Fourth Book in Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy
Yes I know that the definition of ‘trilogy’ is three and no, it’s not a typo in the title – the Swedish publishers of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, aka The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series have hired another Swedish author David Lagercrantz to write a fourth book in the series. It’s been nearly 10 years since Larsson passed away in November 2004 and the time since his passing has been filled with legal battles between his long term partner Eva Gabrielsson, his father Erland, and brother Joakim, over the inheritance of his estate, and speculation about what else Larsson had planned/written. There were reports following his death that Larsson had been part way through a fourth book in the series and that the manuscript was unfinished on a laptop… the laptop and the manuscript have never come to light so this new book will be a sequel that… isn’t really a sequel.
Apparently we won’t pick up where The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest finished. Instead it will be a brand new story featuring investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his socially awkward sidekick/partner/lover with the photographic memory Lisbeth Salander. So what has David Lagercrantz written to make him the man for this new book? Well, nothing in the world of crime fiction. In fact, Lagercrantz’s biggest ‘bestseller’ is the memoirs of Swedish football superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic which he ghost-wrote. I’m not one of these, but I’ve heard from friends who are fans of The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan that there were mixed reactions when author Brandon Sanderson took over the completion of the series when Jordan passed away… So I want to know what you readers think –
Should another author finish a series following the passing of an author?
Do you think that a ‘related’ but not continuing (for want of a better term, spin-off) series for Millennium Trilogy is a good thing, or just the publisher trying to cash-in on the success of the books written by Larsson?
And, question number 3, do you think you’ll read it?