‘Girl Who Lived Twice’ by David Lagercrantz
WHO: David Lagercrantz
WHAT: THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE,
a Lisbeth Salander novel
WHEN: Published by Knopf August 27, 2019
WHERE: The author lives in Stockholm.
WHY: “Salander is a force to be reckoned with and one of the most memorable series leads in the history of crime fiction.
“David Lagercrantz repeats the three-peat with his third Millennium novel starring Lisbeth Salander, following the original trio by the late Stieg Larsson. If this turns out to be, as Lagercrantz has suggested, the final installment in the series, it’s going out on a resounding tonic chord.
“There are two stories in play here, the first involving Stockholm investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist’s attempt to identify a homeless man, and the second, of course, featuring Salander, who is on the trail of her sworn enemy, twin sister Camilla.
“Lagercrantz delivers in high style. The final chapter in Salander’s ongoing quest to close the book on her malignant past, we learn, involves settling scores with Camilla, who is equally determined to rid the world of Salander, which Camilla plans to do by exploiting her sister’s fondness for Blomkvist. Bad move, Camilla.
“Alternately playing her laptop’s keyboard like a Stradivarius and gunning her motorcycle like Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, Salander is what she’s always been: a force to be reckoned with and one of the most memorable series leads in the history of crime fiction. Salander fans, who long ago put aside any misgivings about Lagercrantz taking over the Millennium series, will be eager to follow the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as she attempts to sweep clean her family closet.”
—Bill Ott, in a starred review for BOOKLIST
“Good bloody fun.
Lisbeth Salander is back for her sixth adventure,
and she’s got vengeance on her mind.” –KIRKUS REVIEWS
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FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK:
Salander was in a hotel room on Manezhnaya Square in Moscow, her eyes on her laptop, and she watched as Mikael Blomkvist emerged from the building entrance on Fiskargatan. He did not look his usual confident self, instead he seemed lost. She felt a pang of something she did not fully recognise, and did not feel minded to probe. She glanced up from her screen at the glass dome in the square outside, glittering with light of all colours.
The city which until recently had held no interest for her now beckoned, and it crossed her mind that she should just drop everything and go out on a binge. But that was idiotic, she had to remain disciplined. She had more or less been living at her laptop recently, sometimes she hardly slept. And yet she looked much neater than she had for a long time. She had had her hair cut short. Her piercings were gone and she was wearing a white shirt and her black suit, just as she had at the funeral, not actually to honour Holger, but because it had become habit and she wanted to blend in better.
She had resolved to strike first, not wait like some cornered prey, and that was why she now found herself in Moscow, and why she had arranged for cameras to be installed at Fiskargatan in Stockholm. But she was paying a higher price than expected. Not only because it brought back her past and kept her awake at night. It was also the fact that her enemies were hiding behind smokescreens and impossible encryptions, and she had to spend hours covering her tracks. She was living like a prisoner on the run. Nothing of what she was searching for came easily to her, and it was only now, after a month’s work, that she was nearing her objective. But it was hard to know for certain, and sometimes she wondered if the enemy was, in spite of everything, always one step ahead.
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Translated from the Swedish by George Goulding
347 pages. $27.95 ISBN 978-0-451-49434-4
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