From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Chapter 1 Summary How It All Goes Down
Friday, December 20 Meet Mikael Blomkvist, nickname Kalle Blomkvist. By the way, Kalle Blomkvist is the name of the junior detective in kids' books by Astrid Lindgren (of Pippi Longstocking fame). At the young age of 23, Blomkvist foils a gang of bank robbers the police couldn't catch. This case is the start of his career as a journalist and of the nickname. Right now (years later), Blomkvist is coming out of court. He's just been found guilty of publishing libelous material about a financier named Hans-Erik Wennerström. Blomkvist has to serve three months in jail and pay a fine of 150000 kronor (about $20,000). After answering questions from reporters, Blomkvist takes a bus to a café and listens to a news story about his conviction. Blomkvist is part-owner, as well as writer and publisher, of a magazine called Millennium. Blomkvist has never been convicted of a crime before. He fears his recent conviction will hurt the magazine. He's also afraid he might have to sell his Stockholm apartment to pay the fine. Blomkvist's old school friend Robert Lindberg gets Blomkvist interested in Wennerström eighteen months earlier. At that time, Lindberg tells Blomkvist that Wennerström is corrupt and that he might have stolen public funds. Since Blomkvist is a financial journalist who happens to investigate corrupt financial dealings, this is right up his alley. He begins looking into Wennerström.
People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...