'The Girl in the Spider's Web' Tops Bestseller Lists

The Girl in the Spider's Web Cover - P 2015
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The Girl in the Spider's Web Cover - P 2015

David Lagercrantz’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web nabbed the  No. 1 spot on the USA Today, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound bestseller lists after selling over 200,000 copies in its first week.

The book is the fourth installment in creator Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, which started with the thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Lagercrantz picked the series up from Larsson, who died of a heart attack in 2004, just a few months before the series debuted.

The success is a sweet victory for Lagercrantz, a little-known Swedish writer who had big shoes to fill. He told The Hollywood Reporter recently that he was inspired by Batman Begins to view main character Lisbeth Salander as a superhero in the mold of Batman.

Before Lagercrantz signed on, the series was caught in a feud between Larsson’s longtime girlfriend Eva Gabrielsson and his family over the possession of the deceased writer’s multimillion-dollar literary estate. 

The novel went on sale in the U.S. on Sept. 1.