Spider's Web plot details released ahead of Stig Larsson follow-up
Details have been scant thus far in relation to the plot of Spider's Web, David Lagercrantz's continuation of Stig Larsson's Millennium novels.
However, some plot details have finally been released ahead of the novel's release on August 27.
The book continues from the late Larsson's novels - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest - picking up where the latter left off in 2009.
It sees hacker Lisbeth Salander targeting the US National Security Agency.
Publisher MacLehose Press has revealed that Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist "have not been in touch for some time" and the book kicks off with "renowned Swedish scientist Professor Balder" asking Blomkvist to run his story about artificial intelligence.
The professor and hacker unite as Salander comes under attack by cyber gangsters knows as Spiders, who will "very soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm, to the Millenium team - and to Blomkvist and Salander themselves".
Lagercrantz has had a difficult challenge in continuing Larsson's work. However, he said he stayed true to the late author's style and delved into the mythology created by Larsson, who had planned on writing at least seven more novels before his death from a heart attack in 2004.
Lagercrantz wrote Spider's Web on a computer which did not have internet access and once the manuscript was finished he delivered it to Swedish publisher Norstedts by hand.