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The unfinished manuscript

The status of the unfinished books

When Stieg started writing the Millennium series, he laid an outline of a total of ten books. Before his death in November 2004, he had finished the first three books and was well underway with the fourth. In an email written to a friend a month before his death, Stieg says that he has finished about half of the fourth book. Stieg says that he has written the beginning and the end, but that the middle part is not finished yet.

Many readers have asked if Eva Gabrielsson, Stieg's life companion, could finish the fourth book, as she was deeply involved in the writing while Stieg was still alive. Eva herself is very positive, however, Swedish jurisdiction obstructs such a solution.

Stieg & Moi

The book "Stieg & Moi", written by Eva Gabrielsson and Marie Francois Colombani comes out the 19 Jan 2011. The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has read a rawcopy of the book and can reveal several interesting scoops.

Eva says in the book that she could finish the fourth manuscript but is, as of this moment unable to due to the legal dispute between her and Stieg Larsson's father and brother. The Swedish title of the fourh book is also told, and is said to be "Guds hämd" (english translation: God's revenge).

Aftonbladet has earlier published the news that the fourth book would take place in Canada, about 75 miles (120km) north of Sauchs Harbour on Banks Island. It is also told that the fourth script would mainly focus on Lisbet Salander, and how her personality changes when she starts to deal with her conflicts from the past. Her tattoos are explained and you are told that each and everyone represent a person who has hurt her throughout her life, both mentally and physically.

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I finished the first book two days ago. I'm 100 pages into the second. I'm sad that stieg died, he seems to have the same personality/intrest as me. I hope that Ava is able to publish and write the fourth book, so u can read it.

:)

- Gaelan, 30 January 2012

I have read all 3. Awesome books. I there will be a 4th as well. I have not come across a book i could not put down in a long time.

- pgwrn, 3 February 2012

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I read the first book and am just finishing the 2nd The Girl Who Played With Fire. I decided to Google Steig and saw that he had died. Well, that runined my day. The books are wild and absolutly fabulous reading as well as life in Sweden so interesting. I will continue to pray that Eva/Marie can resolve problems with family and continue the books Steig dreamed of.

Surely his family must know it was his passion and the work must be finished. Not just the 4th book but the 10 he planned. $$$ may solve the problem. I wish you the best and God speed. Your loss must be huge.

Lisbeth must live on, please.

- Priscilla H Barker, 30 January 2012

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I don't understand why Swedish law stops Eva from publishing something in her possession, especially if she collaborated on it. Come to the US and hire an intellectual property lawyer, and write the balance of the novel and publish it.

- Mike R., Esq. Columbis, Ohio, 30 January 2012

Urs I agree, or come to Canada to write :P I think it's a dumb law

- Gaelan, 30 January 2012

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Condolences to Eva.

You deserve the money from the books and films etc. It was 30.... 30!!!.. years that you were together. You deserve to have a say over how it is marketed etc. I wish you well and hope you win the case you have against Stieg's Larsson's father and brother. I also hope you will be able to finish the fourth book and publish it - and we are all waiting it seems. All the best. Common sense must prevail!!!

- Marnie, 29 January 2012

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Why not. It is obvious no man wrote the first book. This is all one big fraud.

- Joel Hammer, 27 January 2012

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Dear folks,I am new to this trilogy with completing the first book and english movie with Rooney Mara in the lead.Larssons character has certainly hooked me as I am startimg the second chapter in this wonderful story.How tragic the author is not here to enjoy the world wide phenomenon.Thank you and sincerely JA from New York.

- Jack Jordano, 25 January 2012

Watch the Swedish versions of this trilogy, they are far superior to the English version.

- Jim Johnson, 26 January 2012

No they're not. The American version is better.

- Bob McC, 27 January 2012

I think they bouth have their place and they are both well done, they just tell the story from a different angle....The Swedish version deals closer to the book, the American version changes the ending slightly....but both are enjoyable, Although the Swedish version prepares you better for the second book.....

- Marguerite, 27 January 2012

Yes I must say the Swedish version, I believe, is better and links the events together in a more interesting way. There was no need to change the story so much from the book as did the US version.

- Marnie, 29 January 2012

the books are best... and the swedish versions are good. in particular the first film and the last film. but the books tell a deeper story worth every page.

i've heard that Rooney Mara does a great job in her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander.

I cant imagine she could out perform Noomi Rapace.

- x24v, 30 January 2012

I liked the american version very much, but I think the Swedish one is better

- Gaelan, 30 January 2012

I agree with Jim Johnson and Marguerite. In my opinion, Noomi gets closer to the character, she gets closer to the book description.

But, of course, both are worth to see

- Cr4nberry, 1 February 2012

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I am a huge fan of the books as all of you who have posted to this page. so saying that and after seeing what google was able to too with a patition on the internet laws. I say we have our own petition on having the 4th book made. Or even just a " I want to see a 4th book" or "Give her the rights" website where we can relay updates on the issue and talk about the books and how much we want a 4th book idk its just a thought. If you think its a good idea or not please comment on here so i know if i need to start working on it or not.

- Fred Turner, 25 January 2012

I think it would be a great idea. I just finished the second book and can't wait to get my hands on a fourth.

Another petition: Give Eva royalties from all the books. She was Steig's companion, significant other, partner - whatever you want to call it - for more than 30 years. His own parents gave him how many years? Fewer than half the time he spent with Eva. Of course, that would set a precendent in Swedish jurisprudence, but what's fair is fair.

- A Swede in the US, 27 January 2012

I would be very disappointed if the 4th book is not published. I would love to see all of the 10 written!! Books are definitely addictive. I love them!

- deb baker, 28 January 2012

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That's a common misconception about British law (or at least English law - not sure about Scotland or N Ireland). Though I may be wrong. "Common law wife" is used in common conversation for situations like Stieg and Eva's, but legally (at least I read somewhere) it refers to situations where a lawful marriage isn't possible (e.g. a warzone), allowing a DIY marriage.

As far as I'm aware unmarried partners have few rights here as well in the case of their partner's death intestate or in the case of relationship breakdown - which can be argued to make sense, since if the law were changed how many years must one co-habit before a partner gets similar rights to a spouse and who decides what status the relationship had? I'm a bit wary of someone automatically gaining rights over another's property without voluntarily entering into marriage, another contract or children being involved.

It does seem a bit unjust though in this case. I suppose none of us expect to die, and Stirg didn't realise he had items of value to inherit.

- Alex Wright, 24 January 2012

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read the 3 books last year they were very compelling and deeply disturbing could not put them down i had to finish them..........

dont know anything of Swedish law but in uk i think eva would have been seen as his common law wife and as she worked on these novels would have been in a position to decide the fate of the 4th book..i hope she can win this dispute with his father and brother..certainly will read the book if it is published...finally last night i saw the film with my daughter and granddaughter was a little disappointed and found i had to explain some of the plot not very easy to follow if you had not read the book...as a women my best wishes go to eva dont give in you have more rights..

- eunice suthers, 23 January 2012

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excellent reading i hope stieg larsson farther and brother are nothing like martin vanger or gottfried or harald if so hold on to your hats

- jbradley62@gmail.com, 22 January 2012

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