About the Book

The story behind Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, rightly called the “hottest books on the planet”:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Played with Fire and
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The Tattooed Girl:

The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time

By Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer, and John-Henri Holmberg
New from St. Martin’s Griffin

Through insightful commentary and revealing interviews, The Tattooed Girl brings you into the fictional world of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, as well as the all too real world of the creator of these riveting characters, Stieg Larsson.

From many perspectives and through a thought-provoking interplay of expert commentators, you will discover the surprising issues in Swedish politics, the frightening cases of violence against women and immigrants, and the dangerous activities of neo-Nazis–including death threats against journalists like Larsson himself–that were at the heart of Stieg Larsson’s “day job” as a crusading journalist.

John-Henri Holmberg, a Swedish author and close friend of Larsson for more than three decades, provides an insider’s look into the secrets of the author’s imaginative universe, his life and his ideas for future books, including the mysterious “fourth book” in the Lisbeth Salander series, which Larsson had started but not finished at the time of his death.

Within the pages of The Tattooed Girl readers will find questions, answers, and thought provocations:

  • What makes the Lisbeth Salander character so unique and memorable? Why have so many people from all backgrounds and with all kinds of tastes found The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo so riveting?
  • What are the speculations–and what is the truth– about Stieg Larsson’s tragic death at age 50, just before publication of his novels, and about the bitter battle over his legacy?
  • What changes were made in the plots and translations of the novels after Larsson’s  death–and why?
  • How did Larsson’s early interest in science fiction and American and British crime writers feed into his creation of the Millennium Trilogy?
  • What were Larsson’s ideas for the fourth book, and are there any clues to the plots he imagined for his ten-book series? If we get to read the unpublished manuscript for the fourth book–the one set on Banks Island in Canada–will we meet Lisbeth’s twin sister Camilla or any of her other seven siblings that Zalachenko, tells her she has?
  • Does Lisbeth Salander give feminism a new definition? Where is the line between the graphic scenes of Salander’s feminist revenge against her abuser and “voyeurism”?
  • What will happen in the contentious battle between Stieg Larsson’s life partner, Eva Gabrielsson, and his father and brother over the future of the books as well as the billion dollars at stake in his legacy?
  • Who are the emerging Swedish crime writers worth reading for Larsson fans who have finished the Millennium trilogy? The Tattooed Girl features interviews and close-ups with numerous leading Swedish crime novelists including the recent New York Times bestselling writing team of Roslund & Hellström (Three Seconds).
  • Which actress will prove truer to the “Lisbeth” role: Noomi Rapace, who starred in the original Scandinavian film series, or Mara Rooney, who has been cast in David Fincher’s Hollywood version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that premieres is December 2011?
  • Meet Paolo Roberto, the real life boxer and martial arts champion, who did not know Larsson but became a character in his novels just the same.
  • Essays, interviews, and commentaries from three dozen contributors, ranging from journalists and friends who knew and worked with Larsson, leading Swedish feminists, crime novelists, and well-known critics from Christopher Hitchens to Laura Miller, Lizzie Skurnick, Brooks Riley, and Jenny McPhee.
  • Plus: 16 page of photos including rare images of Stieg Larsson in his youth and scenes of the Stockholm streets where the key plot points in the Millennium Trilogy play out, photographed by Julie O’Connor.

DAN BURSTEIN is an award-winning journalist and author of 13 prior books. He and ARNE DE KEIJZER are the co-creators of the Secrets series, which includes the New York Times and global bestseller, Secrets of the Code. More than four million copies of the Secrets books are now in print in more than 30 languages.

JOHN-HENRI HOLMBERG is a non-fiction writer, translator, and editor. He met Stieg Larsson in 1972 and over the years they became good friends. Before Stieg Larsson’s untimely death, Larsson shared with Holmberg tantalizing details about the new Lisbeth Salander book he was working on.

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