The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Chapter 5 Summary
How It All Goes Down
Sunday, April 10
Blomkvist and Berger (long-time lovers) spend Saturday night together catching up.
On Sunday, Blomkvist meets with Dragan Armansky, CEO of Milton Security, where Salander used to work as a private investigator. Armansky is on Salander's side, as long as he doesn't have to do anything illegal.
In the evening, a 78-year-old man named Evert Gullberg comes to Stockholm and checks into a hotel. He drinks whisky and reflects on his career with the Security Police, known as Säpo, where he's worked his whole life.
In the 1960s, Gullberg is head of a top secret section (a.k.a. the Section) within the Security Police.
Gullberg can and does investigate and spy on anybody in Sweden, including public officials, and other members of Säpo, without having to ask for approval.
It is the Section that gets Zalachenko, an ex-Russian spy, a new identity, and then covers up the crimes that the violent and crazy Zalachenko commits.
After a while, Zalachenko calms down. Unfortunately, he keeps beating up his girlfriend, Agneta Salander, even though the Section orders him to stay away from her.
Things get really bad when Zalachenko's daughter, Lisbeth Salander, throws a gasoline bomb on Zalachenko after he beats her mother unconscious.
If Salander's story is investigated, the Section's existence could be discovered, and its role in covering Zalachenko's crimes could become a huge scandal.
To quiet twelve-year-old Lisbeth Salander, Björck gets a psychiatrist, Peter Teleborian, who had worked for Säpo before, to have Salander committed to a psychiatric hospital.
After that, Zalachenko fades from Gullberg's life.
Back in the present, Gullberg muses about how Zalachenko and his daughter threaten the very existence of the Section, and Säpo itself.
Meanwhile, Zalachenko has made it to Salander's hospital room and is listening at her door.
She hears him and wishes she had a weapon so she could kill him.
She sees a pencil on the nurse's table and with some difficulty gets her hands on it. Then she falls back asleep.