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The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogy.

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

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©2010 Stieg Larsson (P)2010 Random House

Critic Reviews

“Larsson’s vivid characters, the depth of detail across three books, the powerfully imaginative plot, and the sheer verve of the writing make the trilogy a masterpiece of the genre.” (The Economist)
“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)
“Salander is someone you will never forget. . . . Anyone who enjoys grounding their imaginations in hundreds . . . of exciting pages about the way we live now ought to take advantage of this trilogy.” (Chicago Tribune)

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  • Janet
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 06-14-10

Don't miss this one!

Wow!! Just finished this last of the three Larsson books. It is so very unique and perfectly done in every way. The narration is as good as it gets. Make sure you listen to the three in order but do listen. They are exceptional and a great way to pass time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Christine
  • Guilderland, NY, United States
  • 06-05-10

Great Series with Wonderful Ending

A moving ending to a thrilling tale. It is tragic that Larsson died so young and will not be able to finish the other 6 novels he outlined.
The reading of all three audible books in the series was superb and enhanced the narrative.
Well done.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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If you read first 2 books you don't need anyone to tell you
that this book will be amazing!!!!!

The mysteries about this books are even bigger than in the trilogy itself.

3 Written novels were found in personnel affects of the author after his death.
His friends and family never even suspected he was writing a novel, never-mind 3 of them
The mystery continues according to some rumors
there also were found 3 sketches
with concepts and ideas for books 4,5 and 6

So lets hope for the best.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Bradenton, FL, United States
  • 04-02-12

It's Been a Long Time

It's been a very long time since I've listened to a book that I just couldn't stop listening to. Have you ever had one of those? It's the kind I pull in the drive and just sit in the car or I get to work and sit in the parking lot until the absolute latest time I could. Even worse, I found my self driving the long way around just to be able to listen longer. This book was definitely one of those. I didn't feel the same way with the first 2 books as I did with this. The author used such a great way of bringing everything together. I absolutely loved the trial and how it was written. What a great listen...and when you think it's all over, there's still lots more story to tell.

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  • Adnan
  • Chula Vista, CA, United States
  • 11-25-11


This series turned out to be one of my favorite. Simon Vance made me a fan of his for life. The whole series is as well crafted as any series i have read. This book concludes the story in very satisfying way. The story sheds light on abuse on children as well as human trafficking. Not sure how close to truth the story is, but it really reader feel for the character as well as admire the strength of the main character. The story is excellent and narration that could do justice to the story. There are Swedish movies are out on these movies as well which are excellent too.

The only bad part about the books is that books come out in printing after the death of the author, and there will be no more books by the same author. I wish we had Stieg Larsson among us, so he could dazzle us with his writing for years to come.

I highly recommend this series.

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  • Byron
  • Tallahassee, FL, United States
  • 04-29-11

A very special conclusion to the trilogy

The 3rd book was my favorite as it picked up right where book 2 left off, By that time, I was fully engaged with the characters, and could not wait to find out what happened next.

Perhaps most intriguing to me was realizing that the author was telling me fascinating details about government bureaucrary and how it works. Those kinds of things usually invite boredom, but the character presentation in these books seemed so intriguing that it didn't matter where you were... whether the newsroom, the magazine's offices, the hospital, or the myriad of other settings, you were just engaged in the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not enough good can be said of it...

What I loved most about each book as well as the trilogy itself was how thoroughly the author completed the victories of his heroes and demise of each villain. I loved all its characters. I still cant quit listening to it!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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female who loved this series

First, I saw the foreign (Swedish) movie of book 1 and loved it. Now I've gone straight through all 3 books in this series and loved all of them. Very few books do I give 5 stars to. Yes, there is violence towards women, but the whole point of the series is the female anti-hero who is mentally strong, intellectually gifted, and never gives in. In the end, she gets the better of every man who has done her wrong by out thinking them and because they underestimate her. This third book in the series is really a continuation of the storyline in book 2 and every bit as good as the first two books. Not since I read straight through all 7 Harry Potter books have I loved a series of novels so much. Obviously, this is an adult series and at the opposite end of the spectrum from Potter, but fascinating all the same. Now I'm hoping the Hollywood film (starring Daniel Craig & Rooney Mara) follows more closely to the book(s) than the Swedish production company did with their 3 films. I'm heartbroken that the author died before he could finish the fourth book in this series. Reportedly, he had an outline for 10 books focusing on the female anti-hero. I hope that Eva Gabrielsson is eventually given the rights to finish the fourth book at least.

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  • Ed
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 07-21-10

Back on track with the final installment

I liked this book and thought Larsson did a particularly good job of developing the character of Erika Berger. Many subplots were drawn together into a well-conceived concept. I had a little trouble keeping track of all the Swedish names for a large cast of characters. Getting through the listen in less than a week helped. If the stories and characters in this trilogy weren't good, the challenges associated with so many Swedish names and places would have made these listens tedious. This wasn't the case. This final installment was every bit as good as the first one. The Girl Who Played With Fire didn't measure up, but you need to listen to all three for continuity. I'm sorry the serial has ended. Larsson created some truly memorable characters.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Marie
  • Venice, FL, United States
  • 07-19-10

Loved it!

I have read all three books in this series and throughly enjoyed each and everyone. Well worth the time to start at the beginning and listen to all three. Can't wait for another one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful