the third volume in Stieg Larsson’s international bestselling Millennium series, is Bookreporter.com’s 2010 Book of the Year. This is just as much a celebration of the book as it is of Larsson’s trilogy, which includes THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE. There was no denying the series’ global impact upon the release of THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST. A copy of one of Larsson’s books seemed to be everywhere you turned—in cafés, trains, buses, airports, pools, parks, and so on.
We hope you enjoy this special Bookreporter.com feature and tribute to the crusading journalist and his cyberhacking sidekick who have captivated readers and book lovers all over the globe. Below you will find information about all three novels, as well as the special deluxe boxed set, including reviews, reading guides, the official film trailers, and links to articles and information of interest to fans of the series. You’ll also find trailers and information for the upcoming American movies, the first of which releases on December 21, 2011.
STIEG LARSSON’S MILLENNIUM TRILOGY BOXED SET
Readers all across America are talking about Stieg Larsson’s #1 bestselling trilogy --- THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST --- which has more than 12 million copies in print. Now, just in time for the holidays: a deluxe, slip-cased set of the three hardcover novels --- each unjacketed, bound in full cloth and uniquely stamped, with maps and individual full-color endpapers --- as well as ON STIEG LARSSON, a previously unpublished collection of essays about and correspondence with the author.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO combines murder, mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel. Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over 40 years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. But he has no idea just how explosive the story will be until, on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander --- the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, and who now becomes the focus and fierce heart of THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE. As Blomkvist, alone in his belief in Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation of the slayings, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST
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.
Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor-in-chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on anti-democratic right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – Trailer
In theaters December 21, 2011
Links Around the Web of Interest to Millennium Readers and Fans:
For fans curious to see international versions of the covers, click here for a special PDF poster.