The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson picks up just hours after the shocking events that concluded the second novel and deftly manages to slow the pace without losing its momentum. All of the backstory, characters, and pieces of the conspiracy surrounding Lisbeth Salander from the first two novels converge and emerge in this final installment. Having Lisbeth be in recovery from the events of the second novel seemed at first like a risky move, but it’s just as compelling to see her trounce people with her intellect as opposed to her combat skills. Secrets and twists abound as everything that Larsson has been meticulously unfolding finally comes fully to light. A great read which cements Lisbeth Salander as one of the great characters of this new century.