This is a wonderful book, and the Milennium Trilogy, the three books penned by this author, is a must-read for any serious mystery lover.
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!
Just returned from hearing Florida author Randy Wayne White speak at our local library. He has a new book out, “Night Vision” (Putnam, 2011), another addition to his Doc Ford (former government operative turned marine biologist) mystery series.
I have not read any of his books, but am interested enough now to select one as soon as I get through my current pile. Not sure how long that may take, as today I added “Electric Barracuda” by Tim Dorsey. Each time I stop at the library I can’t resist picking up at least one more book. It’s like an addiction with me – I have to restrain myself from carting off nearly everything on the shelf!
I am moving right along with “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson – can’t put it down! Somehow this author has made me really care what happens to his characters, so I was hooked again from the very beginning of this book. The plot is so complicated and interesting; this guy was a genius, surely. You definitely need to read his trilogy in order however, or I can see where you might get confused in this third one without the background – I know I would have been.
Well, back to the reading!
I can’t decide whether I liked this book, a recent entry (Minotaur Books, 2010) in the Charlie Moon mystery series. This author’s style reminds me a lot of Elmore Leonard, and I’m not sure whether I like Elmore Leonard either. I had considered abandoning the book part way through, but I’m glad I finished it, although I doubt I will be reading many more in this series.
Charlie Moon, Ute rancher and investigator, has fallen on hard times. So when investor Samuel Reed approaches him and Granite City Chief of Police Scott Parish with a proposed wager, Charlie cannot resist. Reed is betting that the two men can’t keep him alive, a wager that of course he would be happy to lose.
The setting is western (think cattle country), and the book is written in a folksy, story-telling manner, but this one is a little too much of a tall tale for me, although the author does a very good job painting the scene and developing the characters. Charlie’s amusing, yet sinister Aunt Daisy pretty much creeped me out, and her “supernatural” abilities were a little hard for me to swallow.
I suppose this is probably a “man’s book”, as opposed to a woman’s, and that could be why it’s not one of my favorites. I tend to prefer books with a primary female character, one who is emotionally vulnerable, yet strong enough to eventually figure out how to triumph over whatever adversity she encounters. I can relate to that.
But this was a well-done and an interesting change of pace.