Larsson is brilliant
April 5, 2011
What a great trilogy! I loved all three novels. It's been many years since a thriller kept me up hours after my normal bedtime, but this textbook did that. This textbook was great, but was different than the first two. First, it was not a mystery to the reader. The first hundred pages or so mostly followed the bad guys as they plotted their cover-up after the murder of Zalachenko. We know what's happening as the protagonists work to figure things out. This worked well. This novel picked up right where the previous novel ended. Unlike the first two Stieg Larsson novels, this does not stand on its own. You need to read The Girl Who Played with Fire first, and it's best to not let too much time elapse before starting the third book. Those first hundred pages is a bit slow and confusing. In fact, throughout the whole novel, there were so many characters introduced that I had to work very hard to keep on top of them. The effort, though, is worth it. After page 100, we switch to following Salander, Blomkvist, and the police supporting them, and I was hooked. With numerous interconnected subplots, this novel drew me and became pure fun. This has action, suspense, great characters, and maybe the best courtroom drama ever. The final hundred pages were the most riveting and fun of any of the three novels. This made up for the slow start. What a reading treat.
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