The Author Who Ruled the Bestseller Lists
Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) is the author of the Millennium Trilogy Thrillers, a series of three thrillers, which was published after his death in 2004. By 2010, the thrillers had sold 27 million copies in 40 countries.
Larsson, a journalist and left-wing activist in his youth, founded the Swedish Expo Foundation and edited its magazine, Expo. Expo's purpose was to document right-wing political activity with the aim of curtailing it. He faced serious threats of violence from those he campaigned against. When investigating the murder of a labor leader by neo-Nazis, the police found information about Larsson in the murderer's apartment.
Larsson died of a heart attack at age 50. Rumors that he was a victim of foul play have been denied.
When Larsson died, he had finished writing three novels. He is said to have finished three-quarters of a fourth novel and left extensive notes for several more.
Larsson, an avid science fiction fan, was the chairman of the Scandinavian science fiction society.
He lived with his life-partner, Eva Gabrielsson, whom he met at an anti-Vietnam War rally when he was 18.
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