They will be brief, and I will treasure every moment, but I have blissful hours ahead reading the last book in Stieg Larsson"s crime trilogy with its maverick protagonist, Lisbeth Salander. This one, The Girl who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, just came out in hardcover in English, and my anticipation was so great, I broke my library or paperback-only rule. How enticing is this passage about Salander in Chapter 1?
I think you're right," Erlander said to Blomkvist as they walked back to the farmhouse. "An analysis of the blood will probably establish that Salander was shot and buried here, and I'm beginning to expect that we'll find her fingerprints on the cigarette case. Somehow she managed to survive and dig herself out and - "
"And somehow get back to the farm and swing an ax into Zalachenko's skull," Blomkvist finished for him. She can be a moody bitch.
I took Larsson's death after handing in three manuscripts to his publisher as a personal loss. I haven't seen any of the Swedish movies about the series, or the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which was made into a film in English because I don't want to be disappointed. I will, of course, give in.