I recently finished the fourth book The girl in the spiders web (Det som inte dödar oss) in Stieg Larsson Millenium trilogy. As many of you might know Stieg Larsson died of a heart attack before he saw the success his books had around the world. Early on, there were rumours that he had a fourth installment written or partly written on his computer. It came down to the estate (his father and brother, his partner not having any legal rights see controversy here) to decide who would finish this piece of work and if it should be finished at all.
Finally it came to David Lagercrantz (famous in Sweden for the book about the career of footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic) to take on the burden to continue the story of Lisbeth Salander. The pressure is on. So many people have loved this series and would certainly have an opinion on how Lagercrantz treated Larsson’s memory.
I have difficulty finding my own voice and it terrifies me to think that I would have to write something someone else had already started and been so successful at. I’m in awe over authors who dare to take on this kind of challenge. Sophie Hannah with her Poirot books and Alexander McCall-Smith and others bringing classics such as Jane Austen’s Emma to the 21st century.
Lagecrantz attempts? The book was good, I have missed the characters and I liked the premises of the story and I will definitely read the fifth instalment The girl who takes and eye for an eye (Mannen som sökte sin skugga), but I can’t help wonder what it would have looked like if Larsson had lived to write the ten books he had apparently planned for the series.