This is the third and final book of the Millennium Trilogy. If you have read the first two, you’ll want to read this one. The author has made sure of that because he left the second part of the book with an ending that can be described as a cliffhanger.
It’s hard to talk about this book without giving away the details of the second one. So I’m only going to write an outline of what goes on in this book. Lisbeth Salander is no longer a suspect in the murder investigation but she is still under arrest for various crimes. For most part of the novel Lisbeth lies in a hospital while there are people planning to get rid of her and her secrets by painting a picture that she is mentally ill and needs to be institutionalized. Even though she is locked up in a hospital room, she continues to prepare for her fight with those who institutionalized her when she was a child and are planning to do so again.
Lisbeth, who does doesn’t trust anyone or work with anyone has something similar to her own army in this book. I won’t be exaggerating when I say there a LOT of characters in this book. There are so many people ready to help her and they are doing all they can to bring justice to her. The easier way to outline the story would be to list the various groups that are carrying out their own investigations to help Lisbeth.
- Mikael Blomkvist and the staff at Millennium – Mikael can be called the ‘mastermind’ behind all the operations because he is the one who convinced most of the others to help Lisbeth. His weapon, obviously, is his magazine in which he plans to uncover all the secrets and details about everyone responsible for the injustice towards Lisbeth.
- Dragan Armansky and Milton Security
- Director Torsten Edklinth (Säpo Constitutional Protection) – He forms a group specially for investigating the Salander affair and appoints Monica Figuerola as the head.
- Jan Bublanski, Sonja Modig and some other police officers who were in charge of Salander’s case.
- Annika Giannini, Mikael’s sister and Lisbeth’s lawyer.
I think that’s all. Lisbeth herself, armed with her Palm Tungsten T3( smuggled into the hospital along with a phone by Mikael), and her friends from ”Hacker Republic” also help in collecting information. There is a list of people on the otherside too, but I’m not going to name them.The trial part in the book is really nice. Giannini destroys the opposition point by point and clears Lisbeth’s name.
This book was just as awesome as the other two. If I have to find fault then I’ll say that there a lot of detailed descriptions in this book and the pace is a bit slow at the starting. But this does not affect the book and doesn’t in anyway make it boring. I find that all the books of the Trilogy are written with a similar pattern where the pace picks up halfway through the book. I loved reading this book. It is sad that this is the last book and fans won’t be able to see any more books from Stieg Larsson. There is the movie release to look forward to so I’m not going to say good-bye to Lisbeth just yet. Hope you all get to read this awesome series and enjoy it as much as I did.