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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Chapter 16 Summary

How It All Goes Down

Sunday, June 1 – Tuesday, June 10

  • Six months into Blomkvist's investigation, he gets three new leads. Here are the first two.
  • First, Blomkvist notices something new about a photo of Harriet at the Children's Day parade. She seems to be looking at something beyond the camera, in horror.
  • He goes into Hedestad and finds the spot the shot was taken from.
  • The next day he has Henrik get him access to the photo archives of The Hedestad Courier.
  • Their photographers took the pictures of the Children's Day parade, Hedeby, and the tanker accident. He wants to see if there are photos Henrik doesn't have in the albums.
  • Sunday morning, he scans all the photos he doesn't presently have.
  • He goes back to Hedeby to examine them. He finds a new picture showing Harriet's bedroom, right around the time of her disappearance.
  • There's a face in the window, a face that looks like Cecilia's. He can even make out her clothes. He's worried and wonders what other lies she's told him.
  • He wakes in the night with another discovery. He jumps out of bed and looks at the photo of Harriet looking at something which scares her.
  • In the photo are a man and a woman holding a camera, taking a picture of whatever Harriet is looking at.
  • Now Blomkvist has to find the woman and see if she still has the picture. He finds another picture of the couple in the collection. They're getting into a car.
  • The license plate is only partially visible, but there's a sticker on their window. Blomkvist makes out that it says, "NORSJÖ SNICKERIFABRIK" (16.103).

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