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Dragon Tattoo Series Hijacked

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

I loved the Dragon Tattoo series of books. I was sorry to hear author Stieg Larsson died suddenly of a heart attack and wouldn’t write more.

But an author’s death doesn’t matter anymore, and here we are with a new book in the series written by someone else (obviously).

The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be released on Tuesday in North America.

The New York Times wrote an excellent piece on the new novel and its author. It includes interviews with those involved in the project as well as Larsson’s longtime partner, who had no say in what happened. For the record, she’s against it.

I’m ranting here myself, because, as a reader, I hate when a publisher does this. No one else can know what the author intended. Maybe the author was done with those characters and their stories. Even if he wasn’t finished with them, we can’t know where he would have taken their lives.

In the NYT article it says “In the newest novel, Camilla takes over her father’s criminal empire and modernizes it, becoming Lisbeth’s ‘evil twin’ foe.”

Evil twin. Oh, balls.

As a writer, I wouldn’t want someone else hijacking my stories after my death.

When the publisher or estate hire someone else to continue the series, it’s an obvious money grab. It’s bankrolled fan fiction. In my mind, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the last book in the Millennium series.

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