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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 26 Summary

How It All Goes Down

Wednesday, April 6

  • In light of the information provided by Miriam and Paolo, the police must reassess their strategy.
  • The police follow Paolo's directions to the warehouse in the country. It's been burned down.
  • The police need to find the identities of the ponytailed man, the blond giant, and Zala.
  • They might all be involved in the sex trade. They decide not to tell the press about Paolo.
  • Hedström promptly leaks the story on Paolo and Miriam to Scala, and Modig is blamed.
  • Salander, dressed as Irene, rides the bus and then walks about a mile to Bjurman's cabin.
  • The blond giant is upset. Things are going wrong. The giant didn't want Zala involved with Bjurman, but Zala sees it as a chance to hurt Salander.
  • Flashback to the night of the murders. The giant is at Bjurman's when Dag calls, asking about Zala.
  • The giant kills Bjurman, because he has too much information, then kills Dag and Mia.
  • By accident, he drops the gun he took from Bjurman at Dag and Mia's apartment.
  • The flashback ends.
  • Meanwhile, at the burned-down warehouse, the police find buried bodies.
  • Salander is in Bjurman's cabin, reading the files he has on her.
  • She finds the police report from 1991, and some letters between Björck and Peter Teleborian.
  • She realizes that Björck told Teleborian to institutionalize Salander.
  • Salander takes the most important papers and leaves the cabin.
  • Meanwhile, Bublanski discovers that Hedström is the leak and exposes him.
  • Mage Lundin and Sonny Nieminen are on motorcycles outside of Bjurman's house, when Salander walks out the door. She tells them to leave her alone. She's in a foul mood.
  • She maces Lundin and kicks him in the crotch, the face, and takes him down.
  • She kicks and tasers Nieminen. After Lundin calls her a "whore" (26.204) she shoots him in the foot with Nieminen's gun. Then she rides away with the gun on Lundin's Harley.

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