Stieg Larsson was the editor of political magazine Expo, having previously worked at a major news agency. He was a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist organisations - a specialism that reportedly earned him death threats and political enemies.
Larsson's sudden and unexpected death in November 2004 came the year before the publication of his debut crime novel The Girl with the Dragon, the first instalment in his posthumously published Millennium trilogy. The Millenium trilogy has now sold in huge quantities around the world and Larsson's success has played a huge part in breaking the market for other Scandinavian crime writers such as Jo Nesbo and Henning Mankell.
The Millenium triology has been continued by Swedish journalist, David Lagercrantz with The Girl in the Spider's Web, based on Larsson's notes, and the latest installment The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye.