“There Are Things I Want You to Know” about Stieg Larsson and Me is written by the long-time companion — but alas not wife of Stieg Larsson, the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo and the rest of the trilogy, and it is a strange mix of a great love story (very soberly told), many insights on how the books came about and the personality and life of the man who wrote them (very satisfying to the eager reader of said books), and the sordid treatment of Eva by Stieg’s family after his death, when his father and brother (legally, but with apparently a mean spirit) essentially stripped her of all legal connections with Stieg’s financial or literary estate.
The love story is formidable. The biography illuminates many of the attractive and mysterious aspects of the trilogy, in particular the troubling far-right groups depicted in it as well as the strong feminist streak, rather unusual with a male author, and I loved that. Unfortunately the family dispute ends up sounding simply bitter and whiny, although my sympathies lay on the author’s side. A fair warning to all of us to set up our legal affairs before we ever think it’s necessary.