Stieg Larsson's Colleague: Final Book Was 70 Percent Done

The new rumor has the book far more complete than first reported

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The long-rumored fourth book in Swedish author Stieg Larsson's "Dragon Tattoo" series is far closer to finished than has previously been rumored, said his former colleague, Kurdo Baksi. The Guardian reported on Monday that Baksi, speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said Larsson was 70 percent finished with his final novel when he died of a heart attack in 2004. Larsson's longtime partner, Eva Gabrielsson, has said the novel was only 30 percent finished and didn't "hang together." The Guardian report quoted Baksi as saying "It is at 260 pages at the moment--about 70% complete. Eva has said the book is not so complete. She took the book after Stieg died and showed it to me and his father." The novel "strongly features Camilla Salander, the twin of the series's protaganist Lisbeth, and is set 'between Ireland, Sweden and the US,'" Baksi reportedly said.

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