The Girl in the Spider's Web : Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series, Hardback

The Girl in the Spider's Web : Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series Hardback

Part of the Millennium Series series

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO IS BACK WITH A UK NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist have not been in touch for some time. Then Blomkvist is contacted by renowned Swedish scientist Professor Balder.

Warned that his life is in danger, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story - and it is a terrifying one. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's world-leading advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters - and a violent criminal conspiracy that will very soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm, to the Millennium team, and to Blomkvist and Salander themselves.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780857059994



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David Lagercrantz's <i>The Girl in the Spider's Web</i> reads more like an attempt to write a <i>Millennium Trilogy</i> fan-fiction than a continuation of Steig Larsson's work. Fans of Larsson's trilogy will find all their favorite characters, but something of the tone and spirit of Larsson's writing is lacking in this continuation. It may be the (comparatively) happy ending or the lack of the mood that pervaded Larsson's books, but something is off.Lagercrantz, perhaps to link his book to Larsson, attempts to delve further into hacker Lisbeth Salander's past. While the second and third volumes of the <i>Millennium Trilogy</i> explored her troubled past and her father, Lagercrantz sets Salander against another family member: her estranged sister. Larsson never wrote much about the sister, but always hinted that she lived a normal life; Lagercrantz casts her as a Machiavellian criminal obsessed with destroying Lisbeth. Once again, <i>Millennium</i> magazine faces trouble and, similar to <i>The Girl Who Played with Fire</i>, another well-liked (though non-main cast) staff member dies during the investigation. Lagercrantz writes well-paced suspenseful sequences, but the basic plot feels too much like a rehash of previous events and he never reaches the compelling fervor of Larsson.Perhaps it's unfair to compare the two, but as a continuation of an earlier body of work, readers will find it nearly impossible not to draw comparisons. Those looking for a well-structured crime novel will be pleased, but fans of the original <i>Millennium Trilogy</i> will likely be disappointed. It's a pity Larsson's father and brother could not make a deal with his partner to publish the manuscript Larsson left behind for a fourth book.