Salander returns: Girl In The Spider’s Web

Published: August 28, 2015

Salander returns: Girl In The Spider’s Web, Dead men do tell tales?. Stieg Larsson, author of the Millennium trilogy that includes airport favourite The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, died before any of his three books were published. And now he’s back again, sort of, his name on the cover of a fourth book, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, this one written by fellow Swede David Lagercrantz more than 10 years after Larsson died of a heart attack.

Published by Norstedts in Sweden, the book was released in Europe Thursday and will be in North American book stores on Sept. 1.

Larsson’s widow, Eva Gabrielsson, thinks the fourth book is nothing more than a money grab, but his father and brother, who control his vast estate, say the new book will bolster his legacy.

It raises the question, should fiction have life after death? And is the decision to resurrect a well-loved character or a familiar world more about the art or the money?

For Lagercrantz, continuing a series that has sold 80 million copies worldwide (including 2.5 million copies in Canada) can only lead to good things for everybody.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is a new, fourth book after the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty)

“I don’t believe, I know: This is good for Stieg Larssen’s authorship,” he told CBC Radio’s q. “Now his old books are finding new readers in a new generation. We are again discovering his great life’s work fighting racism, fighting [the] extreme right, fighting for women’s rights.”

Lagercratnz says he has the “deepest sympathy” for Gabrielsson, but that he’s insulted anyone would suggest he wrote the book for the money.

“I have enough,” he says, noting he’s already done well as ghostwriter of the 2011 soccer biography I am Zlatan Ibrahimović. “I’m not dreaming of Ferraris. This was a passion for me, a passion and a challenge. If I had said no to this book, I would have regretted [it] my whole life.”

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