4th Novel Coming in Dragon Tattoo Series
Publisher picks new author to take over for the late Stieg Larsson
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2013 11:47 AM CST
In this film image released by Sony Pictures, Rooney Mara is shown in a scene from "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."   (AP Photo/Sony, Columbia Pictures, Merrick Morton)

(Newser) – For better or worse, the fourth novel in the blockbuster series launched by The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will be out in 2015, reports the Bookseller. With original author Stieg Larsson dead, publisher Norstedts Förlag has chosen Swedish writer David Lagercrantz to pick up the tale of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. Larsson had originally intended the series, officially called the Millennium series, to span 10 novels, but he died of a heart attack in 2004—before his books were even published in the US.

The announcement comes amid a tangled legal fight involving Larsson's partner of 30 years, Eva Gabrielsson, and Larsson's brother and father, notes the LA Times. Because Larsson left no will and wasn't married to Gabrielsson, his estate went to his father and brother. Gabrielsson has previously said she still has the laptop that contains about half of Larsson's own work on the fourth book, reports the Daily Mail. Lagercrantz, however, will be starting from scratch.

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Dec 19, 2013 8:13 AM CST
The sad sage of Larsson's family and his long time GF Gabrielsson is a story of stupid and greed. Stieg and Eva lived together for years. Another in a long list of people who say, "We don't need no stinkin' piece of paper to prove our love." Well, that is true if you live in a trailer outside Butte MT, but if you are on the verge of becoming billionaires you better get yourself a stinkin' piece of paper. If not a marriage license then at least a will, a trust, or some sort of legal document. Stieg, a chain smoker addicted to Big Macs, keels over dead just as the first book goes into production. Under Swedish law Eva is entitled to nothing. Enter Stieg's father and brother. Now we go from stupid to greed. For a lousy million dollars - or kroner - or euros - or whatever - Stieg's family could probably have bought Eva out in the early days and made nice. Eva wanted the rights to the early writing of Stieg that were about politics and had little commercial value. Nope! Instead they attempted to throw her out of her apartment that she owned jointly with Stieg! Eventually they relented and gifted her Stieg's half of the place when the story came out in the news. Now if it is true that Eva has an unfinished copy of book 4, the Larsson family will have to pay dearly for it because now it is personal AND the first 3 were runaway best sellers. (Best in the world for a time.) BUT, even if Eva does not have any book 4 material, it is clear that she collaborated on the first three books, and her assistance could be invaluable to the writing of any additional books. Greedy, greedy greedy. Shame on the Larsson family!
Dec 18, 2013 6:45 PM CST
Fantastic! The court scenes in Hornet's Nest showed what a twisted world the main character (Lisbeth) was forced to live in. Hopefully, the next book will give more of an insight with relationship between Lisbeth and Mikael Blomkvist. Rooney Mara is just as good as Noomi Repace. Mara was excellent in the drama "Side Effects," with Jude law and Catherine Zete-Jones.
Dec 18, 2013 1:41 PM CST
She got nothing? How long were they together? Did they live together as a couple? That doesn't sound fair at all.