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Karl Stig-Erland "Stieg" Larsson (, Swedish: [ˈkɑːɭ stiːɡ ˈæ̌ːɭand ˈlɑ̌ːʂɔn]; 15 August 1954 – 9 November 2004) was a Swedish writer, journalist, and activist. He is best known for writing the Millennium trilogy of crime novels, which were published posthumously, starting in 2005, after he died of a sudden heart attack. The trilogy was adapted as three motion pictures in Sweden, and one in the U.S. (for the first book only). The publisher commissioned David Lagercrantz to expand the trilogy into a longer series, which has six novels as of September 2019. For much of his life, Larsson lived and worked in Stockholm. His journalistic work covered socialist politics and he acted as an independent researcher of right-wing extremism. He was the second-best-selling fiction author in the world for 2008, owing to the success of the English translation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, behind the Afghan-American Khaled Hosseini. The third and final novel in the Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, became the bestselling book in the United States in 2010, according to Publishers Weekly. By March 2015, his series had sold 80 million copies worldwide. Early life, family and education Stieg Larsson was born in Skelleftehamn, Västerbottens län, Sweden, the son of Erland Larsson (born 1935) and his wife Vivianne, née Boström (1937–1991). His father and maternal grandfather worked in the Rönnskärsverken smelting plant in Skelleftehamn. Suffering from arsenic poisoning, his father resigned from his job, and the family subsequently moved to Stockholm. However, because of their cramped living conditions, they chose to let one-year-old Larsson remain behind. Until the age of nine, Larsson lived with his grandparents in a small wooden house in the countryside, near the village of Bjursele in Norsjö Municipality, Västerbotten County. He attended the village school and used cross-country skis to get to and from school during the long, snowy winters in northern Sweden, experiences that he remembered fondly. In the book "There Are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larsson and Me, Eva Gabrielsson describes this as Larsson's motivation for setting part of his first novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in northern Sweden, which Gabrielsson calls "godforsaken places at the back of beyond."Larsson was not as fond of the urban environment in the city Umeå, where he resided with his parents after his grandfather, Severin Boström, died of a heart attack at age 50. Larsson earned a secondary diploma in social sciences in 1972. He applied to the Joint Colleges of Journalism in Stockholm, but he failed the entrance examination. In 1974, Larsson was drafted into the Swedish Army under the conscription law. He spent 16 months in compulsory military service, training as a mortarman in an infantry unit in Kalmar.His mother Vivianne also died early, in 1991, from complications of breast cancer and an aneurysm. Writing On his 12th birthday, Larsson's parents gave him a typewriter as a birthday gift.Larsson's first efforts at writing fiction were in the genre of science fiction. As an avid science fiction reader from an early age, he became active in Swedish science-fiction fandom around 1971; he co-edited, with Rune Forsgren, his first fanzine, Sfären, in 1972; and he attended his first science-fiction convention, SF•72, in Stockholm. Through the 1970s, Larsson published around 30 additional fanzine issues; after his move to Stockholm in 1971, he became active in the Scandinavian SF Society, of which he was a board member in 1978 and 1979, and chairman in 1980. In his first fanzines, 1972–74, he published a handful of early short stories, while submitting others to other semiprofessional or amateur magazines. He was co-editor or editor of several science-fiction fanzines, including Sfären and FIJAGH!; in 1978–79, he was president of the largest Swedish science-fiction fan club, Skandinavisk Förening för Science Fiction. An account of this period in Larsson's life, along with detailed information on his fanzine writing and short stories, is included in the biographical essays written by Larsson's friend John-Henri Holmberg in The Tattooed Girl, by Holmberg with Dan Burstein and Arne De Keijzer, 2011. In early June 2010, manuscripts for two such stories, as well as fanzines with one or two others, were noted in the Swedish National Library (to which this material had been donated a few years earlier, mainly by the Alvar Appeltofft Memorial Foundation, which works to further science-fiction fandom in Sweden). This discovery of what was called "unknown" works by Larsson generated considerable publicity. Activism and journalism While working as a photographer, Larsson became engaged in far-left political activism. He became a member of Kommunistiska Arbetareförbundet (Communist Workers' League), edited the Swedish Trotskyist journal Fjärde internationalen, journal of the Swedish section of the Fourth International. He wrote regularly for the weekly Internationalen.Larsson spent parts of 1977 in Eritrea, training a squad of female Eritrean People's Liberation Front guerrillas in the use of mortars. He was forced to abandon that work after he contracted a kidney disease. Upon his return to Sweden, he worked as a graphic designer at the largest Swedish news agency, Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå, between 1977 and 1999.Larsson's political convictions, as well as his journalistic experiences, led him to found the Swedish Expo Foundation, similar to the British Searchlight Foundation, established to "counteract the growth of the extreme right and the white power culture in schools and among young people." He also became the editor of the foundation's magazine, Expo, in 1995. When he was not at his day job, he worked on independent research into right-wing extremism in Sweden. In 1991, his research resulted in his first book, Extremhögern (The Extreme Right). Larsson quickly became instrumental in documenting and exposing Swedish extreme right and racist organisations. He was an influential debater and lecturer on the subject, reportedly living for years under death threats from his political enemies. The political party Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna) was a major subject of his research. Name change Larsson's first name was originally Stig, which is the standard spelling. In his early 20s, he changed it to avoid confusion with his friend Stig Larsson, who went on to become a well-known author well before Stieg did. The pronunciation is the same regardless of spelling. Death Larsson died of a heart attack after climbing the stairs to work on 9 November 2004. He was 50. He is interred at the Högalid Church cemetery in the district of Södermalm in Stockholm.In May 2008, it was announced that a 1977 will, found soon after Larsson's death, declared his wish to leave his assets to the Umeå branch of the Communist Workers League (now the Socialist Party). As the will was unwitnessed, it w.... Discover the Stieg Larsson popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Stieg Larsson books.

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  • Odd Numbers synopsis, comments

    Odd Numbers

    Anne Holt

    When bombs explode at the Islamic Cooperation Council’s headquarters in Oslo, detective Hanne Wilhelmsen is on the case in the ninth installment of the awardwinning series from Nor...

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    This Much is True

    Jane Sanderson

    'The best book I have read in a long, long time' Amazon reviewThe twisty, gripping novel about a shocking secret at the heart of a family, and a mother desperate to keep it hidden...

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    The Girl Who Lived Twice

    David Lagercrantz & George Goulding

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER Lisbeth Salander must face the most important battle of her life, and will finally put her past to rest in this Millennium series thriller that will “leav...

  • Beyond the Truth synopsis, comments

    Beyond the Truth

    Anne Holt

    In the seventh installment of the Hanne Wilhelmsen series “that demands to be readand the more quickly, the better” (Bookreporter), the brilliant female detective must untangle the...

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    In Dust and Ashes

    Anne Holt

    The final nailbiting installment in the tenpart, awardwinning Hanne Wilhelmsen seriesbestselling in Norway and throughout Europefrom Scandinavia’s most celebrated female crime writ...

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    Dead Girls

    Alice Bolin

    A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018An Edgar Award nominee for best critical / biographicalBest of 2018 according to Kirkus, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Portland Mer...

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    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy

    Stieg Larsson

    “Lisbeth Salander is one of the most original characters in a thriller to come along in a while.” The New York Times Stieg Larsson’s trilogy that began with The Girl with the Drago...

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    For the Lost

    Lina Bengtsdotter

    A MISSING CHILD In Karlstad, ninemonthold Beatrice is missing from her pram. Her parents are in shock and the media is in a frenzy. A PERSONAL STRUGGLE DI Charlie Lager is strug...

  • For the Missing synopsis, comments

    For the Missing

    Lina Bengtsdotter

    'A thriller that lingers in the memory' SUNDAY TIMES CRIME CLUB'Dark Nordic noir' THE i 'A global bestseller' SUNDAY TIMES The awardwinning, international bestselling Swedish crime...

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    No Echo

    Anne Holt

    When one of Oslo’s hottest celebrity chefs is murdered, Hanne Wilhelmsen is called back into action in “a nearly pitchperfect procedural layered over a moving exploration of reject...

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    The Sins of our Fathers

    Åsa Larsson & Frank Perry

    Winner of the Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year 2021 (Swedish Crime Writers' Academy)Winner of the Storytel Award for Best Suspense Novel 2021 Winner of the Adlibris Award for ...

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    The Tenant

    Katrine Engberg

    Selected as a Most Anticipated title by People, Parade, Bustle, CrimeReads, She Reads, and more!An electrifying work of literary suspense from internationally bestselling author Ka...

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    The Wolf and the Watchman

    Niklas Natt och Dag

    “The Alienist set in eighteenthcentury Stockholm: Brawny, bloody, intricate, enthrallingand the best historical thriller I’ve read in twenty years.” A.J. Finn, #1 bestselling autho...

  • The Kingdom synopsis, comments

    The Kingdom

    Jo Nesbø & Robert Ferguson

    INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER A tense and atmospheric standalone thriller about two brothers, one small town, and a lifetime of dark secrets, from the bestselling author of the Harry H...

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    Frozen Moment

    Camilla Ceder

    'Provincial detective Christian Tell is more sensitive than Henning Mankell's Wallender, while an extraordinary twist offers a women's take on Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander. Thi...

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    After the Crash

    Michel Bussi

    "Wonderfully ingenious and altogether satisfying."Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book ReviewJust after midnight on December 23, 1980, a night flight bound for Paris plummets toward...

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    The Chemist

    Stephenie Meyer

    In this gripping pageturner, an exagent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. She used to work for the U.S. government, ...

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    The Butterfly House

    Katrine Engberg

    Detectives Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner race to solve a series of sordid murders linked to some of the most vulnerable patients in a Danish hospital in this sequel to the #1 inte...

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    Dead Joker

    Anne Holt

    From Norway’s bestselling female crime writer, this installment in the Edgarnominated mystery series featuring the whipsmart detective Hanne Wilhelmsen is “an ideal readalike for f...

  • The Harbor synopsis, comments

    The Harbor

    Katrine Engberg

    “Reading Engberg feels like reading early Jo Nesbo, getting in on the ground of a major crimewriting career.” The New York Times Book ReviewThis third novel in the “thrilling, nerv...

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    Without a Trace

    Liza Marklund

    #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling Swedish author Liza Marklund delivers more topnotch, “edgeofyourseat suspense” (Harlan Coben) as her fearless journalist Annika Be...

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    For the Dead

    Lina Bengtsdotter

    DI Charlie Lager returns to investigate a longburied disappearance in this 'atmospheric', 'evocative' and 'arresting' pageturner of a procedural from the new Swedish queen of crime...

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    Stieg Larsson

    Kurdo Baksi

    WHO IS STIEG LARSSON? The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The Girl Who Played with Fire. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. In 2005, Lisbeth Salander exploded as a cultural icon, ...

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    Moving Target

    Ross Kemp

    Former Special Reconnaissance Regiment Sergeant Nick Kane always stands by his friends. So when an old comrade is leaned on by gangsters, Nick's only too happy to help. But Nick qu...

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    Blind Goddess

    Anne Holt

    The first book in Edgarnominated Anne Holt’s international bestselling mystery series featuring detective Hanne Wilhelmsen, last seen in 1222.A smalltime drug dealer is found batte...

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    Stieg Larsson

    Jan-Erik Pettersson

    Stieg Larssons former publisher reveals the real man behind the megabestselling Millennium Trilogya man who fought heroically for human rights, and who brought that same political ...

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    The Final Word

    Liza Marklund

    Liza Marklund, Scandinavia’s Queen of Crime, returns with the final novel in the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling Annika Bengtzon series.Annika Bengtzon has spent ...

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Stieg Larsson

    #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER  The thrilling first book in the Millennium series featuring Lisbeth Salander: “Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody psychodrama of a Berg...

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    The Girl Who Played with Fire

    Stieg Larsson

    #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposé on social injustice, this follow up to The Girl with the Drago...

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    Midwinter Blood

    Mons Kallentoft

    Meet police superintendent Malin Fors: Talented. Troubled. With a sixth sense for the truth. Join her on a manhunt that takes her to the darkest corners of the human heart in this ...

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    The Last Lullaby

    Carin Gerhardsen

    'Carin Gerhardsen writes so vividly, like she is painting with words, gripping your heart and soul' Peter James. Discover one of the best Scandinavian crime series since Jo Nesbo's...

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye synopsis, comments

    The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

    David Lagercrantz

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The Millennium series that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continues in this “engrossing” novel (USA Today) as brilliant hacker Lisbeth Saland...

  • Trophy synopsis, comments


    Steffen Jacobsen & Charlotte Barslund

    For Fans of Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Henning Mankell, a Gripping Nordic Thriller That Was a Bestseller in DenmarkAfter the death of her industrialist father, Elizabeth Casperse...

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    The Preacher

    Camilla Läckberg

    Hot on the heels of her phenomenal American debut, The Ice Princess, Camilla Läckberg brings readers back to the quiet, isolated fishing village in Sweden where dangerous secrets l...

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    Cinderella Girl

    Carin Gerhardsen

    Threeyearold Hanna wakes up to find she has been abandoned. Her family is gone. The house is locked. She is trapped.Meanwhile, a teenage girl has been found murdered aboard the Cin...

  • The Gingerbread House synopsis, comments

    The Gingerbread House

    Carin Gerhardsen

    From the same Swedish editorial team and publisher as Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy comes a sensational new crime writing talent Ingrid Olsson returns home from a Stockholm ho...