Friday, October 9, 2015


When a beloved author of a popular series dies, can a new writer simply step in and take over? In the past other authors wrote for Raymond Chandler, Robert Ludlum and Dorothy L. Sayers, but not to universal acclaim. 

Swedish writer Steig Larsson is one of those authors whose characters continue although he has passed, and the truth of his replacement may be more complicated than Larsson’s fiction, the Millennium series. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet’s Nest were published in 50 countries and sold more than 80 million copies. Larsson’s work can be found in print, Spanish translation, CD and DVD at the Monrovia Public Library.

When Larsson unexpectedly died at the age of 50 he and his companion of more than 30 years were not married and she did not have fiduciary interest in his estate. To make matters more provocative, Larsson’s money and literary legacy were inherited by his father and brother, with whom he had little contact. It is the two of them who decided to continue the Millennium series with a new writer. That writer is Swedish reporter and author David Lagercrantz.
Lagercrantz’s new book, The Girl in the Spider Web, continues the story of the punk and tattooed investigator Lisbeth Salander and crusading journalist Michael Blomkvist who share a complicated history and a commitment to justice. Like the original, the plot of this story is very complex and includes many characters, but now revolves around computer hacking, national security and an autistic boy who does not speak. In the book Salander finds new reason to avenge her past and Blomkvist is able to expose wrongdoers. Reviews for The Girl in the Spider Web have been mixed and readers are invited to see if this new title meets their high expectations.

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