As promised I moved right from The Girl Who Played With Fire to the final book of the trilogy The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. "Hornet's Nest" picks up right where "Fire" leaves off. However, where "Fire" is an action packed page-turner, "Hornet's Nest" is more a spy, intrigue novel. It's rather slow and there are about 1000 different characters, most of them in law enforcement. I almost had to do a trusty character chart to keep up with who was police, who was with Sapo, who was with "The Section" and who was in the mob. I also found this book to be much more predictable. Even the "surprises" were things I saw coming a mile away. There is an entire Berger side plot that amounts to almost nothing. I kept wondering where it was going and there were 10,000 more interesting directions it could have gone but for me the Berger plot was a gigantic flop.
That said, the ending of the trilogy came together quite beautifully and despite being more intrigue than action I stayed up until well after 3am to finish. (Darn those Kindle dots - you never really know how much of the book you have left)
I do feel really invested in the characters and I feel like they were all written quite consistently which I appreciate.
Unfortunately Stieg Larsson passed away while writing the 4th book. It was written but not entirely edited and revised. If his estate does publish the 4th book I will, of course continue to read on Wasp's adventures!