The Girl in the Spider's Web

The Girl in the Spider's Web : A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series

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Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return She is the girl with the dragon tattoo--a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution. Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker--a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . . The duo who captivated millions of readers in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest join forces again in this adrenaline-charged, uniquely of-the-moment thriller.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 607 pages
  • 155.7 x 234.95 x 31.75mm | 625.95g
  • Random House Large Print Publishing
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0147520762
  • 9780147520760
  • 445,654

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Salander and Blomkvist have survived the authorship transition intact and are just as compelling as ever . . . Fans of Stieg Larsson s captivating odd couple of modern detective fiction will not be disappointed. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Rest easy, Lisbeth Salander fans our punk hacker heroine is in good hands . . . A twisty, bloody thrill ride . . . seamlessly woven together by Lagercrantz in fact, if you hadn t seen his name on the book jacket, you d likely assume it was Larsson s own handiwork . . . An instant page-turner. USA Today (4 out of 4 stars)

Without ever becoming pastiche, the book is a respectful and affectionate homage to the originals . . . Lagercrantz s continuation, while never formulaic, is a cleaner and tighter read than the originals. Guardian
Lagercrantz has more than met the challenge. Larsson s brainchildren are in good hands and may have even come up a bit in the world. Wall Street Journal

What of Lisbeth Salander? Given that Lagercrantz knows she s what readers want, her long and suspenseful introduction is masterful. Lee Child, New York Times Book Review (cover)
A worthy, crowd-pleasing fourth installment . . . Lagercrantz, his prose more assured than Larsson s, keeps Salander s fiery rage at the white-hot level her fans will want. Publishers Weekly (starred)
Lagercrantz does an excellent job . . . Anyone craving more Salander bad-assery should get their hands on a copy of Spider s Web faster than Lisbeth can hack into the NSA. People
Lagercrantz s real achievement here is the subtle development of Lisbeth s character; he allows us access to her complex, alienated world but is careful not to remove her mystery and unknowability. Lisbeth Salander remains, in Lagercrantz s hands, the most enigmatic and fascinating anti-heroine in fiction. Financial Times
Lagercrantz deftly blends the spirit of Larsson s work and characters with his own literary skills and bright imagination. Spider s Web is an intelligent novel that has Salander entangled in one of the most contentious issues of our times . . . Riveting . . . Pyrotechnic. Chicago Tribune
A thrilling next installment . . . In spinning a complex and intriguing new chapter in the adventures of Blomkvist and Salander, Lagercrantz has written a worthy successor to one of the more uniquely compelling thriller sagas of his generation . . . An engrossing novel. Paste
Action-packed and thoroughly enjoyable . . . [A] finely-wrought thriller . . . I will eagerly devour the next adventure for Salander and Blomkvist, especially now that we know their fate lies in the hands of a writer worthy of their story. The Daily Beast
Lagercrantz stays true to Larsson s vision . . . No doubt about it, Lagercrantz has done a skillful job. Sydney Morning Herald

[A] smart, action-packed thriller that is true to the spirit of the characters Larsson created while adding interesting new ones and updating the political backdrop that made the Millennium series so compelling. Buffalo News

Fans of the original trilogy will be pleased with Lagercrantz s new installment. The novel is a smart, propulsive thriller and espionage tale with a timely digital age plot (think Snowden and Wikileaks). Hollywood Reporter

Passion and fire, check: there are plenty of both here . . . Fast-moving, credible, and intelligently told. Larsson fans won t be disappointed. Kirkus Reviews
Lagercrantz pulls it off . . . One devours Larsson s books for the plots, the action, the anger, and most of all for Lisbeth Salander, a character who resembles Sherlock Holmes or James Bond . . . Lagercrantz has caught her superbly. Daily Telegraph(UK)
David Lagercrantz was set an almost impossible task by Stieg Larsson s estate when they asked him to write a continuation novel featuring Lisbeth Salander. He has carried it out with intelligence and vigour.The Girl in the Spider s Webconveys the essence and atmosphere of Larsson s Millennium novels. He has captured the spirit of their characters and devised inventive plots. The Times(UK)
Fans of the original trilogy need not fear . . . The novel is well-researched and more intelligent than the average thriller. The Independent (UK)

Lagercrantz makes sensible decisions in this fourth volume . . . . Blomkvist is given a cleverly and very contemporary storyline . . . A worthwhile read for anyone who s zipped through the trilogy and finished wanting more. Daily Express(UK)

Sometimes you almost forget that the spine of the book says David Lagercrantz and not Stieg Larsson . . . There is definitely the same narrative zest and love of intrigue, and also the impressive research . . . Lagercrantz has written a thriller that is captivating in its own right. Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)

A real page turner. Boras Tidning (Sweden)

Lagercrantz has studied the first three parts of the series well, and the reader will recognize not only their Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander and the social criticism, but also other essential parts of the story s DNA . . . David Lagercrantz has proven that he deserves both attention and respect. Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)
An excellent thriller . . . elegantly constructed. Stern(Germany)
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About David Lagercrantz

DAVID LAGERCRANTZ is an acclaimed Swedish journalist and author. He has worked as a crime reporter for Expressen, and has written several novels, including the forthcoming Fall of Man in Wilmslow. He worked with international soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his memoir, I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which was short-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and was nominated for the August Prize in Sweden. From the Hardcover edition.
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90,244 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 22% (19,950)
4 41% (37,103)
3 28% (25,064)
2 7% (6,138)
1 2% (1,989)
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