computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, lies in a hospital bed under police guard, suffering a gunshot wound to the head. The man who shot her, arch enemy and father, Alexander Zalachenko, is located a few doors down, convalescing from an ax wound in the head, the blow dealt by his daughter. Besides fighting for her life, Salander must also fight for her freedom as she stands accused of three murders, and will face a trial back in Stockholm, if she survives. She again teams up with journalist Mikael Blomkvist, to clear her name. Working with Salander, mainly through digital communications, and recruiting a group of hackers and journalists to aid in the fight, Blomkvist uncovers a long-term government conspiracy that has hurt many innocent people, chief among them, Lisbeth Salander herself.

Stieg Larsson died of a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 50, not long after submitting the manuscripts for the Millennium Trilogy to his publisher. The first two books in the series were a huge success, selling millions of copies worldwide. Critics have praised Larsson’s tight pacing and gift for storytelling throughout the series, though some think the final chapter is not as polished. Deirdre Donahue of USA TODAY feels Hornet’s Nest is “more like a first draft than a polished novel,” and surmises that the author may have revised the book had he lived. Though overall Donahue concludes: “…instead of complaining about the third novel in the trilogy, let’s end with a big thank you for the spellbinding first two.”

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