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Lisbeth Salander

Salander is the star of this show. Readers can't get enough of this pint-sized dynamo with a photographic memory, legendary detection and hacking skills, and lots of reasons to seek revenge. As dis...

Mikael Blomkvist

Our reluctant detective is back! Like Salander, he's partially based on an Astrid Lindgren Character, Kalle Blomkvist, a kid detective. In The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Blomkvist publishes The M...

Alexander Zalachenko (Zala)

Zala is Salander's dad, and The Girl Who Played With Fire's villainous mastermind. He was orphaned when he was a year old, during World War II and raised in the Russian military. His Swedish pseudo...

Ronald Niedermann

Were you totally surprised to learn that Niedermann is Salander's half-brother? We were, and so was Salander! Niedermann is a pretty outrageous character. As Paolo Roberto discovers, Niedermann has...

Curt Andersson

Andersson is another police officer on Bublankski's investigation team and a good cop.

Dragan Armansky

Dragan is the CEO of Milton Security and Salander's former boss. He and Salander aren't sure what to make of each other. There's a degree of attraction, and a degree of mutual respect, but also a d...

Greger Beckman

Greger is Erika's husband. He's an artist, an art historian, a professor, and has several published works of non-fiction.

Erika Berger

Erika is editor in chief of Millennium magazine. In Fire she's been offered a job as editor in chief of a high profile newspaper, and she's trying to figure out how to tell Blomkvist she's taking t...

Gunnar Björck

Björck is Zala's main contact in the Security Police. He's also one of the "johns" Dag plans to expose in his book about the sex trade to be published by Millennium. Dag isn't able to intervie...

Advokat Nils Erik Bjurman

Bjurman is a lawyer and Salander's guardian after Holger Palmgren has a stroke. He rapes Salander brutally in Tattoo, but she records the rape and is using it to keep him under control until he can...

George Bland

George Bland is the sixteen-year-old Salander has an affair with in Grenada. The age of consent in Sweden is fifteen, but in Grenada it's eighteen. While Salander might not know this, her creator a...

Sonny Bohman

Sonny is a former policeman employed at Milton Security and on the team Armansky assigns to investigate the murders of Dag, Mia, and Bjurman.

Jan Bublanski

Criminal Investigator Bublanski (nicknamed Officer Bubble) is a police officer. He's investigating the murders of Dag, Mia, and Bjurman. He seems basically sensible, but is way behind Blomkvist in...

Henry Cortez

Henry is a part-time journalist at Millennium. He's a minor character and seems like a nice guy.

Richard Ekström

Prosecutor Ekström loves publicity. He leaks information about Salander's case to the media and helps makes Salander's story seem sensational. He seems ready to convict Salander of murdering D...

Malin Eriksson

Malin is managing editor of Millennium. She works with Blomkvist on Millennium's investigations into Dag and Mia's murders. She's the one who figures out Zala's address and gives it to Blomkvist so...

Hans Faste

Faste is the bad seed in Bublanski's team. He seems to despise all women, including his fellow police officer Sonja Modig. He especially despises Salander and wants to see her caught and punished s...

Geraldine Forbes

Geraldine Forbes is the woman Salander hears being abused at night in the hotel room next to hers while she's in Grenada. Geraldine's husband, Richard Forbes, tries to murder her for her inheritanc...

The Reverend Dr. Richard Forbes

Richard Forbes is an American who tries to murder his wife for his inheritance, but is stopped by Salander. He dies, we think, because Salander knocks him unconscious on the beach during the hurric...

Johan Fraklünd

Fraklünd is chief of Milton Security's operations unit and a former criminal inspector. He's on the team Armansky assigns to consult with the police and investigate the murders of Dag, Mia, an...

Annika Blomkvist Giannini

Annika is Blomkvist's sister and an attorney. She drives Blomkvist to Dag and Mia's the night Blomkvist finds Dag and Mia murdered. She's married to Enriko Giannini, and they have two children toge...

Ines Hammujärvi

Ines is a young woman who was forced into the sex trade. She is repeatedly raped by the journalist Sandström when she's sixteen.

Niklas Hedström

Hedström works at Milton Security and is assigned to the team investigating the murders of Dag, Mia, and Bjurman. He wanted to be a policeman, but a heart problem kept him of the force. He's v...

Jerker Holmberg

Jerker is another policeman on Bublankski's investigation team and a good cop.

Mia Johansson

Mia is a doctoral student about to defend her dissertation From Russia With Love, which explores how sex workers are treated by the Swedish courts. Like her live-in boyfriend Dag, she's murdered by...

Lotta Karim

Lotta is a part-time journalist at Millennium. She's a minor character in this novel and is shown positively.

Carl-Magnus Lundin

Lundin is president of Svavelsjö Motorcycle Club (Svavelsjö MC). He sells drugs and does other jobs for Zala and Niedermann. Niedermann gives him the job of kidnapping Salander for Zala,...

Christer Malm

Christer is Millennium's art director and designer. He's in a relationship with Arnold Magnusson.

Sonja Modig

Modig seems like a sensible detective. As the facts come out, she begins to doubt Salander's guilt. However, because she's a woman, Modig isn't always taken entirely seriously by her colleagues, es...

Sonny Nieminen

Sonny is a member of Svavelsjö Motorcycle Club (Svavelsjö MC) and partners with Lundin. He's involved in trying to kidnap Salander.

Monika Nillson

Monika is a journalist at Millennium, another minor character shown positively.

Cilla Norén and The Evil Fingers

Cilla was lead singer in the rock band the Evil Fingers, which the media and the police come to believe is a group of lesbian Satan worshipers. She's one of Salander's first friends, along with the...

Karl Evert Norgren

Karl is the known sex offender who attacked Salander in the metro station a few years back. When she defended herself, she was arrested for assault. When Karl's past record surfaced, she was releas...

Irena P.

Irena is a young woman working in the sex trade. She was interviewed by Mia Johansson for Mia's dissertation and is one of the people who mentioned the name Zala. After she mentions the name Zala t...

Holger Palmgren

Holger is Salander's first guardian. They have a positive father-daughter type relationship, and Salander actually seems to trust him. In Tattoo, Salander thinks Holger is dead. In Fire, she learns...

Harry and Atho Ranta

Harry and Atho are pimps, major players in the Swedish sex trade. Harry and Atho arrange for Sandström to rape Ines Hammujärvi repeatedly when she doesn't cooperate with them.

Paolo Roberto

Paolo is a real person. He's a boxer, an actor, and a politician, to name a few things, and he plays himself in the Swedish film adaptation of Fire. In this novel, he's also a friend of Salander's,...

Agneta Sofia Salander

Agneta, Salander's mother, dies in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo of a massive brain hemorrhage. She's a tragic figure who spent the last twenty years of her life in a nursing home. In Tattoo, we'...

Camilla Salander

Camilla is Salander's twin sister. She's hasn't been seen since their seventeenth birthday, and she and Salander don't get along. Apparently, she's very beautiful, and also, believe it or not, some...

Per-Ǻke Sandström

Sandström is a journalist involved with underage prostitutes. Dag exposes him in his book and magazine article. Salander tortures him (just a little) to try to get information on Zala.

Tony Scala

Tony is the journalist most responsible for the scandalous newspaper headlines about Salander, Mimmi, and their friends.

Dag Svensson

Dag is the journalist writing an exposé on the Swedish sex trade which will make public the names of police officers, journalists, and politicians who slept with prostitutes or were involved i...

Dr. Peter Teleborian

Teleborian was Salander's psychiatrist when was in St. Stephan's Hospital as a child. He's the man responsible for her being kept in restrains in a stimulus free room. Now he runs St. Stephan's. He...

Harriet Ulrika Vanger

Harriet is now part owner of Millennium magazine and is in a casual sexual relationship with Blomkvist. She's a central figure in Tattoo when Blomkvist is hired by her uncle to find out why she dis...

Miriam (Mimmi) Wu

Mimmi is Salander's friend and one of her sexual partners. She's a sociology student, who works at Domino Fashion, an erotic boutique, and writes articles of interest to GLBT readers from time to t...
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