If there’s one crime series that has become synonymous with Scandinavian crime fiction for American readers, it’s the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. Launched with the infamous THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, these books - and their leading lady, Lisbeth Salander - flung open the doors for Nordic Noir in the US. In the wake of Larsson’s passing, Swedish author David Lagercrantz has carried on writing Lisbeth’s story - and today (9/12), the newest series installment THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE releases in the US! It’s my absolute pleasure to share that I interviewed David Lagercrantz for The Big Thrill, the website of the International Thriller Writers Organization - and that interview is now live!
It’s a dream to be able to share this interview with you, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed preparing for it! On a personal note, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO was the first Scandinavian crime novel I ever read; it introduced me to the genre which has now become my passion as a reader and blogger. I'm beyond thrilled to be able to share this interview with you today! I will be sharing my full review of THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE later this week, but for now, this blog post will give you a plot summary for the book, a couple quick bullet points of what I loved about this read, and a direct link to my interview with David Lagercrantz!
Plot Summary & Quick Review:
"First you find out the truth. Then you take revenge."
Plot Summary: Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others—even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally, fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking, investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her—not the Islamists she enrages by rescuing a young woman from their brutality; not the prison gang leader who passes a death sentence on her; not the deadly reach of her long-lost twin sister, Camilla; and not the people who will do anything to keep buried knowledge of a sinister pseudoscientific experiment known only as The Registry. Once again, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, together, are the fierce heart of a thrilling full-tilt novel that takes on some of the most insidious problems facing the world at this very moment.
Quick Review: THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE
I’ll be sharing my full thoughts on THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE later this week—but for now, here are a few quick highlights from my experience reading this book!
- Deep-dive into Lisbeth’s Backstory: this book gives readers an unprecedented dive into the secrets of Lisbeth’s childhood, which I absolutely loved.
- Revenge Stories: a common theme running throughout this book is revenge. This takes many forms, but I loved each exploration and iteration of it.
- Justice Seeking: Lisbeth has always been such a justice-driven character, motivated to fight for the underdog, and I was so glad to see that Lagercrantz keeps this theme alive in his newest series installment.
- Twins. I mean, does this really need more explanation? Okay, it does -- but you’ll have to wait until my full review to find out what exactly this means!
Many thanks to the team at Knopf and The Thrill Begins for the opportunity to interview David Lagercrantz! I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher; all opinions my own.