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

(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.

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)
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