I say “serious” because this mystery series contains a great number of characters and some pretty complicated plotting, as well as a lot of historical and political background information, much of which is not necessarily integral to the story. So it’s a step up beyond the usual popular mystery novel and a little more difficult to read. But the author seems to instill in the reader so much empathy for the main characters, and the plot takes so many twists, that I could hardly put it down, wanting to see what happens next.
After surviving an attempt on her life, Lisbeth Salander is put on trial for numerous offenses in an attempt to have her declared incompetent once again and commit her to a mental institution for life. The quest to defend her against these charges and to discover and expose those plotting against her is the main thrust of this book, the third of the series. The trial scenes, with her attorney’s cross-examination of one of the witnesses, are extremely clever and effectively done.
I had been a little afraid that this final book of Mr. Larsson’s would leave some loose ends to be resolved in a fourth book, which he never got to complete due to his untimely death, but that was not the case, and I found the ending to be very satisfying.
As I have said before, it’s best to read the Trilogy in order, with “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” first, then “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, before starting this one. I loved all three!