The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz

Out today in hardback in the UK is the latest continuation novel featuring Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo from Stieg Larsson’s novels.

This is the third of three “Girl” novels by David Lagercrantz. I have to admit that while I knew of them I had little interest in reading them. That was until I got around to watching the movie based on The Girl in the Spider’s Web. I found it to be surprising entertaining and it prompted me to pick up the novel it was based on plus the follow up, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye.

Incidentally I believe the movie was a bit of a flop so it’s unlikely they’ll film the other ones, which is a pity. Plus Claire Foy was great as Lisbeth.

In any event book three is now out…

“What are you going to do now?”
“I will be the hunter and not the hunted.”

Lisbeth Salander’s mentor and protector Holger Palmgren is dead, and she has been gone from Stockholm since his funeral. All summer, Mikael Blomkvist has been plagued by the fear that Salander’s enemies will come after her.

He should, perhaps, be more concerned for himself.

In the pocket of an unidentified homeless man, who died with the name of a Swedish government minister on his lips, the police find a list of telephone numbers. Among them, the contact for Millennium magazine and the investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Following the scorched trail of her twin sister Camilla to Moscow, Salander nevertheless continues to watch over her old friend. Soon Blomkvist will need her help. But first, she has an old score to settle; and fresh outrage to avenge.

The next episode in David Lagercrantz’s acclaimed continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Dragon Tattoo series is a thrilling ride that scales the heights of Everest and plunges the depths of Russia’s criminal underworld. In a climax of shattering violence, Lisbeth Salander will face her nemesis.

For the girl with the dragon tattoo, the personal is always political – and ultimately Deadly.