David Lagercrantz is a Swedish journalist and author from Solna, Stockholm. He read religion and philosophy in university before graduating with a journalism degree from the Gothenburg School of Journalism. After several years practicing as a reporter in a regional newspaper, he published his first work in 1997 and has been writing ever since. Aside from his biographies, his novels are mainly in the crime mystery thriller genre.
Order of Millennium Series
|1||The Girl in the Spider's Web||2015|
|2||The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye||2017|
Order of David Lagercrantz Standalone Novels
|1||Fall of Man in Wilmslow||2009|
Order of David Lagercrantz Non-Fiction Books
David Lagercrantz was born in September 4th 1962 to parents well respected in Swedish academia, his father a publisher as well as a scholar, and his maternal grandfather was Hans Ruin, the Swedish philosopher. He was raised just outside the Swedish capital city of Stockholm, and lived a very much upper-class lifestyle, which he later claimed caused him several problems in his professional career, as his peers were almost polar opposites to him in terms of his upbringing, even though he held many of the left-wing views his contemporaries held.
Lagencrantz headed off to university, and looked to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps by studying philosophy, as well as religion at university. He attended Gothenburg journalism school, where he graduated in the mid ’80s. Upon leaving university, David Lagercrantz went to work for Swedish car-making giant Volvo for their company magazine. Following his time at Volvo, Lagercrantz moved into tabloid journalism with the Expressen newspaper. While at the Expressen newspaper, Lagercrantz covered the crime beat, and was involved in covering many notable murders of the time, for which he earned a reputation in journalism circles.
While David Lagencrantz has achieved success as a journalist, he has also gained success in writing non-fiction books, his first being Ultimate High, which is a biography of the famed mountaineer Goran Kropp. Lagencrantz wrote the biography along with Kropp, and it achieved reasonable success in his home country of Sweden. His biographical success continued, as he was a ghost writer for I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a biography of the famed Swedish footballer.
Following his success in non-fiction, David Lagercrantz also gained success in writing non-fiction, with his breakthrough coming from Fall of Man in Wilmslow, which is a novel based around the life and times of the mathematician Alan Turing. It was a great departure from his other work, but it also brought him to the attention of a global audience.
And with that success, Lagerncrantz was approached to continue the Millennium series of novels, which was started by Stieg Larsson. In August 27th 2015, the fourth book in the Mullennium series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, was published. Although it is technically published as a stand-alone piece of fiction, Lagencrantz did continue some of the plot lines that Larsson had created in the first three books of the series.
David Lagercrantz is best known as the author of The Millennium series of novels and as a biographer of the rich and famous. Apart from the fourth and fifth books of the Millennium series, he is known for penning, “I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic”, the biography of Sweden’s most accomplished footballer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Even as he had written several Swedish language novels in the early 2000s, his first ever successful novel was “Fall of Man in Wilmslow” that was published in 2009, and went on to become one of the most popular fictionalized biographies ever.
DAVID LAGERCRANTZ AWARDS
Lagercrantz’s works have made the shortlist for and won several awards and accolades over the years. “I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic” made the shortlist for the 2013 William Hill Sport Book of the Year Awards, and the 2012 August Prize. His most successful and most popular novel to date, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” won 2015’s Best Thriller Award by Esquire Magazine, and made the shortlist for the 2016 Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year at the Petrona Awards.
DAVID LAGERCRANTZ BOOKS INTO TV/MOVIES
The fourth novel in the Millennium series of novels, The Girl in the Spider’s Web is set to be adapted into a movie by Columbia pictures. Steven Knight will produce the film with Fede Alvarez in the director’s chair. The film is expected to hit movie theaters in late 2018.
BEST DAVID LAGERCRANTZ BOOKS
Three of David Lagercrantz most highly regarded works include:
The Girl in the Spider’s Web: The fourth novel of the popular millennium series of novels the antagonist as an uncompromising misfit, genius hacker, and girl with the dragon tattoo. The protagonist is Blomkvist, a journalist whose crusade for justice almost always makes him the target of persecution. Late one night an important source contacts him to inform him that a young female super hacker could have vital information that the US intelligence services could use. Piecing the description of the hacker together, Blomkvist immediately determines the hacker to be an acquaintance of his. But when he approaches Salander, he finds that true to type, she wants to use the information for her own ends. After some convincing, she agrees to share the information, but the two now find themselves inside a tangled web cybercriminals, spies and governments, and someone who is prepared to kill to keep some dark secrets hidden.
The Girl who Takes An Eye for An Eye: The fifth novel of the Millennium series of novels features our favorite protagonists Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salamander. Lisbeth has been hardened by horrific abuse and a brutal childhood that have made her very unforgiving. Now incarcerated at the Flodberga prison, she is still fighting the war for justice by putting the free time and her exceptional computer hacking skills to use. Mikael Blomkvist visits her every week seeking important information that Millennium may put to use. It is not long before they hit jackpot as Slander manages to find important information linking a seemingly reputable stockbroker in her hometown with the death of a child psychologist at the facility where Lisbeth was housed as a child. Even as she comes closer to understanding the events of her horrible childhood, she still fights for justice in the face of religious and racial conflicts that are rife in the prison.
Fall of Man in Wilmslow: The freestanding novel is an electrifying thriller that opens with a fictional account of the death of Alan Turing. It then pans out to the tribulations of a young detective who wakes up to find that several of his English colleagues have defected to the USSR running away from a witch-hunt against homosexuals in the UK. As such, it is no surprise when Alan Turing one of the foremost Mathematicians in the UK and a homosexual is discovered dead in his home – with his death declared a suicide. But Detective sergeant Leonard Corell does not buy the story and believes there is more to it than the authorities are telling. Despite being forbidden from investigating the high-profile case, he goes ahead and soon uncovers a trove of dark secrets from the war, after cracking the Nazi’s Enigma Code. But two developments in his life soon find him running for his life after he is sanctioned and declared a threat to national security.
David Lagercrantz FAQs
Q: What nationality is the author David Lagercrantz?
A: The author David Lagercrantz is Swedish.
Q: What is the name of David Lagercrantz book in the Millennium series of books?
A: The book David Lagercrantz wrote for the Millennium series is called The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which was published in 2015.