Author Stieg Larsson died before he could see his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series become a worldwide publishing phenomenon. The Lisbeth Salander novels, also known as the Millennium trilogy, became bestsellers in multiple languages and were adapted into films in Sweden and the U.S., but Larsson’s untimely death meant the fourth installment was never finished. Now, his publishers have hired a new author to continue the series.
The fourth Lisbeth Salander book has always been somewhat controversial among Larsson’s readers. The manuscript was never completed, and remained on a laptop inherited by Larsson’s partner of 30 years, Eva Gabrielsson. While the publishing rights belong to Larsson’s blood relatives, Gabrielsson did not want to hand over the laptop or see her partner’s work be published in an unfinished state.
This year, a fourth Lisbeth Salander novel will be released by Larsson’s Swedish publisher Norstedts. However, it looks like it won’t be related to that unfinished manuscript on Larsson’s old laptop. Instead, That Which Does Not Kill was written by David Lagercrantz, who previously co-authored the autobiography of Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Essentially, he was hired to write an official work of Millennium trilogy fanfiction, which is inspiring mixed reactions among fans of the original novels.
BUT I'M WORRIED.
WHAT IF IT DOESN'T MATCH UP TO STIEG LARSSON'S WORK.
— shannon (@ofelysianpeace) January 29, 2015