Vengeance, Salander-Style

“The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye” is a novel by David Lagercrantz and continues the series started by the late Stieg Larsson which featured the Swedish hacker and vigilante Lisbeth Salander.

Lisbeth is finally in prison for a few months after breaking a few laws for the side of the angels in the previous novel.  It does not take her long to run afoul of a gang leader who has been bullying a Bangladeshi prisoner.  Investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist is on hand to help, especially when one of the very few people Salander respects and trusts is murdered.  There is also another clue to Salander’s past that is uncovered involving immoral experiments conducted on twins.

It’s fun to know that Salander can continue after her creator’s demise in some fashion, however this installment is not as engaging as I hoped.  It could be that Salander spends much of this tale somewhat immobilized.  The novel wasn’t really a failure, but there were not that many shocking revelations.  It is heartening to know that Lagercrantz will bump off a few of the characters created by Larsson in order to move Salander’s story forward.

The climax provides a bit of a payoff, however I do not find this to be one of the stronger additions to the series.

Another killer is lurking in early 19th century London, and Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, has another troubling murder to solve in “Why Kill the Innocent” by C.S. Harris.

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