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The highly anticipated final book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy,The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest [2], is due on May 25, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The Swedish crime series follows computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, who is passionate about getting revenge on those who have wronged her, and journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who is passionate about exposing corruption. According to the publisher, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest picks up where the last book left off:

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.

I read the first book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and while I was sucked into the story, I was disturbed by the shocking violence in the book. Because of the violence I haven’t continued with the series, although I’ve been tempted. Lisbeth Salander is certainly one of the most memorable characters I’ve ever come across.

The Swedish movie version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is currently out in the US, look for it at your local indie theater. You can check out the movie trailer over at Daemon’s Movies [3]. I guess Hollywood thinks Americans can’t be bothered to read subtitles because they plan to make their own version of the movie. According to Nikki Finke [4], Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page, Kristen Stewart, Mia Wasikowska, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Olivia Thirlby, and Scarlett Johannsen are all vying for the role of Lisbeth Salander. That is quite a list of talented young actresses! Personally, I think Natalie Portman would be perfect, but it’ll be interesting to see whom they choose.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest [2] hits bookstores on May 25, 2010.