The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest- Steig Larsson

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

This was the final book in the series by Larsson.  Lisbeth Salander fights for her life and then for her freedom as the series reaches its climax and is finally resolved.  A conspiracy involving political figures and a government organization is revealed in this final installment, and this serves to sort of connect the dots from the previous books.

I can't really say I liked the books.  They were very dark and parts were quite disturbing to read.  They were very catching however.  By the time I was deep into the first book, I knew I would want to read them all.  And when the second book ended so dramatically, I couldn't wait to start the third.  All of the books had numerous casual sexual references, occasional bad language, and lots of criminal activity. 

After reading the second book, I compared Larsson to James Patterson.  Patterson's books deal with disturbing criminal subjects, have references to sex, and use bad language (sometimes fairly often).  Larsson develops his subjects much more deeply than Patterson does and uses much more detail in his writing.  In short, he is much wordier.

I guess I can't really say they are "good" books, but they certainly are compelling and suspenseful.  If you begin one, be prepared to read them all.