The Girl in the Spider's Web

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MacLehose Press, 2015 - Fiction - 431 pages
The girl with the dragon tattoo is back: Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in a continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series. Written by Swedish novelist and journalist David Lagercrantz, this much anticipated continuation to one of the best-loved crime series of the last decade will be published in Sweden as Det som inte dodar oss (What Doesn't Kill You). David Lagercrantz Ever since his ghost-written autobiography of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, I Am Zlatan, became a runaway bestseller in more than 20 countries and won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, David Lagercrantz has had a steady stream of book offers. But none of them excited him until he was approached to write the continuation of the Millennium Trilogy. This was a commission he could not resist. His work on the fourth book in the series has been rigorously secretive, writing on a computer with no internet connection, delivering the manuscript to his publishers by hand. He is very aware - and protective - of Stieg Larsson's legacy. He says: 'Stieg Larsson was a master at creating complex stories with a lot of different plotlines and that was something I was determined to live up to ... [His writing style] is down to earth and unaffected. But there is a kind of journalistic authoritativeness about his work. I realised early on how idiotic it would be for me just to imitate him. This is my own prose.' Stieg's father and brother explained the decision to allow a new book to be written, 'to keep alive the characters and the world that Stieg Larsson created. We see it as a way of offering his many readers the continuation they have been longing for. We chose David Lagercrantz because we think he is highly suited to the task. David is a skilled writer who has portrayed odd characters and complex geniuses throughout his career. He will be doing it his own way.' Joakim and Erland Larsson.

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User Review  - ZelmerWilson - LibraryThing

I liked it. The only complaint I have about it is a small one. In the girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisbeth's dragon tattoo is on her shoulder. It doesn't cover her entire back, like it does in this one. Read full review

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User Review  - asxz - LibraryThing

Perfectly entertaining page turner that respectfully attempts to capture the tone of the original series. Blomkvist is still too clever to be believable and Salander is in full superhero mode here but a romp's a romp. Fun. Read full review

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About the author (2015)

David Lagercrantz was born on September 4, 1962 in Solna Municipality, Sweden. He was a crime reporter for Expressen, a national daily paper, where he covered some major crime stories including an infamous triple murder in the cemetery in the northern Swedish town of Amsele in 1988. His first book, Ultimate High, was published in 1997. His other works include A Swedish Genius, The Sky over Everest, Fall of Man in Wilmslow, and I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic. A Swedish Genius provided inspiration for the critically acclaimed documentary film Patent 986. In 2013, Lagercrantz was selected to write a new instalment in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series. The Girl in the Spider's Web was published in 2015. It was followed by The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, published in 2017.

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