Out today in hardback, The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye is the fifth instalment in the Millenium series and the second to be written by David Lagercrantz, which controversially extends the original trilogy by Stieg Larsson. But there is at least one more instalment yet to come.
In the new book, Lisbeth Salander is sentenced to Flodberga women’s prison for negligent manslaughter while saving a young boy’s life, but refuses to say anything in her defence. She has more important things on her mind: the buried secrets of her traumatic childhood, that might finally, fully explain her to herself.
Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit her every week, and is given a lead that could provide an important exposé for Millennium. Salander tells him to check out a seemingly reputable stockbroker from Stockholm who is somehow connected to the death of a child psychologist, and to the psychiatric unit where Salander was a patient as a child.
Salander knows she is coming closer to solving the mysteries of her early life, and even within the confines of the prison, she feels the deadly influence exerted by her twin sister. She cannot stand by as racial and religious conflicts run unchecked amongst the community around her, manipulated by criminal forces far beyond the prison walls.
David Lagercrantz has revealed to Nöjesguiden that this does not mark the end of the Millenium series. However, whilst he has already started writing the next instalment, he will then take a break from the franchise to write something new:
“I can safely say that my next book will be something different. I need that for myself. But I’m not closing the door on it… But I would be very sorry for myself if I just carried on. Because I mature as a writer when I throw myself into something new on unsafe ground.”
The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye is published in hardback worldwide today.