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The Girl who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz @maclehosepress @QuercusBooks #thegirlwholivedtwice #lisbethsalander #davidlagercrantz

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Maclehose Press August 22nd 2019 (Hardback)

Book Description

THE SIXTH IN THE DRAGON TATTOO SERIES

The girl with the dragon tattoo is finally ready to confront her nemesis, the only woman who is evidently and in many ways her match.  Salander will not wait to be hunted.  When she strikes it will be a double blow: vengeance for recent atrocities, and the settling of lifelong scores.

For months now Salander has been closing in on her target.  She has moved from Stockholm, her hair is newly styled, her piercings are gone.  She could pass for any other businesswoman.  But not all businesswomen have a Beretta Cheetak beneath their jacket.  They do not wield the lethal power of hacker’s genius.  They do not carry scars and tattoos to remind them that they have survived the unsurvivable.

The new episode in David Lagercrantz’s acclaimed, internationally bestselling continuation of Steig Larsson’s Dragon Tattoo series is a thrilling ride that scales the heights of Everest and plunges the depths of Russian troll factories.  It begins with the discovery of Mikael Blomvist’s number at Millenium magazine in the pocket of and unidentified homeless man who died with the name of a government minister on his lips.

Blomkvist, at extreme risk to himself, tracks down his old friend and will protect her as far as he can.  But he is powerless to crush her enemies on his own.

And for Lisbeth Salander, the personal is always political – and deadly.

My Thoughts

Firstly, huge, massive thanks to Quercus for sending me a beautiful proof copy of this global publication, I feel very lucky and privileged.  Thank you.

If you follow my blog you will know I am a fan of this stellar series, although not always the first to read them.  That has now changed, I started this book on publication day, August 22nd and finished it on the 25th, not bad eh?  At 350 pages of dense, Scandi Noir that should tell you something right!

The book description gives you all the information you need to know, Salander is back on a personal mission, Blomkvist is chasing a story, we have Russian Gangsters, lots of hackers, government officials and secret agents, the dream team of Salander and Blomkvist – working together to solve it all in their own unique and distant way and above all else survive.

Should you read this book? Yes absolutely but reading this series in order is a must so if you haven’t read them already there are 5 books before this one.  The plot is detailed and as with all of the books in this series, things aren’t clear from the outset, the reader has to trust the story ( and the author) and it always pays off.  There was a lot of detail in this book and there was the very odd moment when I felt slightly lost, however a tight conclusion wraps everything up cohesively and I finished the book feeling satisfied.

These books are written in the third person, you know the central characters, but there are lots of familiar cast members and some new characters.  The main characters are listed at the front but they are well defined and so I did not find the cast list necessary.  These stories have lots of threads and people come and go, the books are very well written but have always felt intricate, complex even and this one is no different.  That said as a series I think this is one of the best and that remains my view.  I believe this is the last book by David Lagercrantz and I wonder if it is the series end – it could be but not necessarily.

Another great book in this superb series.  A must for Salander fans and anyone looking for an amazing crime series.

I have reviewed The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye here and The Girl in the Spider’s Web here.

Thanks again to Quercus / Maclehose for sending me this proof copy.

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