A New 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Book Is Hitting Shelves Soon

Get ready for more Lisbeth Salander.

Just when you thought she had closed her computer for good, hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander is returning in a new installment of the Millennium crime series.

Steig Larsson, who penned The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, died of a heart attack in 2004. He had reportedly planned on continuing the series for at least seven more novels. Since his death, the books have been made into big-budget films in Sweden and in the U.S.

According to the AFP, author David Lagercrantz is filling his shoes with a new installment, called That Which Does Not Kill. The 500-page book hits shelves in 35 countries this August. 

While Lagercrantz isn't saying anything about the plot, he told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter that he'll incorporate the mythology of the three previous books and stay true to Larsson's writing style. Salander, along with Mikael Blomkvist, will appear in the plot.

"Lisbeth Salander's not just any superhero," Lagercrantz said. "She's not only great because of her talents but also because of her context and background."

The rights to the Millennium trilogy have been debated in court ever since Larsson's death. The author's longtime partner, Eva Gabrielsson, has fought the rest of the Larsson family for years about managing his work, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Larsson family ended up hand-picking Lagercrantz to carry on the author's legacy. 

It has been rumored that Larsson was working on a fourth book at the time of his death, but That Which Does Not Kill has no connection to the unfinished work. Those close to Larsson have yet to find the manuscript.

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Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.