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The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire


by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Played With Fire Chapter 17 Summary

How It All Goes Down

Easter Sunday, March 27 – Tuesday, March 29

  • Blomkvist decides the best way to get in touch with Salander is by writing her a letter, and leaving it for her in a file in his own computer.
  • He knows she has access to his computer, and hopes she still monitors it.
  • In the letter, he says that he doesn't think she's the killer, that he's investigating the other suspects, and that if she needs a lawyer, his sister Annika is available for her.
  • He asks her for information on how Dag and Mia are connected with Bjurman.
  • Dragan Armansky is also investigating the triple murder. He assigns his employees Sonny Bohman and Niklas Hedström to work with the police as consultants.
  • Armansky doesn't think Salander is innocent, but he does believe there's an explanation.
  • The police investigation team meets with Dr. Peter Teleborian from St. Stefan's Psychiatric Clinic. Teleborian is one of the most famous psychiatrists in Sweden.
  • Teleborian oversaw Salander's treatment when she was committed to St. Stefan's in 1991.
  • He tells the police he's not surprised she's a killer; she should have stayed institutionalized.
  • He admits there's no "complete diagnosis" (17.141) of Salander, because she never submitted to testing, or participated in her own treatment.
  • But, she has a long history of violence, beginning in grade school.
  • He calls her an "egomaniacal psychopath" (17.155) who might well react violently if the police try to arrest her.

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