The drumbeat of publicity for the August release of the fourth Stieg Larsson book that is really not the fourth Stieg Larsen book has become louder. Leading the parade is David Lagencrantz, the publisher’s chosen heir to Stieg Larsson’s authorial chair.
In a recent interview with EW, Lagencrantz said he had dug deeply into the soul of our heroine. He struck a Bloomkvist-like pose, trying on the mantle of that character’s own thoughts about Elizabeth Salander: “She still is a riddle…but I’m just crazy about her.”
As for the “fourth book” controversy, Norstedt, its publisher, neatly sidesteps that conundrum by rather slyly promoting the book as “the fourth installment.”
One person who is absolutely, positively guaranteed not to join in the publicity-generated huzzahs is, of course, the clearly still bitter Eva Gabrielsson, Stieg’s long-time companion, who saw both his legacy and his royalties pulled out from under her by the Swedish courts (because they were not legally married). Says she: “This is not about continuing the life of a hero, it’s about a publishing house that needs money, [and] a writer who doesn’t have anything to write so he copies someone else.” Continue reading