Stieg Larsson shared details on his fourth "Dragon Tattoo" novel

Stieg Larsson died before the overwhelming global success of his "Millennium" novels – but not before sharing a few details about the fourth book in the series.

Will "Dragon Tattoo" fans ever have a chance to get to know Camilla, the twin sister said to star in the fourth novel of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" series?

At least for now, all we have are the wildly successful first three books: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played with Fire," and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." But Swedish journalist-turned-novelist Stieg Larsson had actually intended that his "Millennium" series would include at least five books, a plan cut short by his death in 2004.

Now, however, friends of Larsson's have come forward with details about what they say is a partially complete fourth book by Larsson. Larsson pal Kurdo Baksi is reported to have told Swedish newspaper Expressen that the fourth novel is set on the Banks Island in Canada – an intriguingly remote spot said to be home to more musk-ox than people – and features heroine Lisbeth Salander's twin sister Camilla. (So far Camilla has only been seen briefly in "The Girl Who Played with Fire.")

Last summer John-Henri Holmberg, another friend of Larsson's, also told the press about the setting of the fourth book in northern Canada – something he said Larsson discussed with him by e-mail.

"Millennium" mystery: Will there be a fourth Stieg Larsson novel – or not?

For now, however, such details are nothing better than teasers to Larsson's many fans. Larsson's long-time partner Eva Gabrielsson is locked in a bitter battle with Larsson's father and brother over the rights to his literary estate. Gabrielsson says she has the manuscript of the fourth book and can finish it – but it cannot be published without the consent of the author's family, which does not seem to be forthcoming.

For the moment, the only sure bet that Larsson fans have to look forward to is the December, 2011, release of the American film version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig.

Marjorie Kehe is the Monitor's book editor.

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