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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye


            Continuing with the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, author David Lagercrantz resumes the adventures of Lisbeth Salander, a computer genius/hacker extraordinaire and her quest to right the wrongs of her world and those of the world at large. All of the novels are set in modern day Sweden, flavored by the Swedish culture and featuring its government officials, police, and criminals as story characters.

             In this novel, as in the earlier ones, Salander works with Mikael Blomkvist, editor of the investigative journal Millennium. Although the reclusive Lisbeth was abused and victimized during her childhood and adolescence, she is beginning to adapt to a more psychologically balanced life, thanks in no small part to Mikael’s efforts. Now Lisbeth has discovered that the experimental twin study that tainted the life of her and her birth family also claimed other victims; among them a pair of mirror image identical twins who are unaware of each other’s existence. The suspense builds: these twins discover one another, Lisbeth’s life is threatened by a master criminal, a Muslim woman finds her radical brothers and father ready to kill her, and much more. Although some of the story is somewhat improbable, its rapid pace keeps the reader engrossed.