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Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on antidemocratic, right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
This final entry in Larsson's posthumously published "Millennium" trilogy follows the LJ Best Audio of 2009 The Girl Who Played with Fire, also available from Books on Tape/Random Audio. It features a critically wounded Lisbeth Salander working alongside friend and journalist Mikael Blomkvist to prove her innocence and plot her revenge, and it successfully pulls together all the earlier plot lines while also developing new narrative threads. Narrator Simon Vance (see Behind the Mike, LJ 11/15/08) handles the complex plot and diverse characters well, helping the story to move along quickly and addictively. Highly recommended as an essential purchase to complete the series, all three of whose entries were LJ Best Sellers. ["A must" for Larsson fans, read the review of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling Knopf hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 5/21/10.-Ed.]-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Simon Vance isn't about to change anything that worked so well in his renditions of the first two-thirds of the Millennium trilogy. But as the late author planned, the books form a coming-of-age story, albeit an unconventional one, in which the rough-edged computer genius Lisbeth Salander moves from aggressively antisocial behavior toward self-awareness and happiness. Much of that happens in this book, and Vance follows Larsson's lead, subtly decreasing Salander's stridency, even as she is forced to combat an awesome array of villains. Vance has no problem vocally distinguishing each of the bad guys, along with the heroic team of police and journalists led by Salander's co-protagonist, magazine writer Mikael Blomkvist. He even manages to help listeners identify a Stockholm telephone directory's worth of Swedish names. Vance wrings every ounce of suspense out of the prose, and there is one shocking confrontation near the end that allows him to pull out all the stops. A Knopf hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 21). (May) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
"A thoroughly gripping read . . . Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson's fierce pixie of a heroine, is one of the most original characters in a thriller to come along in a while--a gamin, Audrey Hepburn look-alike but with tattoos and piercings, the take-no-prisoners attitude of Lara Croft and the cool, unsentimental intellect of Mr. Spock . . . Owes less to the Silence of the Lambs horror genre than to something by John le Carrï¿½." --Michiko Kakutani, New York Times "The literary equivalent of a caffeine rush . . . Larsson was one of those rare writers who could keep you up until 3 a.m. and then make you want to rush home the next night to do it again . . . Larsson is something like John Grisham [but] Larsson held an extra ace: the creation of Salander." --Newsweek "It's over! And I feel the same sense of pleasure and loss that I did when I watched the finale of 'The Sopranos' and the last episodes of 'Battlestar Galactica' . . . Salander is, I promise, someone you will never forget . . . Anyone who enjoys grounding their imaginations in hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of exciting pages about the way we live now ought to take advantage of this trilogy." --Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune "Larsson has produced a coup de foudre, a novel that is complex, satisfying, clever, moral . . . This is a grown-up novel for grown-up readers, who want something more than a quick fix and a car chase. And it's why the Millennium trilogy is rightly a publishing phenomenon all over the world." --Guardian "A heart-stopping showdown showcases one of crime fiction's most unforgettable characters--and cements Larsson's rep as one of its most passionate and original voices." --People "Confirms Larsson as one of the great talents of contemporary crime fiction." --Sunday Times (UK) "Exhilarating . . . Larsson's was an undeniably powerful voice in crime fiction that will be sorely missed." --Publishers Weekly "Fast-paced enough to make those Jason Bourne films seem like Regency dramas." --Kirkus Reviews "Larsson's vivid characters, the depth of the detail across the three books, the powerfully imaginative plot, and the sheer verve of the writing make the trilogy a masterpiece of its genre." --The Economist "There are few characters as formidable as Lisbeth Salander in contemporary fiction of any kind . . . She dominates the stage like Lear . . . She will be sorely missed." --Booklist "Larsson's work is original, inventive, shocking, disturbing, and challenging . . . His novels have brought a much needed freshness into the world of crime fiction." --Times (UK) "Fans will not be disappointed: this is another roller-coaster ride that keeps you reading far too late into the night." --Evening Standard