Fourth "Millennium" novel set in Canada: report

Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:11pm EDT
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By Scott Roxborough

COLOGNE (Hollywood Reporter) - A close friend of late writer Stieg Larsson, the man behind the best-selling Millennium series, has revealed details of the unpublished manuscript thought to be the fourth book in the crime saga.

Larsson confidant Kurdo Baksi told Swedish daily paper Expressen that Camilla, the estranged twin sister of Millennium's goth hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander, plays a major role in the fourth book. Camilla briefly appeared in the second Millennium novel, "The Girl Who Played With Fire."

Baksi, whose book "My Friend Stieg Larsson" was a best-seller last year, was quoted as saying that the fourth novel is set on the remote Banks Island in Canada and deepens the relationship between Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomqvist.

Baksi said Larsson had completed a detailed introduction and a finale to a fourth book before he died suddenly in 2004. The three Millennium books were published posthumously, and it's been widely reported that Larsson was planning five or six books.

The novels were a phenomenal global success, as were the Swedish film versions. The Hollywood adaptation of the first book -- "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," directed by David Fincher and starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig -- hits theaters December 21.

Larsson's long-time partner Eva Gabrielsson has said she possesses a large part of the manuscript for the fourth novel on a computer. But Gabrielsson, who was not formally married to Larsson, is in a bitter fight with Larsson's family over Millennium royalties and has so far refused to make the unfinished manuscript public.

In "Stieg and I," her biography of her life with Larsson, Gabrielsson gave the fourth book the working title "God's Revenge." She has been quoted as saying she could finish the novel on Larsson's behalf. So far, however, Larsson's publishers -- in Sweden and internationally -- have said there are no plans to publish a fourth novel in the series.