Book 54 in this challenge was The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson. This is the third book in his The Girl Who… trilogy and picks up where The Girl Who Played With Fire concludes, which continues the story of the more famous The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. This book begins with Lisbeth Salander taken to the hospital with serious injuries from her ordeal in The Girl Who Played With Fire, in the same hospital as her father whom she severely injured. The doctors work to successfully remove the bullet lodged in Lisbeth’s brain and fortunately there is no brain damage despite the severity of the injury. Her other wounds are less seriou and with time heal more quickly. But she is being charged with a list of crimes and faces arrest and trial when she is healed well enough to stand trial. Mikael Bloomquist is not allowed to see her as she is allowed no visitors but he arranges for his sister Annika Giannini to be Lisbeth’s lawyer so he has some means of contact with her. He also manages to get the doctor Jonasson to smuggle Lisbeth her hand-held computer and persuades the janitor to place a mobile phone in the air vent to Lisbeth’s room so that she has access to her Hacker network to help her prepare her defense by gathering evidence. In the meantime, Bloomquist discovers a section within the Swedish Internal Security police that is so secret that they are practically untraceable. But they have targeted him and bugged his phone and apartment and the phones of his friends. They managed to enter the hospital and kill Lisbeth’s father. Bloomquist goes after them to find out about them and expose them. Meanwhile, Erika Berger has left Millenium to take become editor at SMP, Sweden’s big daily newspaper. She has become a target there of someone who does not want her there. Her home is broken into and she is receiving threatening emails. She also discovers from Mikael’s work that her CEO has broken Sweden’s laws against using companies that employ child labor and prison labor in foreign countries and she must deal with that.
With the information from Lisbeth’s smuggled computer, Mikael’s investigative work, and other sources, Sweden will come to a constitutional crisis as well as Lisbeth going to trial. This was a better book than the second book of the trilogy, I thought, though not as good as the first. However, it was a very good read, particularly as it involved how the characters worked technology to their advantage. Fifty-four down, 46 to go.