The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
By Stieg Larsson
Random House Large Print (2010), 912 pages
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - May 3, 2010
This is the third and final volume of the Larsson trilogy, which began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, because the author died in 2004. The first volume was excellent, the second was better, and the third was best of all. The books stand head and shoulders above all other crime thrillers during the past decade or more. They are extremely well-written, expertly translated, have unforgettable characters, great uninterrupted drama and suspense, and in Lisbeth Salander one of the most unique and memorable characters in crime literature.
The books follow one another as if they are parts of a single drama, but each can stand on its own. Lisbeth is arrested in this volume for a host of false offenses, including murder. A secret Swedish governmental agency with huge powers and atrocious behavior are determined to have Lisbeth concealed in an insane asylum so that they can hide their past nefarious deeds from public attention, activities that Lisbeth knows.
Unknown to them and virtually everyone, while overly-thin, short, tattooed, anti-social, seemingly unemotional, and refusing to talk to others unless she wants to do so, Lisbeth has an IQ far above normal, a photographic memory, is one of the best computer hackers in the world, and – beware - is friends with other hackers. Yet despite her off-putting, anti-social behavior, more than half a dozen people and agencies decide to help her, each in their own way, especially Kalle Fucking Blomkvist and the entire staff at the magazine Millennium, a couple of his girl friends and his sister, some cops, and Armansky’s security agency, even though she never smiled at him, and the hackers, of course.
Literature lost much when Larsson passed away.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Rabbi Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes daily samples of the Targum books on www.ouradio.org.