I am a big fan of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, featuring punk Hacker Lisbeth Salander and Investigative Journalist Mikael Blomqvist. Now there is a fourth novel in the bestselling Millennium series. Called The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Det som inte dödar oss in Swedish, or What Doesn’t Kill You), it has been written by Swedish author and journalist David Lagercrantz, (IAm Zlatan, Fall of Man in Wilmslow) and is being released 27 August 2015 and continues the exploits of Salander and Blomqvist.
The original creator of The Millenium Series, Stieg Larsson originally, “wrote down the shadowy outline of 10 books” in the Millennium series before he sadly died in 2004 at the age of fifty and Lagercrantz, who has been praised as a distinguished Novellist and an exceptional story-teller, has been given free rein to complete the story by Larsson’s estate. The novel is being published at the instigation of Larsson’s father Joakim and brother Erland, of the Larsson Estate, who have said that “by letting Lagercrantz write his own ‘Millennium’ novel we keep alive the characters and the universe Larsson created”. However not everyone is happy about the news, Eva Gabrielsson, The journalist’s partner of 32 years, has been outspoken about her opposition to the series’ continuation and slammed the idea of Lagercrantz’s follow-up novels.
The Girl in the Spiders Web continues the journey of Punk computer Hacker Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomqvist on From ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’, and ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’. The novels have also been adapted for film, first starring Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander and Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomqvist and later by David Fincher with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig as Salander and Blomqvist.