THE TRUE CRIME BESTSELLER BY JAN STOCKLASSA

The Man Who Played With Fire

Stieg Larsson’s Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin

Ten years after Millennium author Stieg Larsson’s death, journalist Jan Stocklassa gained exclusive access to Larsson’s private archives, uncovering his unknown project—his research and investigation into the unsolved assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. Stocklassa picks up Larsson’s extensive research and quest to solve one of the most enigmatic murder mysteries in history.

THE BOOK

Published in over 50 countries

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THE STORY

Sweden’s biggest murder mystery

FIGHT RIGHT-WING EXTEREMISM 

The secret project of Millennium author Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson only wrote crime novels during the last four years of his life. His most important passion was the fight against right-wing extremism, which he began in his teens and continued until the day he died. His second largest passion was also secret: He started researching the unsolved murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme and he came close to a solution.

A NATIONAL TRAUMA

The murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme 

Olof Palme was Sweden’s greatest statesman of the 20th century, but as such he was both loved and hated. Internationally he was admired for his initiatives supporting third world countries and their independence. Both Cold War superpowers and some of their allies viewed him as a threat for the same reasons. On February 28, 1986, Olof Palme was gunned down on a Stockholm street walking home from the movie theater. The unsolved murder has haunted Sweden for more than three decades.

SOLVING THE CASE

Does the forgotten archive hold the key to the murder?

The morning after the murder, Stieg Larsson came to work as an illustrator for TT News Agency and was immediately assigned to make a map of the killer’s escape route. When the first suspect turned out to be a right-winger, Larsson used his own ongoing research into right-wing extremism to map possible connections. He started collecting material and continued until his death in 2004. Ten years later Jan Stocklassa found 20 moving boxes full of documents from Stieg Larsson’s archives.

TRACKING THE KILLER

The solution laid out by Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson had a firm theory about how the murder was carried out and who was involved. He submitted material to the police and met with them several times, but died before he could finalize the research. Jan Stocklassa has taken the information from his archives, met the people Stieg Larsson would have met, and found the evidence he would have found. If he had lived.

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THE AUTHOR

Jan Stocklassa
Jan Stocklassa is a Swedish author and journalist focusing on large-scale affairs in international politics. His break-through came with critically acclaimed bestseller ”Stieg Larsson’s Archive” published in English as ”The man who played with fire”, translated into 27 languages and sold in more than 50 countries. Swedish police are actively pursuing the leads presented in the book on the assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme.
Stocklassa’s first book ”Gripen by Prague” exposes corruption in connection with Saab and British Aerospace’s attempts to sell Saab’s supersonic jetfighters Gripen to the Czech Republic. In the aftermath of the book, police investigations were opened in seven countries.

THE MOVIE

Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire

When Jan Stocklassa found Stieg Larsson’s forgotten archive, nobody expected what the effects would be. In parallel to writing the book, Jan Stocklassa started the development of what would be become Sweden’s most expensive documentary ever.  
”Stieg Larsson – The Man who played with Fire” premiered in September of 2018 and was produced by B-reel Films ”After an idea by Jan Stocklassa”.
In January 2019, the movie participated in the competition for best international documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
THE MAN WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
2018, 1h 39m
After an idea by Jan Stocklassa
Directed by Henrik Georgsson
Produced by B-Reel Film
Contact
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jan@generalissimo.eu
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