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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