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Stieg Larsson

Karl Stig-Erland "Stieg" Larsson ( /stiːɡ ˈlɑrsən/; Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkaɭ ˈstiːɡ ˈæɭand ˈlaʂɔn]; 15 August 1954 – 9 November 2004) was a Swedish journalist and writer. He is best known for writing the "Millennium series" of crime novels, which were published posthumously. Larsson lived and worked much of his life in Stockholm, in the field of journalism and as an independent researcher of right-wing extremism. He was the second best-selling author in the world for 2008, behind Khaled Hosseini. By December 2011, his "Millennium series" had sold 65 million copies; its last part, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, became the most sold book in the United States in 2010 according to Publishers Weekly. Stieg Larsson was born in 1954 in Skelleftehamn near the northern Swedish city of Skellefteå, where at that time his father and maternal grandfather worked in the Rönnskärsverken smelting plant. After his father had to leave his job there, due to suffering from arsenic poisoning, the family moved to Stockholm but, because of their cramped living conditions in Stockholm, chose to let their one-year-old son remain behind with his grandparents.

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