Don’t Expect a Fourth Book from Stieg Larsson

Publishers Lunch today reported on the ongoing dispute between Stieg Larsson’s heirs – father Erland, and brother Joakim – and Larsson’s longtime partner Eva Gabriellson, who was shut out of receiving any royalties from the Millenium trilogy because Swedish law did not recognize common-law partnerships. There’s a lot of stuff to glean, which I’ll quote later, but the bottom line, for now, is that the 200 or so pages of the fourth book in the series, left unfinished by Larsson’s death in 2004, won’t ever see the light of day, as Joakim Larsson told PL “we have an agreement not to publish” those pages.  Eva Gedin, fiction publisher at Norstedts–which bought world rights to

the first three books directly from the author–further confirmed her

understanding that the Larssons and Gabrielsson “mutually decided that

a fourth novel will not be published.”

PL started looking into it “after being alerted by members of the international publishing

community that the Times article and other similar pieces were

completely disconnected from their knowledge of the situation.” Specifically, Gedin said: “we have had a very good cooperation and discussions with Erland and

Joakim Larsson during the years. And from my point of view it seems

that the allegations that Stieg did not ever have any contact with this

part of the family (father and brother) seems wrong. But it is of

course just a very sad thing that this matter hasn’t been solved during

the years since Stieg died.”

But here’s an interesting wrinkle:

In one sign of potential cooperation, Joakim says that "we have a
little project going on together," in which they hope to license a
theater company in Copenhagen to produce a play based on Larsson's
work. "Eva will take care of everything in the management of the
theater project. She will get all the money." Joakim says "she said she
wants to do it"–but at the same time, he indicates that they have no
direct contact with Gabrielsson, even though they would like to. "It's
a start to have some contact with her," he notes, adding, "For me she's
still a part of the family. I would like to have a good relationship
with her, and so would my father."

Which contradicts his sentiments in this YouTube clip, but so be the case. And for those keeping score, Knopf reports that their hardcover edition of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO sold 220,000 copies, with another 550,000 copies of two paperback editions in print. And with 12 million copies of the whole trilogy sold to date worldwide, this story is far, far from resolution.