The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is back.
Maclehose Press has announced that Swedish novelist and journalist David Lagercrantz will pen the fourth installment in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series.
Featuring key characters Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, the book will be published in Sweden as Det som inte dödar oss (What Doesn’t Kill You). The English edition will be called The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
Lagercrantz’s work on the fourth book in the series has been “rigorously secretive” according to Maclehose Press who will be responsible for translating the novel into English.
Lagercrantz wrote on a computer with no internet connection and delivered the manuscript to his publishers by hand.
Lagercrantz said: “Stieg Larsson was a master at creating complex stories with a lot of different plotlines and that was something I was determined to live up to.”
“But there is a kind of journalistic authoritativeness about his work. I realised early on how idiotic it would be for me just to imitate him. This is my own prose,” he added.
Stieg’s father and brother, Joakim and Erland Larsson, are backing the new work.
In a statement, they explained their decision to allow the book to be written was “to keep alive the characters and the world that Stieg Larsson created”.
“We see it as a way of offering his many readers the continuation they have been longing for. We chose David Lagercrantz because we think he is highly suited to the task,” the statement added.
However, it is believed that Stieg’s long-term partner does not approve of the new release.
The book will hit bookshelves in August.