The Girl Who Played With Fire
How we cite our quotes:
"I don't wonder at Lisbeth's absolute refusal to talk to psychiatrists or the authorities […]. Every time she did, it only made matters worse. […] She, a child all by herself, tried to save her mother's life and defend herself against a psychopath. […] And instead of saying 'well done' and 'good girl' they locked her up in an asylum. (28.110)
At first, Salander actually tells everybody exactly why she lights Zala on fire. Her unconscious, brain-damaged mother is the proof that she was acting to defend a person who the law already stopped caring about in favor of a criminal. All of this is a horrible crime committed by people sworn to uphold the law.