Tattoos are forever

Remember that Swedish girl, the one with the tattoos? She’s back. Or at least she will be in 2015.

No one needs to be reminded how many copies the dearly departed Swede Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy have sold (millions) or in how many languages you can read about the adventures of star hacker Lisbeth Salander and occasionally disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (here’s a hint: how many states are in the Union?). Don’t forget the film versions, bringing audiences Scandinavian moodiness in two languages and deeply dividing book fans into competing (Swedish) Noomi Rapace and (American) Rooney Mara camps.

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A decade after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came out in Sweden, back when Larsson was an unknown (and, unfortunately, also already dead) presence in the literary world—though he’d made a name for himself as a journalist—his Swedish publisher, Norstedts, will publish a fourth book in the Millennium series, due out in August 2015.

And the lucky author chosen to continue the Larsson Legacy? Another Swedish journalist, David Lagercrantz. The Rights Director at Norstedts, Linda Altrov Berg, says that, “Over the years we have been asked if there will ever be more books in the Millennium series. The question is not unexpected, as Stieg’s story and his books have engaged millions of readers all over the world. Now we can finally answer that question. I am happy to announce that Norstedts and Moggliden, the Stieg Larsson estate, recently decided to let the story about Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist continue. Swedish author David Lagercrantz will write an entirely new story based on Stieg Larsson’s universe and characters.”

For those of us not conversant in Swedish, Berg adds that “an agreement in place for world English rights with MacLehose Press/Quercus, and they aim for simultaneous publication.”

Now, with nearly 18 months to go until publication, let the title speculation games begin! To refresh your memory, here are the first three books, with their original Swedish titles: book box set

 

Book I: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Or, Men Who Hate Women)

Book II: The Girl Who Played with Fire (Or, well, The Girl Who Played with Fire)

Book III: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Or, Castles In the Air That Blew Up)

 

 

What’s your guess for the title of Lagercrantz’s addition to the series?

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Jordan is a freelance writer living in Portland, Oregon, after spending six years in NYC for college and graduate school (where she earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia) before realizing that her heart belonged in the Pacific Northwest. She (hopefully) puts that degree to good use writing for BookTrib and Publishers Weekly about the vast quantity of books she reads. While Jordan’s literary diet is largely crime fiction—as she was raised, often literally, in Portland’s only mystery bookstore—she’s perfectly content to read novels and nonfiction that lack a murder because good writing transcends labels. Follow her on Twitter @jordanfoster13.