Ekström is the Swedish prosecutor who wants to see Salander locked up for life. He believes everything bad ever said about her. In this book, he becomes a pawn in the Section's game, defending Teleborian and condemning Salander. When the truth comes to light in court, he is forced to admit, at least to himself, that he made a mistake. After Teleborian is discredited and arrested, Ekström looks at Salander and thinks, "She is a victim, pure and simple" (28.15).