Lisbeth Salander — She’s Baa-aack!

The launch featured all the intrigue, secrecy, paranoia and family infighting readers have come to expect from a Stieg Larsson novel – before a single page has even been turned. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the latest novel featuring punk hacker Lisbeth Salander, is being released just after midnight tonight, more than a decade after the man who created the outcast heroine died. Publishers have promised a dramatic new adventure for Salander, who will take on an updated enemy in the form of America’s spy agency, the National Security Agency, as well as familiar adversaries from the dark underbelly of Swedish society. Not everyone is happy to see Salander resurrected so long after a heart attack brought her creator’s own story to a tragic close. Larsson’s partner of more than three decades said the release smacks of greed, two close childhood friends called it “a grave robbery”, and journalists are fuming that they haven’t been given a chance to review the book. One who has reviewed it, Michiko Kakutani, of the New York Times, likes it — she really, really likes it.

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