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The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series (Paperback)
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
One of the Best Books of the Year
NPR * USA Today * O, The Oprah Magazine * Esquire
A genius hacker who has always been an outsider. A journalist with a penchant for danger. She is Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. He is Mikael Blomkvist, crusading editor of Millennium. One night, Blomkvist receives a call from a source who claims to have been given information vital to the United States by a young female hacker. Blomkvist, always on the lookout for a story, reaches out to Salander for help. She, as usual, has plans of her own. Together they are drawn into a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives--some willing to kill to protect their secrets.
Look for The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye featuring Lisbeth Salander, coming September 12th.
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 Fall of Man in Wilmslow. He worked with international soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his memoir, I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which was short-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and was nominated for the August Prize in Sweden.