The Girl who kicked the Hornets’ nest is the third and final chapter of the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Prior to reading this review, I would highly recommend reading the reviews of the first and second books to have some background knowledge. The final installment begins with Lisbeth Salander being rushed to hospital following her injuries sustained towards the end of the second book. As she is being operated on, Blomqvist has tried to get police to arrest Ronald Neidermann. However, due to a police bungle, Neidermann escapes and thus ensues a search for him as a suspect in the killings of the previous book.
In the mean time, Zalachenko too is being operated on for the injuries he sustained. Upon regaining consciousness, he denies trying to harm Salander and blames it all on Neidermann. Meanwhile, the prosecutor is preparing a case to charge Salander with grievious bodily harm and attempted murder but has to wait until she recovers completely. The fact that Salander will be on trial is uncomfortable for some people…the people who assisted Zalachenko all these years and turned a blind eye to his deeds and basically covered his arse. The people who are part of a secret section of the Security Police. Their main aim is that Salander be declared mentally incompetent and be back in a psychiatric institution.
And thus begins their journey.
Blomqvist through Salander’s help in the previous book has figured out most of her history and the existence of this secret section. And he is determined to expose the people and the departments involved in pretty much destroying Salander’s life and her civil liberties. In order to do this, he joins forces with Armansky, Salander’s boss from Milton Security, and Holder Palmgren, her previous guardian. He also convinces his sister Annika Giannini to take on Salander’s case as her lawyer. And throughout this time, unbeknownst to all around, he receives help from Salander to investigate matters the best way she can while still confined to her hospital bed.
Of course, taking on a secret government agency is not a piece of cake and Blomqvist faces threats and road blocks along the way.
Does he manage to win the battle against these faceless men?
Does Salander get convicted and have to spend her life in a psychiatric unit again?
What happens to Zalachenko?
Do the police ever catch Neidermann?
Who are the faces behind the secret section of the Security Police? And how many other conspiracies were involved?
To find out, you have to read the book and be sucked into the conspiracy theories. It was an enjoyable book but tended to drag on in some parts for me. It’s a whopping 750 pages or so and does take a while. There were times I wondered whether it had been edited or not because certain paragraphs were just a waste of space. But, despite all that, it was still an interesting and exciting read as far as conspiracy theories go. I especially enjoyed the court scenes towards the end of the book. Remember though, you have to read the first two books to actually understand the third.
Until next time,
***This has been cross-posted at Bond with Books***