Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The girl who takes an eye for an eye

The girl who takes an eye for an eye / David Lagercrantz, translated by George Goulding, 347 pgs.

Lisbeth Salander is always the focus of these books but in this one, other characters take the lead.  Still gathering information about why her childhood took such a turn, Lisbeth, Mikael Blomkvist and Holger Palmgren discover the sordid details of an experiment that lead to the separation of twins to observe their development. 

Maybe its because the thing I most like reading about Lisbeth kicking someone's ass that my favorite story line is the one with her serving time in prison and defending an abused Bangladeshi prisoner.  Lisbeth is not a fan of sitting by while the stong abuse the weak.  She still lives by the maxim, "First you find out the truth. Then you take revenge."  She takes revenge on Benito, a bullying psychopath devoid of the ability to care about others. 

Will Benito carry out her threats of retaliation?  Will Lisbeth find herself in a difficult situation? Will we wonder, even for a minute, if she can take care of business?  Meh, not really but still enjoyed the action and the revealing psychological experimentation by the government.

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