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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Like crime novels? Here's a wide-ranging list...

...compiled by Jerry Pinto for Time Out Bengaluru: "Bloody murder".

I loved the nifty descriptions for each book in the list, but none more than this one for Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest:

You read this. Or you are reading it. Which?

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is the final book in the Millennium trilogy, which kicked off with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and continued with The Girl Who Played with Fire. All three books have been phenomenally successful and each one has also been turned into a movie (they were telecast on HBO just last month). What makes this publishing feat poignant is the knowledge that the author died shortly after submitting all three manuscripts.

It is the stupendous popularity of the Millennium trilogy, then, that led to Jerry Pinto's writing that nine-word description for the last book in the series. How ingenious!

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