The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Paperback) - Larsson, Stieg/ Keeland, Reg (TRN)

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In the concluding volume of Larsson''s Millennium trilogy, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head. But she''s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she''ll stand trial for three murders. With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she''ll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780307454560
SKU 225107980
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0307454568
Release Date 2/21/2012
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1.25T
Author Info
Stieg Larsson
The story of Swedish writer Stieg Larsson is filled with the same mystery, drama, and darkness which mark his phenomenal bestselling trilogy of "Millennium" novels, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST. ||Larsson was born in a small Swedish village in 1954, and was initially raised by his grandparents. Young Stieg was heavily influenced by his grandfather Severn, a devout anti-fascist who spent time in a work camp during World War II because of his resistance to Sweden's cooperation with the Nazis. After his grandfather died, nine-year-old Stieg moved back in with his parents and younger brother. ||By the time he was a teenager, Larsson was a strong supporter of the Communist party and an active political demonstrator. In 1972, he met Eva Gabrielsson at a protest against the Vietnam War, and they remained a couple for the next 32 years, though they never married for reasons of personal safety. For most of his adult life, Larsson vigorously pursued two passions--anti-fascism and science fiction. In addition to working full-time as a graphic designer, he became a prominent journalist and lecturer campaigning against fascism and hate groups, and also edited several science fiction magazines and was the president of the biggest science fiction fan club in Sweden. In 1991, he published his first nonfiction book, which openly explored Sweden's festering culture of right-wing extremism. One neo-Nazi journal responded to the book by publishing Larsson's photo and address, officially enacting a nefarious campaign against his life which would haunt him to his grave. Larsson eventually became so adept and accustomed to dealing with death threats that he authored a pamphlet instructing other journalists how to protect themselves from such enemies.|In 1995, Larsson founded the Swedish Expo Foundation, and became the editor of "Expo," the foundation's magazine, which was modeled after the British anti-fascist journal "Searchlight." He routinely worked 60-80 hours per week at "Expo," and became even more of a target for right-wing groups. In order to relax at night, Larsson began writing what he originally planned to be a ten-part series of mystery novels starring a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist and a punk-rock computer savant name Lisbeth Salander, whom he imagined as an adult version of Swedish children's icon Pippi Longstocking. Larsson eventually finished three (and a half) novels before he died of a massive heart attack in November of 2004, a few months before his official debut as a mystery writer. As of early 2010, the "Millennium" trilogy has sold more than 27 million copies worldwide. Although Larsson had stated that he wanted the assets of his estate to go towards the Swedish Socialist Party, he never finalized his will, so all of the proceeds of his books have gone to his father and brother, with the Swedish authorities taking a healthy cut thanks to inheritance taxes. But Eva Gabrielsson has the only copy of the uncompleted manuscript for the 4th book, and she has said that she will never publish it unless she gets the rights to Larsson's other books in order to distribute his earnings as he would have wished.
Praise
"Salander is such a bravura heroine--steel will and piercing intelligence veiling a heartbreaking vulnerability--that we'd willingly follow her through any bramble bush of a plot....There are few characters as formidable as Lisbeth Salander in contemporary fiction of any kind. She will be sorely missed." (starred review)
"Patented Larsson, meaning fast-paced enough to make those Jason Bourne films seem like Regency dramas." (starred review)
"[F]or fans of the first two books, there are plenty of the Larssonian hallmarks they have come to love: the rough justice meted out by Salander to her enemies; the strong, successful female characters...and the characters' acutely Swedish, acutely relaxed attitude toward sex and sexuality."
"The final verdict is in: Steig Larsson has posthumously proven himself to be one of the Greats of Mystery Fiction, taking his place in the pantheon along with other demi-Gods like Christie, Sayers, Hammett, Chandler, Robert Parker and his (still-breathing) fellow Swede, Henning Mankell."
From the Publisher
Annotation All Lisbeth Salander wants is to pursue her revenge--against the individuals and the institutions--that did their best to destroy her life. Unfortunately, as Steig Larsson opens his third and final chapter in his wildly popular Millennium series, Salander is laid up with critical injuries in the Sahlgrensa hospital and will need the help of newspaper man Mikael Blomkvist in order to put to rest her troubled past--and to prove her still doubted innocence in a slate of Stockholm murders. First on Blomkvist's list of shady characters is Salander's father, a Soviet double-agent who has long worked for Sweden's secret police. Investigating an individual with such a storied past inevitably ticks off some powerful and dangerous individuals, as the journalist slowly begins to unravel a long-buried conspiracy. While Blomkvist doggedly searches for proof of Salander's innocence--and his lady friend Erica struggles with sexism at her new job--Larsson's obsession-worthy heroine is stuck in a hospital bed--but worry not, devoted fans, she can do quite a lot of good damage with a few simple movements of her fingers upon her PDA. Readers of the trilogy will certainly be sad to experience the final chapter in Lisbeth Salander's story as written by Larsson before his death in 2004, but this is a stirring and satisfying conclusion to a fabulous trilogy. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.
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Number of Pages 0658
Publisher Vintage Books

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