Controversy surrounds new Millennium thriller, The Girl in the Spider’s Web

With secret codes and locked-down communications, Swedish publisher Norstedts has kept the plot of the sequel to the best-­selling Millennium crime trilogy, which was released on Thursday, shrouded in secrecy.The mystery is fitting for the sci-fi spy intrigue The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the eagerly awaited dark thriller written 11 years after the death of the series’ creator, Stieg Larsson.Prior to publication, very few people had read the 500-page tome – just translators and editors – that continues the story of tattooed computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist.And Norstedts gave fans only a small sneak preview.“One night professor Frans Balder, a leading authority within AI [artificial intelligence] research, calls up Blomkvist,” Norstedts published on its website.“Balder says he has world-­shattering information on US intelligence services. He has…


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