Controversial new 'Stieg Larsson' book title and cover revealed
Lisbeth Salander returns in controversial Millennium Trilogy sequel, written by a little-known author and decried by Larsson's former partner as 'a load of c--- about money'
The cover and title for a novel that continues the deceased author Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium Trilogy has been unveiled.
The Girl in the Spider's Web, written by David Lagercrantz, will see the return of Larsson's characters, computer genius Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomqvist.
Lagercrantz, a former crime journalist, is best known in the UK for a ghostwritten autiobiography of the Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimović.
The new sequel will be released on August 27, with no review copies beforehand.
Stieg Larsson's father and brother, Erland and Joakim Larsson, said in a statement, “By letting David Lagercrantz write his own Millennium novel we keep alive the characters and the universe Stieg Larsson created.”
Larsson died suddenly in 2004 before his books were published, and without leaving a will. There has been a longstanding argument over managing Larsson's literary work and estate, which went to Erland and Joakim as Larsson and Eva Gabrielsson, his partner of 32 years, never married.
Gabrielsson told the news agency AFP, "They say heroes are supposed to live forever. That's a load of c--p, this is about money.
"It's about a publishing house that needs money, (and) a writer who doesn't have anything to write so he copies someone else."
She said that she no longer had the unfinished draft that Larsson had written for his fourth book, and added that Larsson would have been "furious" at the decision to continue the series: "Who knows, maybe he’ll send a lightning bolt at the book launch."
The Millennium Trilogy, which has sold over 75 million copies worldwide, was made into a successful film series in Sweden in 2009.
An American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was released in 2011, starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig as Salander and Blomqvist.