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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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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 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

-, 22 January 2012

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First, [belatedly] I wish the Larsson family, loves and friends peace for the loss of someone very special to them.

Wow.... After reading the first three books I have become [addicted] as it seems many others have as well. And as we know, with addiction comes an egocentric distorted view of life where only the addict's wants are a priority to the exclusion of attempting to understand the needs or wants of others.

I don't know what the basis is for the legal dispute between Mrs. Gabrielsson and the Larsson family may be and only hope that they can find a common ground so that the 4th book can be finished and published.

*** If not, then I'm sure Lisbeth will enjoy her privacy, and I will continue to enjoy my imagination!

- Dereck, 22 January 2012

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Steig Larsson was obviously a genius and a brilliant writer. His untimely death has left a hole in the universe and a hole in the hearts of all of us who loved him. The grief and sadness that has touched us will never wholly heal.

- Rita Jett/USA, 22 January 2012

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i just finished the whole trilogy in about 3 weeks. I cannot wait any longer for the fourth book to come out! Why is Stieg Larsson's family opposing it being published? They must be aware that fans are dying to know what happens! Please, the Millenium Series are by far one of the best series I have read and I can't stand to know that the fourth one is finished, but we can't have access to it! Nonsense, complete, utter, nonsense.

- lizzie, 20 January 2012

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- MICHAEL, 20 January 2012

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Finish the book. The whole world is waiting for a conclusion so get it together and finish one of the greatest works I've read in a lond while. Father and brother you can't do it. Do you have to be so greedy that you would deprive the world the end you a son's/brothers dream?

- dmay45, 20 January 2012

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I wish this 4th book was out already i just finished the other 3, ty Pat loved them. lisbeth salander and mikel are great charactures.

- Pat Thorson, 20 January 2012

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I think the readers have the right to reed everything Stieg Larsson wrote. About Millennium trilogy the 4th book must be published. If his family do not solve his problems, the Court must allow the publication.


Helena, Jan, 18th, 2012

- Helena Quaresma, 18 January 2012

Eva has every right note to finnish the book she was writting with Stieg. Can't you understand it is her writting too so if she does not finish it too bad. She needs to hold her stand until she gets what she deserves and the rest of us should not be so selfish!!

- cheryl mn., 19 January 2012

Fully agree with you, Cheryl. Greetings from Germany.

- Juan, 22 January 2012

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