Lisbeth Salander is back!
Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist have not been in touch for some time.
Then Blomkvist is contacted by renowned Swedish scientist Professir 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 snowboound streets of Stockholm, to the Millennium team, and to Blomkvist and Salander themselves.
Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series were published posthumously and sold 80 million copies to date. They introduced the world to Lisbeth Salander. What a character! A ghoulish punk, a narcissist with a moral compass that points north (mercy to those that has theirs pointing south) and a brain that goes in a hundred directions at one time. She has no qualms about calling you out for being a keyboard racist and would stick a knife in you and twist it into infinity for hurting an innocent. She is hard as nails. God, I miss her so much…
I was apprehensive about picking up this book. Who wouldn’t? The three books by Stieg Larsson are the stuff of legends and one does not mess with a legend. David Lagercrantz (with only one fiction novel to his credit) has pulled off the world’s greatest magic act. While reading this continuation of the Millennium series, I didn’t know when Larsson’s distinctive bombastic prose ended and Lagercrantz’s began. Like Larsson, Lagercrantz’s prose is marked by a serious case of verbosity. But mind you, I will take this type of verbose any time, especially when the setup and characters are so compelling.
I devoured the tome in less than a week and it would have been sooner if the book was less thicker and I could bring it out with me during my daily travels. It has a relentless pace, a gripping intensity and a plot that is complicatedly compelling. I took less than 3 pages to get my entire being back into the evil world of Millennium, populated with the most narcissistic of villainy that almost veered into melodrama. I read the book furiously, willing the first meeting of Lisbeth and her counterpoint Blomkvist to be ferocious and memorable, and when it finally came… Oh my goodness… I had to hold a tear back and stop my lips from quivering.
Lisbeth is back!