Stieg Larsson’s family speaks out on the author’s fourth and fifth books

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The tragic story of bestselling Swedish author Stieg Larsson continued today with the revelation that the deceased writer's brother Joakim is in possession of a fifth Millennium book and says he does not plan to let it see the light of day.

The book (title unknown) would have followed a fourth, unpublished title in the series, which is believed to be in the possession of Eva Gabrielsson, Larsson's common-law widow. (Both, of course, are part of the series that gave us The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.)

Due to complications in Swedish law, Gabrielsson was left virtually penniless after Larasson's death because the couple, together for over thirty years, had never officially married. (Reports indicate Larasson's work as a journalist had inspired numerous threats on his life, and he and Gabrielsson remained unmarried to prevent their home address from appearing in government records.) 

Larsson's brother says the fifth book was very close to being finished when Larsson dropped dead of a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 50. The author had apparently written a followup to The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest but had not completed it before moving on to the fifth book in the series.

Meanwhile, Gabrielsson carries on her legal dispute against Joakim and his father over the rights to the rest of the series and the royalties, as Stieg did not leave behind a will. We're guessing an endless lawsuit, settled out of court, will eventually allow one or both of these books to appear in print, with some revisions.