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In the concluding volume of Stieg 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. And, on her own, she’ll seek revenge—against the man who tried to kill her and against the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 Carré. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times 

  • 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
     

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • “Larsson was a cerebral, high-minded activist and self-proclaimed feminist who happened to have a God-given gift for pulse-racing narrative. It’s this offbeat combination of attributes—imagine if John Grisham had prefaced his writing career not by practicing law in Mississippi but by heading up the Stockholm office of Amnesty International—that has made the series such a sui generis smash…for fans of the first two books, there are plenty of the Larssonian hallmarks they have come to love.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A thoroughly gripping read that shows off the maturation of the author's storytelling talents…Larsson effortlessly constructs an immensely complicated story line that owes less to the Silence of the Lambs horror genre than to something by John le Carré…Cutting nimbly from one story line to another, Larsson does an expert job of pumping up suspense while credibly evoking the disparate worlds his characters inhabit.”

    New York Times

  • “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.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “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

  • “The trilogy ranks among those novels that expand the horizons of popular fiction…the novel fully lives up to the excellence of the previous two and…brings the saga to a satisfactory conclusion.”

    Washington Post

  • “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.”

    Newsweek

  • “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 (London)

  • “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 (London)

  • “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.”

    Economist

  • “There are few characters as formidable as Lisbeth Salander in contemporary fiction of any kind…She dominates the stage like Lear.”

    Booklist

  • “Delicious mayhem, where no man is quite good and no rich person has the slightest chance of entering the kingdom of heaven. Oh, there are lots of very bad bikers, too. Patented Larsson, meaning fast-paced enough to make those Jason Bourne films seem like Regency dramas.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of a 2011 Audie Award
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 CWA International Dagger Finalist
  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by M | 6/29/2016

    " Yet another excellent book in the series. It is a shame there are no more as I am hooked. This volume continues seamlessly from the earlier volumes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donaldinho | 1/31/2014

    " Was awesome. A great conclusion to the story. Just a shame that the author never saw the impact of his stories... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mick | 1/31/2014

    " Unlike most, I enjoyed this one the best of the 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danielle | 1/29/2014

    " Not as fluent in writing as the first two. I almost feel like this was written by someone else. I felt like I knew all the secrets long before I needed to. Still an excellent conclusion to the story. Stieg was a brilliant writer and storyteller. The characters will stay with me for a lifetime. Just think - this could actually happen in real life; it boggles my mind. Love it. Would read it again. "

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