No Fourth 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Book, Confirms Stieg Larsson's Girlfriend

 

Sorry, fans of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series -- a fourth book won't be released.

The author's girlfriend Eva Gabrielsson says Larsson didn't write enough material before his 2004 death.

"There's the beginning of a fourth novel," Gabrielsson told BBC Radio 4 (via Digital Spy). "I would estimate it to be about 200 pages, given what I saw in late August during our last vacation, and given what I knew of Stieg's workload in his last two months."

"It probably doesn't hang together," she added. "Stieg was a spontaneous writer, he could write scenes and not knit them together until later on - he just liked the scene. You can't call it a novel."

Gabrielsson -- who is embroiled in a dispute with Larsson's family over his estate -- had hinted in the past there may be a posthumous novel.

In January, Paul Bogaards, Larsson's publisher and senior VP of publicity at Alfred A. Knopf publishing house, told Word and Film: "There is no fourth book from Stieg Larsson on the horizon. Only the estate, controlled by his family (father Erland and brother Joakim Larsson), can authorize publication of a fourth book, and they have no intention of doing so at the moment."

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The books didn't achieve success until after Larsson's death. They were turned later into three Swedish films starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist. David Fincher’s take on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, hits theaters Dec. 21.

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