Larsson's friend, Kurdo Baski shed some light on the story behind the Girl Who books:
A year after Stieg's death from a heart attack, the journalist in me was still asking questions. No human being is capable of working as hard as he did. Did he do it to achieve ambitious goals or was it a form of escapism? Stieg had so many secrets - the most extreme was the trilogy that he wrote at night. That was unusual enough, but stranger still was the fact that he waited to complete three thumping great novels before submitting them to a publisher.One interesting tidbit in the article: Larsson's original title for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was Men Who Hate Women, and he refused to change it on the original Swedish edition. And you'll be comforted to know, me hearties, the trilogy was roundly and soundly rejected before it found the right publisher. Click here to read the rest.