Stieg Larsson’s famous protagonist is back in an upcoming fourth book, which is set to be a continuation of the Millennium Trilogy. The Girl in the Spider’s Web is set to be released worldwide on the 27th of August 2015.
But how is there a fourth book coming out when Stieg Larsson has been six feet under since 2004 (R.I.P Mr. Larsson)?
David Lagercrantz is your answer. A journalist and best-selling author, Lagercrantz was given free rein by Larsson’s estate to write The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
While Lagercrantz was working on the book back then, Larsson’s longtime partner (who had a hold of his unfinished fourth manuscript) voiced out her criticism stating that Lagercrantz was a “completely idiotic choice” to continue the Millenium series. Despite everything, none of the contents from the unfinished version was included in the upcoming published version.
Lagercrantz himself tried to stay true to the series’ complex stories with different plot lines but he didn’t attempt to imitate Larsson’s “journalistic authoritativeness”, as reported in The Guardian back in March.
Don’t worry, the plot still revolves around bad-ass Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and that is all that matters.
Before we present more details about what you can expect from Spider’s Web, here are a few things you should know!
1) Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy was only published after his sudden death in 2004.
There were supposed to be 10 installations of the book but he had only written four before his death – one of which was unfinished. The other three have sold more than 80 million copies in total.
2) What is the Millennium Trilogy?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor, literally, Men Who Hate Women)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden, literally, The Girl Who Played with Fire)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (Luftslottet som sprängdes, literally, The Air Castle that was Blown Up)
3) What’s the book about again?
The book revolves around two primary characters: Lisbeth Salander – a misfit and genius hacker with a dragon tattoo and Mikael Blomkvist – an investigator journalist for the Millennium magazine.
4) Wasn’t there a movie adaptation of these books?
Yep! There were both a Swedish adaptation of the trilogy with Noomi Rapace and also an English adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig.
So, what can audiences of Larsson’s expect from Lagercrantz ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’?
Lisbeth and Mikael Blomkvist have fallen out of touch!
Lisbeth is trying to hack into the NSA, but it’s not clear why…
One major new character is a scientist working on artificial intelligence!
More details, you say?
The Girl In The Spider’s Web unravels a violently unscrupulous criminal conspiracy that will bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm, to the Millennium team and to Blomkvist and Salander themselves.
Blomkvist is contacted by renowned Swedish scientist Professor Balder who has been warned that his life is in danger. Fearful for his son’s safety, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story – and it is a terrifying one.
Säpo, Sweden’s security police, have offered him protection, but what Balder hopes for is to preserve his life’s work in Artificial Intelligence by going public.
– Stefan Kyriazis, Express
So there you have it. Both authors have a background of being journalists and best selling authors, and we think it’s a 50/50 chance that the book could take off on a high note (or even fall flat).
Take a plate of fried rice for example, made with the same ingredients but by different cooks. However different it tastes, it’s still fried rice. Good or bad or just the same, we just hope that Lagercrantz uses the same ‘ingredients’ that Larsson had used to spellbind his audiences with the Millenium trilogy.