David Lagercrantz has written the fourth Lisbeth Salander novel, taking over for the late Stieg Larsson

By Tim Nudd
Updated March 31, 2015 10:20 AM
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It seemed that Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium series of Lisbeth Salander novels – beginning with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – would forever remain a trilogy, following their author’s untimely death. But a new book is in the works – and its title and cover have just been unveiled.

Author David Lagercrantz was handpicked by the Larsson estate to continue the series. And today, publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced the upcoming novel will be called The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The book will be published Sept. 1 and feature a cover design by Peter Mendelsund, who also created the iconic U.S. covers for the first three books – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

The novel reintroduces protagonists Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.

“Stieg Larsson was a master at creating complex narratives, narratives made all the more forceful because of the journalistic authority with which they were originally written,” Lagercrantz said in a statement. “That was something that informed my approach to book four, and I’m confident Millennium readers will identify with the storylines in Spider’s Web.”

“David Lagercrantz’s familiarity and understanding of Stieg’s work as a journalist, coupled with his appreciation Stieg’s work as a novelist, made him the perfect candidate to continue working on the Millennium series, and it is evident on every page of this extraordinary thriller,” added Sonny Mehta, editor in chief of Knopf.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is as good as its predecessors and uniquely of the moment. I know readers are going to be thrilled when they are reacquainted with both Lisbeth and Mikael in one of the most compelling Millennium novels to date.”

Larsson, who lived and worked in Sweden, died of a heart attack in 2004 at age 50. His three Millennium novels were published posthumously and became worldwide best sellers.