David Lagercrantz won’t be finished with the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series after The GIrl in the Spider’s Web. In a statement from publisher Nordstedts, Lagercrantz, who took over the series when original author Stieg Larsson died, says he “just can’t resist” keeping the series alive. “It’s been so much fun to write and such a breathtaking adventure,” he says.
According to the publisher, the fifth book will come out in 2017 and the sixth book will follow in probably 2019.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web sold over 200,000 copies in its first week and quickly became a best seller.
Lagercrantz spoke to EW about the book’s release this summer and when asked if Larsson had left any outlines for the series behind he said, “No, the only notes I used were the ones I took reading the first three books. I’m kind of a Larsson nerd, so I found lots of threads that I’m sure he would have developed.” He continued, “Then, of course, there are questions about the mythology of Lisbeth Salander. She’s such an extraordinary character. Her childhood: her evil father beating and raping her mother, Lisbeth fighting back. There are so many questions we haven’t had an answer for yet. Why is she such a good hacker, for example? Things like that.”