US spy agency to feature in Stieg Larsson sequel

The sequel to Swedish author Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millenium crime trilogy, due for release in August, kicks off with an artificial intelligence intrigue involving a US spy agency, the book's publishers have revealed.

US spy agency to feature in Stieg Larsson sequel
The actors playing Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the original Swedish movies based on the books. Photo. TT

"That Which Does Not Kill" was completed in November by David Lagercrantz, known for co-authoring Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography.

Larsson himself died of a heart attack in 2004 aged 50. He left the outline of the fourth novel.

The 500-page sequel takes up the story of tattooed computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist, whom she helps solve a murder mystery with a misogynist Nazi twist in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', the first book in the series.

"One night professor Frans Balder, a leading authority within AI (artificial intelligence) research, calls up Blomkvist," Norstedts publishing house wrote on its website, setting the scene for the new book.

"Balder says he has world shattering information on US intelligence services… had contact with a female super hacker, who bears a certain resemblance to a person Blomkvist knows well."

Until now the publishers had remained tight-lipped about the plot, only saying that it would continue the story of the trilogy's heroine, which has sold more than 75 million copies worldwide and become a popular film franchise, with both English and Swedish movie versions of the stories.

The new book's production has been shrouded in secrecy with the author, editors and translators reportedly working on computers disconnected from the internet to avoid leaks.

"If you write about Lisbeth Salander its easy to get a little paranoid. You realise what opportunities there are to hack computers," Lagercrantz told the Dagens Nyheter daily.

"It was a little awkward. Every time I needed to google I had to do it on another computer. And we used code words — like our own little spy world."

At the time of his death, Larsson reportedly had plans to write at least another seven novels.

His late partner Eva Gabrielsson recently told news agency AFP that the journalist, who co-founded the anti-racism magazine Expo in Sweden, "would be furious" if he knew someone else was writing his story.

Gabrielsson, who lost a bitter battle with the late author's family to manage his work, added that Lagercrantz was "a totally idiotic choice" as he lacked Larsson's left-wing activist background.

Norstedts have compared the planned release on August 27th of the book in at least 35 countries to the global splash made by Dan Brown's sequels to the 2003 'Da Vinci Code'.


Sweden legend Larsson’s son joins Olympics football squad

Sweden legend Henrik Larsson's son Jordan has been named in the country's final 18-man squad that will play at the Rio Olympics in August.

Sweden legend Larsson's son joins Olympics football squad
Henrik Larsson (left) and son Jordan (right). Photo: Björn Lindgren/TT & Pontus Lundahl/TT

Dad Henrik, 44, represented Sweden 106 times between 1993 and 2009, winning Bronze with his nation at the 1994 World Cup.

At club level he also played in the Uefa Cup final with Celtic, and won the Uefa Champions League and La Liga with FC Barcelona.

Now Jordan, 19, will have a chance to start building a legacy of his own in what will be the biggest stage he has played on to date.

The men’s football squads for the Olympics are made up of players under the age of 23, as well as three selected players over the age limit.

The Helsingborg forward has previously represented his nation at U17, U19 and U21 level.

Larsson is one of the higher profile names in a squad comprised mostly of promising young players. There will be no final swan song for veterans like Kim Källström, 33, or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34.

The latter had been rumoured as a participant at the Olympics when he was included in the initial 35-man shortlist in June.

Here is the full Sweden men’s Olympic football squad


Tim Erlandsson (Nottingham Forest)
Andreas Linde (Molde)


Pa Konate (Malmö FF)
Adam Lundqvist (Elfsborg)
Alexander Milosevic (Besiktas)
Joakim Nilsson (Elfsborg)
Noah Sonko Sundberg (Gif Sundsvall)
Sebastian Starke Hedlund (Kalmar FF)


Jacub Une Larsson (Djurgården)
Astrit Ajdarevic (Örebro SK)
Alexander Fransson (Basel)
Abdulrahman Khalili (Mersin)
Robin Quaison (Palermo)
Ken Sema (Östersunds FK)
Simon Tibbling (Groningen)


Mikael Ishak (Randers)
Jordan Larsson (Helsingborg)
Muamer Tankovic (AZ Alkmaar)


Jesper Johansson (Gais)
Alexander Leksell (IFK Gothenburg)
Ali Suljic (Chelsea)
Adnan Maric (Swansea)