One of the rowdiest characters in recent fiction was the complex Lisbeth Salander, the troubled computer hacker who played antagonist to investigative journalist and Millennium magazine publisher Mikael Blomkvist in the late Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Series.”
Now she’s staging a comeback in Swedish writer David Lagercrantz’s sequel, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” due to hit bookstores Aug. 27. The new project was sanctioned by Larsson’s estate, though it did not have the full approval of his vocal former partner, Eva Gabrielsson.
Some context: The “Millennium Series” by journalist Larsson was among the biggest literary events of the last decade. The trilogy of thrillers was published posthumously after the author’s death in 2004. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (2005), “The Girl Who Played With Fire” (2006) and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” (2007) were immediate (and controversial) international best-sellers, moving a combined 80 million copies globally.
The “girl” referred to in the titles is Salander, played by Rooney Mara in the 2011 film “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” Playing Blomkvist was Daniel “James Bond” Craig.
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Until now, the details surrounding “Spider’s Web” have been kept highly secret. However, according to a spokesperson with MacLehose Press, the story reunites Salander and Blomkvist when a “renowned Swedish scientist” approaches Blomkvist to publish an explosive exposé.
Turns out that Salander has been working with the professor, and has been trying to hack into the National Security Agency, “a lunacy driven by vengeance and fraught with every possible consequence,” the spokesperson said. She has also become the target of “ruthless cyber gangsters who call themselves the Spiders.”
More: “The violent unscrupulousness of this criminal conspiracy will very soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm, to the Millennium magazine team, and to Blomkvist and Salander themselves.”
We can hardly wait.