The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest


“The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” is the third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy and was published in 2007.

It received The Glass Key Award form Crime Writers of Scandinavia in 2008.
According to figures from June 2011, the Millennium Trilogy has together sold 60 million copies in more than 50 countries. 

Plot summary

Two seriously injured people arrive at the emergency ward of the Sahlgrensa hospital in Gothenburg. One is the wanted murderer Lisbeth Salander who has taken a bullet to the head and needs immediate surgery, the other is Alexander Zalachenko, an older man who Lisbeth has attacked with an axe.

In this third novel in the Millennium trilogy, Lisbeth is planning her revenge against the men The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nestwho tried to kill her, and even more importantly, revenge against the government which nearly destroyed her life. But first she must escape from the intensive care unit and exculpate her name from the charges of murder that hangs over her head.

In order to succeed with the latter, Lisbeth will need the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist. He is writing an exposing article that will shake the Swedish government, the secret service and the whole country by its foundations. Finally there is a chance for Lisbeth Salander to put her past behind her and finally there is a chance for truth and justice to prevail.

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1,005 thoughts on “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest”
  1. I have been reading all three (all published in French) a piece of art .. could not stop .. been reading most nights for 2 weeks .. what a shame he cannot write anymore .. already missing him


  2. I have to say I felt cheated with how things ended between Blomkvist and Salander. Larsson apparently planned 10 books about the pair, so who knows, things might have changed later on. But the bond between the two lead characters was what drove me to continue reading, so the final pay-off was disappointing to say the least.

    Hopefully they will someday publish what was finished of the fourth book, and details on what was going to happen in book five and six (which were apparently mapped out by the time Larsson passed away). If not, I guess our own imaginations will have to do.


  3. I just finished the tome III in French… It is really an amazing series! I have never read like this before! I stopped myself reading during nights around 2 o’clock. I will miss so much Lisbeth and Michael… and I will miss Stieg Larsson too…


  4. I’ve just finished the first book, I’ve been flabbergasted. I spent a whole week-end reading through with no rest like a drug. Great writer, rest in peace.


  5. this book, not just is impossible to read in italian, but it is impossible also to know what it speaks about in italian…

    giulia – italy,

  6. read it in french. wonderful! i ignored my family for several days while reading it. there really should be a 4th book to resolve what happens after Lisbeth decides to let Mikael back into her life….


  7. any news regarding the 3rd book? I cannot wait any longer!

    Maria, Italian fanatic reader,

  8. Still waiting for the 3rd book, unfortunately I do not read Swedish so I have to wait for the English, Spanish or Italian translation!

    The 2nd book, in Italian, was keeping me awake for 3 nights!


  9. Boy I really loved The Girls With the Dragon Tattoo, I couldn’t get enough of The Girl Who Played with Fire…. Why do we have to wait TWO years for Castles in the Sky that has already been published in French????? That’s torture!!!!

    Ralph A. Arbeid,

  10. Lisbeth, Lisbeth…

    I love to wait a little bit more. I still have the latest to start….of course in Italian.

    Opposite feeling from the main part of you no more than 10 pages a day, and dream. I prefer to wait and taste/smell what is coming……

    Marco – Genoa,

  11. Spare a thought for us poor ludites who speak only english! Don’t give away the plot of the third book – or any hints of its contents! I’m going to re-read the first two until book three is available – IT’S NOT FAIR!!!!

    Ria, country nsw australia,

  12. Just finished The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I cannot believe I need to wait until July 2009 to read The Girl Who Played With Fire to say nothing about how long I will then have to wait for Castles in the Sky. To say that this is unfair is quite the understatement. Wonderful characters and storyline.

    Constance,New Hampshire,USA,

  13. I so hope that Steig Larsson somehow knows he has thrilled and entertained us with his outstanding talent! His books are wonderful….so sad we have lost this intelligent author. How will we survive without a fourth fabulous book??

    MaryAnne/Washington State,USA,

  14. Why can’t we buy an English version of “Castles in the Sky” now? What are we here in the US, chopped liver?

  15. the 2nd finished in 2 days. right after i bought the 3rd one and just finished in less than days 2 days!!

    i was addicted…i don’t know what to do now!!

    Amin from Paris,

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