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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson *** (of 4)

The conclusion, and maybe the best, of the Swedish trilogy about men who hate women and abuse, cut apart, strangle, murder, beat, rape, and do other unspeakable things to them.  As in the previous two, the central character is Lisbeth Salander, who, true to form remains forcefully present through her silence.  Larsson defends women’s right to revenge, but also makes a strong statement in favor of the role of the press in protecting democracy from the forces of fascism.