The girl is back. See what happens next.
In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.
From the Hardcover edition.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It feels right to read about feminist antihero Lisbeth Salander during such a tumultuous time: Chaos is catnip to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Here, the world-class hacker tackles some extremely dangerous family secrets while also investigating a case involving Russian organized crime and government cyberspying alongside her accomplice, journalist Mikael Blomkvist. New series author David Lagercrantz makes his protagonists feel a bit more relatable without losing the pointed, aggressive tone of the late Stieg Larsson’s novels. Salander—played in this book’s film adaptation by The Crown’s Claire Foy—weathers the change with her fierceness intact.
Lagercrantz's worthy, crowd-pleasing fourth installment in the late Stieg Larsson's Millennium saga opens in Sweden, where some intellectual property developed by artificial intelligence genius Frans Balder has been stolen by a video game company with ties to Russian mobsters. Crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who's casting about for a new investigative project, is about to meet with Balder when an intruder kills the scientist and puts Balder's autistic eight-year-old son in danger. Meanwhile in the U.S., the National Security Agency is hacked, and its chief of security, Edwin Needham, vows revenge. Lisbeth Salander plays a central role in both plot lines, and the pleasure resides in watching Lagercrantz (Fall of Man in Wilmslow) corral an enormous cast of characters into an intricate story revolving around the larger-than-life hacker and her desire to right wrongs, including corporate espionage, a government spying on its own citizens, and violence against the defenseless. Two new characters make strong impressions: Jan Bublanski, a Stockholm detective with a humanistic bent, and Camilla Salander, Lisbeth's twin, who sets the stage for further Millennium novels. Lagercrantz, his prose more assured than Larsson's, keeps Salander's fiery rage at the white-hot level her fans will want.
Stop hating, guys! The book's great!
I don't care what grave injustices Eva Gabrielsson may claim. Frankly, she doesn't seem like a very trustworthy character, and she hasn't done anything to prove otherwise. Bottomline, we all read books for the enjoyment we derive from them. If it turns out to be a well-written book, as prejudiced as you all are against it, you are the ones who would bombast it all over the web. Right now, before the book has been released, no argument should matter.
And so it did turn out to be good. All the opposition this books been facing has come to naught. David Lagercrantz delivers in the end, and Ms. Gabrielsson was done in by her 'hear no evil' attitude.
It actually does not feel like some other writer has written the book, except that the violence has been toned down a little. Initially the plot started with a farfetched concept, though Stieg Larsson has never been known for being realistic in the Millennium series. To his credit, Lagercrantz never deviated from Steig Larsson's idea of his main characters. Lisbeth Salander's vocabulary (and that of a few others as well) seems to have deteriorated as compared to the other books in the series, but I think it's more George Goulding's fault than Lagercrantz's. All-in-all, I feel that Lagercrantz has done a wonderful job, considering he is known primarily as biographer than anything else. I am pretty sure that with this book, he'll beat his own record of selling the highest number of copies of a book in Sweden.
After reading "There Are Things I Want You to Know' about Stieg Larsson and Me" by Stieg Larsson's life long companion Eva Gabrielsson I will never purchase anything the Larsson estate produces. I would however, be the first in line to purchase a completed version of the fourth book by Eva Gabrielsson. This book has to be a complete fabrication because the Larsson estate has never seen the true manuscript that Stieg Larsson nearly completed.
This follow up to Larsson's trilogy is a worthy continuation of Lisbeth Salander's story. It is intriguing and exciting.