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Larsson friend reveals Millennium sequel plot

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 28 Mar 2011, 13:20

Published: 28 Mar 2011 13:20 GMT+02:00

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"Lisbeth Salander's twin sister Camilla is given a more prominent role," Baksi told the Expressen daily referring to the hacker-heroine at the heart of the Millennium books which so far amount to a trilogy.

According to Baksi, the book's story is set on Canada's Banks Island and the relationship between the investigative journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander is taken to new depths of intrigue.

It has been widely reported that when Stieg Larsson died suddenly on November 9th, 2004 that he had plans for a series of five or six books within the Millennium series.

Eva Gabrielsson, Larsson's partner for 30 years, has indicated that a large part of a fourth manuscript is contained in a computer left to her as part of Larsson's personal effects.

In her biography of their life together "Stieg and I" (Stieg och jag), Gabrielsson has given the book the working title "God's revenge" (Guds hämnd).

The contents of the computer have featured from time to time in the bitter struggle between Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson's father and brother who instead inherited what became the large part of his estate due to the fact that the couple had not formally married nor completed a will.

Stieg Larsson had already signed a contract with Swedish publisher Nordstedts for the three completed works and the trilogy has gone on to become a huge success both in Sweden and among international audiences, reportedly earning his estate in excess of 200 million kronor ($31 million).

Baksi, who is featured in the Millennium books, worked with Larsson on the Swedish anti-racist magazine and foundation Expo and is recognised to be one of those who stood closest to the author.

His book "My friend Stieg Larsson" (Min vän Stieg Larsson) came out in 2010 and has been published in more than ten languages. His tale of their friendship and Stieg Larsson's work as an author and a journalist has helped to maintain the massive interest in the thriller writer's life and work.

Daniel Poohl, chief editor at Larsson's creation Expo, told Expressen that the amount of diverse notes left by Larsson might even stretch to three more full manuscripts, but raised questions over whether they could be turned into a book.

"I have personally found notes on napkins. But it isn't easy to write a book from a napkin," he told the newspaper.

Baksi however confirms information included in an email sent by Larsson to another friend prior to his death that the fourth book exists in the form of a detailed introduction and a finale.

Lisbeth Salander's estranged sister Camilla featured only fleetingly in "The Girl Who Played With Fire" - the second of the published trilogy - but, according to Baksi, the twin's character is given more prominence in the fourth novel.

Furthermore, Baksi told Expressen, Larsson had plans to send Lisbeth Salander on a trip to Greenland, although he was not sure in which of the novels this would occur.

Eva Gedin at Nordstedts told the newspaper that she is unaware of any pressure from publishers for a fourth book, saying that "we have been clear that there are only three". She revealed however that she often fields calls from foreign journalists asking if there are any plans to continue the popular series.

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Meanwhile the success of the three completed and published books continues.

The latest award to be bestowed on Noomi Rapace, who played Salander in the Swedish films, was announced at the weekend by the UK movie magazine Empire.

Rapace, who has lined up a string of international roles following her Millennium success, won the Empire Award best actress category, while "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" won best thriller.

The Hollywood remake of "Tattoo" is set to hit cinema screens on December 21st 2011, sure to bring with it another round of speculation as to the existence and prospect of a fourth post-mortem Larsson tale.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:03 March 28, 2011 by Plowbridge
It's finished. Get over it and move on

The books were great, but on the whole far fetched and amateurish in their plot lines. Too much complicated trivia going on and childlike in some of the delivery. The heroine Salander, played to great effect in the average tv movies, has been the main reason for the popularity. An era defining role and great casting in an trilogy of decreasing credibility.

Now the odiously, bitter Gabrielsson looks like producing a watered down new version, outside the estate of Larsson, just to make some money. This will not only taint Stieg's name, but reduce his legacy to Police Academy proportions. Shame, but predictable.
14:28 March 28, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
...'move on'? Maybe you're right

Can only wish them 'good luck' with transcribing the napkins - I use mine for catching food slivers myself
14:30 March 28, 2011 by Angry Ami

That's why it'd called fiction guy, but pf course I'm sure "you" could do a much better job, right?

Anybody who knows the genre especially in the Swedish style can recognize the quality, but of course you can't please everybody.
15:10 March 28, 2011 by g123
Plowbridge - what a pompous fool you sound!!
15:27 March 28, 2011 by Plowbridge
Have the pikey's arrived in time for spring? I do sympathise with the misery though; What with the ground being too cold for the pigs or relaying driveways.

Anyhow, it is called an opinion on an article; try it someday, it's really fun and relevant.
15:54 March 28, 2011 by Borilla
@ Plowbridge

Let's not call names. It is a sign of inferior intellect and a reflection on one's upbringing; however, one can not help but sympathize with Angry Ami and g123. Please let us know what you have been writing so that we can appreciate true literature.
19:20 March 28, 2011 by l33tshane
the books were outstanding, and i'm sure any further additions to the series would have been fantastic as well. but larsson is no longer here to finish another book, so i don't think anyone should try and write a book from his notes. the writing style would not be his, regardless of the plot being the same.
10:37 March 29, 2011 by Angry Ami

Yeah you're right, there called opinions,

and they're like A-holes everyone's got one and most of them stink.

and BTW if you didn't like the stories why did you waste your very valuable time reading them, nothing else to do maybe.
10:52 March 29, 2011 by Angry Ami
Comment: @l33tshane Look, Larsson's style was not unlike that of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, there is a Swedish style, and one can see the similarities there, and if you use Larsson's style as a reference it could work, and maybe a new writer could even give the story a fresh take, the foundation is already there, one just needs to build on it, I've written some short stories myself, haven't had them published because of all the make money politics BS, but people who have read them say there good, and for me that's just a hobby, so a pro writer should be able to make something decent out of it.
16:34 March 31, 2011 by l33tshane
@angry ami: i really disagree, i dont think any writer should be able to try to interpret/copy anothers style and try to pass it off as an addition to a series of books.

i even have my suspicions about the third book in the series. i got the feeling that some of it was infact written by another author from notes rather than by larsson himself.
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