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. After reading the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo early in 2008, I was mortified that I had to wait till January 2009 to obtain The Girl who played with Fire. After reading it in two days and desperate for the final part of the trilogy, I now have to wait till Jan 2010. Pleeeeeease why can’t we have it published in English any sooner??

    Kaye Arthur Australia,

  2. Loved Tattoo, and could not wait to read Fire, so I ordered from Amazon – UK and had it shipped to the States. It’s that good! I hope the movie is a success and they offer English track on the DVD.

    Mflaker – Wisconsin, USA,

  3. Just finishing up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Definitely glad i’v started! Look forward to picking up The Girl Who Played with Fire, just too bad I have to wait ’til 2010 for the final edition!!! Finger’s crossed they make a movie..there support is sure there!

    Jessica from Sydney AUS,

  4. Please hurry with translation – someone out there – with the 3rd and final millennium book. My best irish friend Michelle is waiting and waiting…. Take care – she will actually take control over your PC and help you get started …. : -o

    Tam – Ringsted – Denmark,

  5. I thought Tattoo was the best thriller I have ever read: it’s now been shunted into second place by Fire, just published in English, which is even better. What will Hornets’ Nest be like? May be it’s a good thing the third book is not published until Jan 2010 ? it could well take me until then to get over the emotion I felt, and the relief, when Mikael finds Lisbeth. Such masterly story telling by Stieg Larsson. He is truly among the greats. Can a movie (movies?) ever do justice to his words?

    Ty Byrd, France,

  6. I feel sooo lucky that I can read Dutch and French – all three books have already been translated! Would have been nicer still to read in Swedish, for I think that books are always best in their original language, but with these it doen’s really matter for they are greater than great anyway!

    ilja – the netherlands,

  7. The first book had such a suspense, the ending made me cry. To have both a happy and a sad ending in a book is unique.

    The second book had me worried really sad around the end. I hope in the third Lisbeth finally gets freedom and some good friends.

    I finished both books in less than a week each.

    Arash – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia,

  8. Goood, hurry up with the third one in English !

    It’s like drugs.

    And get the remaining pages from Expo and get the forth one together as well.


  9. Just finished the second book. Loved it but Lisbeth never would have forgotten about her dropped keys. She was too good for that oversight.

    Dennis – Syracuse NY,

  10. I generally do not read murder/mystery, but I made an excemption for this series – loved them, the first two anyway, waiting for the third to be realeased in English. Please hurry with it. Read the first two in 5 days, just could not put them down

    Heather – hot and dry South Australia,

  11. Have just finished second book of trilogy. I am amazed at the whole concept of the book. Hope I don’t have to wait too long for the third I am busting at the seams to know what happens to Salander. Denise from U.K.

    Denise Carver,

  12. Listened to the Dragon Tattoo on audio and was hooked – I had a friend in the UK express me Book 2 and spent the night finishing it. Larsson is truly gifted.

    Rob in Florida,

  13. I finished the first book in Dec 2008. I was disappointed when I discovered that the English translation for the 2nd book would not be available until July 09 here in the U.S….. so I did some research Salander style and got around this by ordering the 2nd book in English from Amazon UK site!!! Now I am on the hunt to find the 3rd book in english sooner than Jan 2010. Its torture that we have to wait so long!

    Monique, Vacaville, CA,

  14. cant wait for the third when will it be available in the uk or australia

    julien johns australia,

  15. I read the two firsts, one in catalan, the other one in spanish this christmas…amazing!! Usually I dont like to read “bestsellers” but those are really drugs. If I have to wait so long for the third one I´ll start to learn swedish just for reading it!!!!


  16. Yes, Iam going to learn swedish.

    I’m so sad for leaving Lisbeth and Mike in the last sentence and don’t know anything further about them untill June…

    NAT BCN,

  17. I’ve read books 1-2-3 in French very quickly. It’s really a drug.

    I do feel #3 to be a bit below the two firsts in the plot and “finish” of details to make it realistic. Actually, there are two books: #1 is the first and can be a standalone book, then #2 and #3 are actually one book.,

  18. Lucky me, I was in Paris last week and there it was, translated into French, very expensive by British standards, but ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’ kept me awake until stupid-O’Clock in the morning, I have to what happens next! You poor English-only readers, nearly a year to wait! Now, as soon as my wife finishes her copy, I’ll be finding out what’s happened to our heroine..

    Jamie Lipton,

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