David Lagercrantz picks up with Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider's Web, the first novel to follow the late Stieg Larsson's successful trilogy. In this fourth installment, anti-social punk computer hacker Salander is drawn in to journalist Mikael Blomkvist's investigation of the murder of a leading expert in artificial intelligence which is also being looked into by the NSA. What could possibly go wrong?
I've written before that Larsson created a great character in Salander, someone who you both understand and are baffled by, someone you like and get annoyed by. The original trilogy provided the most wrenching plot twist I've come across in my reading in at least a decade.
Lagercrantz continues developing these characters while hardly missing a beat. One aspect of the originals not recreated here is the cringe-worthy description of violent acts. And one aspect added is a character development that I thought was a bit too convenient in the way it forecasts the fifth and later novels.
But right now I plan on reading Lagercrantz' next treatment of the girl with the dragon tattoo.
Lagercrantz' website is www.davidlagercrantz.se.
The website for the movie version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is here.
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