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Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.
Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.
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By B.J. on 06-15-10
Sometimes when you're done listening to a book, you just can't stand the silence that follows. This is precisely the case here. I miss Lisbeth. I miss Simon's voice. I miss thinking about what Larsson was going to do with the plot.
Simon Vance is the perfect reader for this exciting conclusion to the trilogy. I'm ready to listen to it again so I can pick up more detail. Excellent.
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By Joseph on 06-14-10
To me, the best of the three.
This book continues the story of the previous two books, and I guess concludes it, since Larsson is no longer around to write more. It is a good, satisfying ending to the three, and probably the best constructed.
Larsson's storytelling in all three has been a little predictable, and a little scattered, but it seemed less so in this one, up to a point. He throws completely unexpected curveballs at random, so at points you think the book is going to head in one direction, and it abruptly and irrevocably changes course. By now the main characters are developed, but even so he has some surprises for them.
The tension in this one is different, though. Rather than a suspenseful mystery, it's more of a carefully plotted drama. The suspense changes from whodunnit to "how are they going to fix it." Many of the scenes are more carefully developed and have more believable intrigue and depth than in the previous two. It's better written, and better constructed, and a little more patient.
There are holes. Previous characters and storylines just disappear. It feels like maybe some of the ending was supposed to happen in later books, and had to be wrapped up in this one when Larsson died, maybe using notes and scenes he left for future stories. That's just a guess.
Overall, good ending to a good series, and as with the other books, this one tries to make points beyond just the story, and succeeds. And of course, the characters come alive. A good story with a purpose. You can't ask for more.
And of course, Simon Vance is perfect, but he always is.
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