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Gullberg, now officially retired from the Section, visits Birger Wadensjöö, the new head of the Section. Wadensjöö introduces him to Jonas Sandberg and Georg Nyström. They discuss the Zalachenko problem.
In the morning, a nurse finds Salander's pencil and takes it away. When Dr. Jonasson comes in, she confides in him that Zalachenko tried to kill her. He promises to visit again soon.
Meanwhile, Gullberg and the Section plan to get Ekström, the Stockholm prosecutor on their side. Then have Modig and Bublanski (obvious Salander sympathizers) removed from the investigation.
Officer Hans Faste (proven Salander-hater) can lead the investigation. They also need to steal all copies of Björck's report that show he conspired with Teleborian to have Salander committed to a psychiatric institution when she was only twelve.
After the meeting, Gullberg goes to Fredrik Clinton's house. Clinton is 68 and dying.
Gullberg convinces Clinton to do one last job for the Section.
Gullberg brings Clinton back to the Section and more scheming ensues. The Section decides to keep Blomkvist and Giannini under surveillance and steal their copies of Björck's report.
Gullberg thinks he has a plan to convince Zalachenko to keep their secrets.
Erlander and Modig visit Salander. She agrees to have Giannini as her lawyer and says she doesn't know where Niedermann is. She realizes they don't know he's her brother.
They tell Salander that Zalachenko filed a complaint of attempted murder against her.
Modig tells her they don't believe Zalachenko.
Salander can't believe how polite they are. They must have some hidden agenda.