Soon to be a major motion picture starring Claire Foy. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in this ripped-from-the-headlines, high-octane follow-up to Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
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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.
Shortlisted for Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year 2016.
Lagercrantz has constructed an elegant plot around different concepts of intelligence ... [his] continuation, while never formulaic, is a cleaner and tighter read than the originals ... Without ever becoming pastiche, the book is a respectful and affectionate homage to the originals. -- Mark Lawson Guardian. As I read Lagercrantz's The Girl in the Spider's Web, I found that I kept forgetting for several pages at a time that I wasn't reading genuine Larsson ... One devours Larsson's books for the plots, the action, the anger, and most of all for Lisbeth Salander ... Lagercrantz has caught her superbly, and expertly spun the sort of melodramatic yarn in which she can thrive. -- Jake Kerridge Daily Telegraph. Fans of Stieg Larsson's captivating odd couple of modern detective fiction - the genius punk hacker Lisbeth Salander and her sometime partner, the crusading investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist - will not be disappointed ... Salander and Blomkvist have survived the authorship transition intact and are just as compelling as ever. -- Michiko Kakutani New York Times. Elegantly paced, slickly executed, and properly thrilling. -- Alison Flood Observer First, the conclusion. David Lagercrantz has done well ...The Girl in the Spider's Web conveys the essence and atmosphere of Larsson's Millennium novels. He has captured the spirit of their characters and devised inventive plots, most of them suitably exaggerated ... On the evidence of Spider's Web, most Millennium fans will want to continue following their Lisbeth. -- Marcel Berlins The Times. Lagercrantz's real achievement here is the subtle development of Lisbeth's character; he allows us access to her complex, alienated world but is careful not to remove her mystery and unknowability. Lisbeth Salander remains, in Lagercrantz's hands, the most enigmatic and fascinating anti-heroine in fiction. -- Barry Forshaw Financial Times. Rest easy, Lisbeth Salander fans - our punk hacker heroine is in good hands ... Swedish crime novelist David Lagercrantz takes the reins with prowess, not only mimicking Larsson's shamelessly pulpy prose, but admirably expanding the deliciously depraved world of the novels. -- Patrick Ryan USA Today.
David Lagercrantz was born in 1962, and is an acclaimed author and journalist. In 2015 The Girl in the Spider's Web, his continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, became a worldwide bestseller, and it was announced that Lagercrantz would write two further novels in the series. He is also the author of the acclaimed and bestselling I am Zlatan Ibramhimovic, and Fall of Man in Wilmslow, a novel about Alan Turing.