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Friday, 15 April 2016

David Lagercrantz – The Girl in the Spiders Web

Review by showhost
I was looking forward to this book as I loved the Stieg Larsson trilogy but for us Stieg connoisseurs we knew straight away that the dialogue wasn’t up to the masters standard.  I agree with others who said it was slow and laborious to begin with.  I was past 150 pages and still not enthralled but the last third of the book really picked up my interest and the pace.  Politics, industrial espionage, cyber theft & murder.
Mikael Blomkvist, investigative journalist, is struggling and his beloved Millenium magazine is facing a takeover bid.  August, an autistic child is living with his mother and her partner.  His biological father, Frans, is an eminent computer scientist  who has just invented a formula for AI.  Frans is worried that his life may be in danger as the formulae is one that industrial companies would kill for.  He calls Blomkvist in the middle of the night as he needs to impart his knowledge to someone he can trust, he wants Millenium to publish it.  Just as Blomkvist turns up Frans is murdered whilst his boy is staying with him.  The boy is spared due to his muteness and assumed lack of awareness.  The boy is put in an institution but when his skills (mathematical genius with a photographic memory for detail and an artistic skill too) enable him to start to draw a photographic reproduction of the crime scene his life is threatened.  His whereabouts become known through a leak of security in the police force his life is endangered and Lisbet Salander becomes his protector.  Who is the mole?
I love the character of Lisbeth Salander and was so glad when she finally fully emerged in this novel.  What did it lack – I can’t quite put my finger on it?  Maybe too much trivial inconsequential dialogue with no depth at the beginning, Salander becoming a little bit of a superhero maybe?  Yes it mentioned some of what went on before (in the trilogys) but I was glad to have my memory jogged as it had been a few years since reading the series.
If the author can carry on from where he left off and not from the beginning then he will be on a winning streak.

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