Steig Larsson’s Millennium series will get a fourth book this August. Though Larsson, author of the first three books in the popular mystery/thriller series (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest), passed away more than a decade ago, the series will live on through the pen of Swedish writer David Lagercrantz.
The English title of the new book is The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and details are being kept tightly under wraps. It’s plot and style will be on par with the first three novels the series’ UK publisher told the Guardian, saying: “The reader of this fourth book will know exactly where they are… Lagercrantz is very, very clever.” The book is already fully written and is in the process of being translated into English and 37 other languages. The novel will be published worldwide on August 27.
Left: U.S. cover (Knopf); Right: U.K. Cover (The Guardian)
Larsson died of a heart attack at age 50 before finishing the Millennium series, leaving the future of his work in something of a legal quandary. Larsson never married his partner Eva Gabrielsson out of fear that she might be targeted by groups that he investigated as a journalist. His death left her with unfinished material, but no legal right to the series. Gabrielsson did not give her blessing to the new book, but Larsson’s brother and father want to keep the characters and series alive.