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Fifth book in Millennium series underway

dpadpa 20/04/2016

The writer of the fifth book in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series says the new installment, to be published next year, will have a "hard-boiled" style.

A fifth installment in the late Swedish crime writer Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium series is under way and will have a "hard-boiled" style, the author says.

Writer David Lagercrantz said he aimed to use "an easier, more hard-boiled touch" in the new book.

"I feel like I have a tendency to be snobbish about my knowledge of popular science," he told the daily Dagens Nyheter.

"I showed signs of that in Millennium 4, where I wanted to write about black holes and all kinds of different things," he added, referring to The Girl in the Spider's Web published in August.

There will not be as many prime numbers in the new novel, and the style will be more like that of Raymond Chandler or the 2011 semi-autobiography of Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic that he co-wrote.

The author said he was revising the first 200 pages as it was "so much harder to write hard-boiled fiction than I thought."

"You have to vary the sentences, even if they are short," he said.

The new book was to be translated into 56 languages and go on sale in the autumn of 2017. Lagercrantz's deadline is February 2017.

Larsson, a journalist turned novelist who died of a heart attack in 2004, achieved posthumous success with his Millennium Trilogy, which sold over 80 million copies worldwide.

The trilogy has also been made into films, one of which is a Hollywood remake starring James Bond actor Daniel Craig.

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