by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translator)
Published May 25th 2010
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.
Okay, once again you're getting the story from different points of view. I didn't really like that in the first two books, but for this final one it made all the sense in the world. A huge conspiracy took place and the different views only add to the tangled mess. Your reading bits from those covering up the ordeal, and then bits from those uncovering the ordeal.
The series as a whole held an abuse of women theme, but that changed in this last book... and I loved it. All the women were tough, independent, and got the job done (so did the men). I loved the roles they all took. Salander was the tough eccentric fighting back for all the years her social liberties were infringed upon. She had an arsenal of people on her side, working together in secrecy to win her case, it was amazing.
I don't like giving away spoilers, but trust me when I say that this series is a must read.