Stieg Larsson is best known for writing the critically acclaimed Millennium series, which shot to fame with the publication of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2005. Stieg had just finished working on the second two instalments before he died unexpectedly and the two novels were published to equal acclaim. Before he became a novelist, Larsson spent much of his life as a journalist and, it has now been revealed, was investigating the 1986 assassination of the Swedish prime minister Olof Palme.
Right up until his death, Larsson had been investigating the murder of Palme, who was assassinated after leaving a cinema with his wife. The culprit was never caught but Larsson left behind 20 boxes of research in his private archive and had even identified a potential suspect to the police. Larsson had a history of tracking far-right groups in Sweden and had to take precautions, including not marrying his partner of 32 years, Eva Gabrielsson, as their address would then be public, as required by Swedish law. As The Guardian reports, Gabrielsson stated in 2014 that she and her partner has spent most of the year following Palme’s murder trying to find the culprit.
It has since been announced by Amazon’s literature in translation imprint Amazon Crossing, that it had acquired the publishing rights to The Man Who Played With Fire by Jan Stocklassa, translated by Tara F Chace. Stocklassa, who is responsible for producing a recent documentary under the same title about Larsson’s work on far-right groups. Amazon Crossing states the upcoming book contains “new facts about the case and reveals the hitherto unknown research … in a fascinating true crime story.”
The book’s senior editor, Elizabeth DeNoma, stated it was “about one of the most gripping unsolved murder mysteries of modern times, investigated by one of the most well-known authors of all time … We can’t wait to share this story with Stieg Larsson’s English-language fans who will be struck by the parallels between the famous author and his famous character, Mikael Blomkvist.” The book is set to be published later this year in October.
Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!
All of these novels are by debut authors, and they should all have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page, as all the best suspense novels do!
When the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City was opened in March 1990, it was declared “the eighth wonder of the world” by the owner. Despite the fact it was in deep debt before it had even opened, Donald Trump declared it the saviour of Atlantic City. Unfortunately the insurmountable debt would never be overcome, and Trump’s promises were unfounded. The casinos went from employing thousands and bringing in a third of the city’s gambling revenues to being accused of money laundering and being prepared for demolition. The city soon became a ghost town when the casinos collapsed under the weight of their own unsustainable economics, and many who helped set it up have still not been paid for their work.
The book will be published worldwide in several languages and is due for release in September of this year.
As well as songwriting, Mitchell is an artist in other ways. Her poetry, drawings, and paintings are soon to be released to the public in a brand new anthology. The book, Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, is a must-have for Joni Mitchell fans as it includes hand-written lyrics and paintings. The anthology was created originally as a Christmas gift for close friends and family in the year her album Blue topped the charts.