Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

David Lagercrantz, who’s taken up Stieg Larson’s Millennium Series, is doing an admirable job. The familiar characters are back. There are interesting new ones. Lisbeth is in good fighting form. One does not get lost in the action. Now, finding my way around Stockholm did get a little dicey as soon as Lagercrantz got away from Gamla Stan. I’m sure it’s manageable if you want to take time away from the story to sort it all out. I did make some side trips with the famous jazz musician, Django. Same with hyperacusis. And mirror image twins. All are interesting facts to sort out and build into a story line.

However, what I really want to know is how did that nice Swedish family with the woodsy home at the edge of the forest, who rescued a main character from the freezing cold, ran him a hot bath, gave him dry clothes, could end up feeding him JANSSON’S TEMPTATION? [Page 320, hardback, near the bottom of the page.]

Surely someone had been to or knew about Bishop Hill, Illinois, USA and the Bishop Hill colony. Who was that person?

That’s a bigger mystery than the evil twin. And probably a good story in its own right.