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New Novel in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series

January 29, 2015

Well this comes as a very pleasant surprise. The Guardian is reporting that readers can expect the return of Lisbeth Salander in a fourth book of the Millennium series:

A sequel to late Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium crime trilogy will go on sale in at least 35 countries from August, the book’s publishers said on Tuesday.

That Which Does Not Kill was completed in November by David Lagercrantz, known for co-authoring Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography. He stands in for Larsson, who died of a heart attack in 2004 aged 50.

The book will continue the story of the troubled but resourceful heroine Lisbeth Salander first made famous in Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

But the author remained tight-lipped about the meaning of the title or what direction the action-packed political thriller – 500 pages long in Swedish – will take.

 “What I wanted to make use of in the book was the vast mythology that Stieg Larsson left behind, the world he created,” Lagercrantz told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, adding that he remained loyal to Larsson’s writing style which weaved criticism of social and political issues with criminal intrigue.

“Lisbeth Salander’s not just any superhero. She’s not only great because of her talents but also because of her context and background.”

At the time of his death Stieg Larsson reportedly had plans to write at least another seven novels.

I’d heard the rumours of a fourth manuscript, but I had no idea how close it was to publication. I’m looking forward to this one immensely. It raises a lot of questions. Will it revive the Swedish and American film franchises I wonder? Will Larsson’s former partner Eva Gabrielson receive a fair share of the royalties?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2015 1:18 pm

    Great to hear that a fourth book is soon to hit the streets. I too am a huge fan of Larsson and his kick ass heroine, Lisbeth. Let’s hope that “That Which Does Not Kill” as the adage goes, Makes It Stronger. Best from Los Angeles, Steve H.

    • January 29, 2015 1:38 pm

      Great to hear from you Steve. This one should be excellent as they’re working from Larsson’s story and outline. I expect the publicity will be huge over the coming months.

  2. Elizabeth permalink
    August 23, 2015 12:20 am

    When is this fourth novel coming out? I haven’t heard anything about it, and today is Aug. 22nd. I avidly read the first three, although I wasn’t a crime mystery reader. On Jan. 29, 2015 you wrote it would be out in August 2015. These books were outstanding.

    • August 23, 2015 7:00 am

      I haven’t heard anything in a while so they may have moved the publication date back. You can probably pre-order online. I was also a greta fan of the series and am looking forward to reading and blogging about the new novel.

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