5th book of 'Millennium Trilogy' to be released: Craze surrounding Larsson continues

"The Girl Who Takes an Eye For an Eye" said to be the second last book in the series by author David Lagercrantz. The book is slated to release on Sept.7.

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The new book by 55-year-old David Lagercrantz, titled "The Girl Who Takes an Eye For an Eye" is set to release on Thursday, Sept.7, 2017

Lisbeth Salander, the intriguing computer hacker from the Millennium series, is all set to grip the readers' imagination, once again as the fifth volume hits the market.

Lagercrantz assured he would reveal more secrets about the life and childhood of Salander and her troubled past. Her iconic dragon shaped tattoo which has always been the center of audiences and readers attraction might just be a big factor in finding out the untold mysteries of her life.

The author's previous volume "The Girl in the Spider's Web", received mixed reviews. Launched in 2015, it was met with overcrowded press conferences and journalists waiting in queue for interviews. Lagercrantz apparently signed books until midnight.

The launch of the fifth volume is more low key and the author will make no appearance till he starts his book tour on Sept.10.

Stieg Larsson ,the original creator and author of the popular known Millennium series, had completed the first two books of the series and a bit of the third before he moved to publication. Soon he became one of the world's best-loved crime writers.

His death, at the age of 50 from a heart attack in 2004, shook the litearary world. He passed away just a year before the release of the first book "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo".

It was after his death Swedish author and crime journalist David Lagercrantz, previously best known for his biography on footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic was commissioned by the publisher Norstedts to continue with the series.

While many Larsson fans rejoiced over the continuation of the trilogy when Lagercrantz was selected to write the fourth book, some including Larsson's longtime partner Eva Gabrielsson vehemently opposed him taking up the torch, calling him "a totally idiotic choice".The readers, however were curious to see if he would be successful in holding up the banner after Larsson. Lagercrantz intends to transform the series and convince those who criticise his endeavour.

In "The Girl Who Takes an Eye For an Eye", Lagercrantz puts Salander in a women's prison where she encounters problems, and the protagonist Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist is worn down by life .

The duo tries to counter and investigate the social injustice Lisabeth has gone through, while they encounter new hurdles. However if the author believes that Lisbeth has seen enough in the previous crime novels, then the worst may be yet to come.

Lagercrantz said that he would have chosen a "sweeter, nicer and more sensitive" character, as bringing Salander's dark past back was troublesome to him.

Lagercrantz left no stone unturned for the inspiration of his fifth book, as he interviewed doctors, archivists, robotic researchers and even Bangladeshi bloggers who were threatened. He even went to the extreme of visiting a prison in southeastern Sweden.

"The Girl Who Takes an Eye For an Eye" is to be published in 34 countries. Twenty-six of these countries, including Britain, the United States, Germany and France, will release the book on Sept.7

Lagercrantz is up for the sixth book and has signed for it officially. Following his confirmation this would be the last of the series.