Lisbeth Salander serves a shorter sentence at the women’s prison Flodberga and does whatever she can to avoid any conflict between inmates. When Lisbeth protects a young woman from Bangladesh in the neighbouring cell, she is immediately challenged by Benito, the unofficial prison leader.
Holger Palmgren visits Lisbeth telling her that he has received documents shedding new light upon the authorities’ abuse of her as a child. Lisbeth asks Mikael Blomkvist to help her with some research. The traces lead them towards a certain Leo Mannheimer, partner at stockbroker Alfred Ögren’s. How is the background of a wealthy young man from financial circles connected with Lisbeth Salander’s? And how will Lisbeth handle the escalating threats from Benito and her gang?
In The Man Who Hunted His Shadow, the fifth installment in the Millennium series, David Lagercrantz has interwoven a thrilling story about authority abuse, honour-based problems and about shadows from Lisbeth’s childhood still haunting her.
The Man Who Hunted His Shadow will be published September 7, 2017, simultaneously in 26 countries.
Two Q&A’s with the author:
David Lagercrantz, how did the attention around The Girl in the Spider’s Web affect you?
“I couldn’t have imagined what effect the news about an upcoming fourth novel in the Millennium series would have. I thought people would shrug their shoulders and go on with their lives, instead Swedish and international media went half-crazy and the whole thing just escalated. Sure, I fantasized that the novel would become a success; I am after all a hopeless dreamer. When I struggle the most, I dream of triumphs, and most often I am disappointed. This time however I was amazed by the response.”
How do you find the motivation to write yet another book in the series?
“Stieg Larsson created a fantastic universe that I feel continuously inspired by. During a holiday trip with my family an idea struck me and arose the same fever that I lived with when I wrote The Girl in the Spider’s Web. It is not so good for my sleep and my neurosis, but it is definitively good for my writing.”