The Girl in the Spider’s Web”

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9780385354288_p0_v5_s118x184After the posthumous publication of the wildly successful Millennium series by Steig Larsson, rumors circulated that he had completed a fourth book before his death.  Those rumors proved to be false and with their demise hopes of the continuation of this series seemed to come to an end.

Then publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced that there would be a fourth book in the series to be authored by another Swedish writer and journalist.  David Lagercrantz has authored “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” which continues the story of Lisbeth Salander and the crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist.

The first three books unraveled the complicated story of Salander and her relationship with Blomkvist.  They were filled with murders, abuses by police and health authorities, and financial corruption on a grand scale.  In the third book of the series, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” all the plot lines seemed to have been resolved.

The question then is what can this new book with a new writer contribute to this legacy.  Lagercrantz faced a writing challenge.  Using the same characters, with a few additions, the author links Salander’s quest to destroy the evil world that her father created to the world of computer hacking.  The first two-thirds of the book are filled with a complicated plot involving spies, cybercriminals and the murder of a genius in the computer world.  It is only in the last third of the book that the author is able to recreate the excitement and danger that the Millennium Trilogy offered.

David Lagercrantz will undoubtedly write another book in this series.  Hopefully, after this first attempt, he can pick up the momentum and excitement and create another novel worthy of this interesting cast of characters.

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