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The Girl in the Spider's Web (Hardcover)
I have the same reaction when I hear of any author being engaged to continue a series started by a dead author. At least one of the corners of my mouth is pulled back – maybe both – in that “ohIdunnoaboutthis” grimace. Sometimes it’s warranted. Sometimes it works out well.
Case in point: David Lagercrantz’s continuation of the “Girl Who” books by Stieg Larsson. I was surprised and delighted with his addition. I really liked Larsson’s trilogy. I didn’t find it too dark or violent. Considering the subject matter, they were as dark and bloody as they should have been. I enjoyed everything about them and can tell you I thought Lagercrantz did a fine job capturing the characters, the tones, the themes, and the pacing of those books for his continuation, The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
Computers are, of course, central to the book. Not just hacking the questions of advanced computers and artificial intelligence. That vein is juxtaposed against the mysteries of the human brain – in this case, the unique talents of autistics. There’s Salandar’s pursuit of her father’s crime empire whose web (hence the spiders of the title) reaches far – and that web infiltrates the other web – the internet.
All of the usual suspects from the trilogy are there, as is the anger coursing through the background, anger and hatred aimed at women and the anger and fury the women and men send back in return.
Salandar may not be in a lot of the action but she’st here throughout and it is her book. I hope Lagercrantz does more. It was great to be back in the offices of Millenium and Lisbeth’s computer.
I was completely caught up in it.— JB
Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return
She is the girl with the dragon tattoo--a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.
Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker--a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .
The duo who captivated millions of readers in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest join forces again in this adrenaline-charged, uniquely of-the-moment thriller.
About the Author
DAVID LAGERCRANTZ is an acclaimed Swedish journalist and author. He has worked as a crime reporter for Expressen, and has written several novels, including the forthcoming Fall of Man in Wilmslow. He worked with international soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimović on his memoir, I Am Zlatan Ibrahimović, which was short-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and was nominated for the August Prize in Sweden. www.stieglarsson.net