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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Chapter 2 Summary How It All Goes Down
Friday, December 20 Meet Dragan Armansky, the 56-year-old CEO and COO of Milton Security, an international company specializing in four areas: 1) identifying threats, 2) security systems, 3) bodyguards, and 4) privately investigating people. Now meet 24-year-old Lisbeth Salander, the best investigator Armansky's ever known. Salander drives him crazy and doesn't fit in at conservative Milton Securities. She looks like a teen, and has piercings and tattoos, including one of a wasp on her neck and a dragon on her shoulder. Holger Palmgren, a lawyer who helps kids with problems, convinced Armansky to hire her. She has zero social skills, but she gets results. So, she works freelance and makes her own rules. Today, Salander and Armansky are meeting with a lawyer named Dirch Frode, who hired Milton Security to investigate Mikael Blomkvist. Salander tells Frode that Blomkvist is 42 years old, is part-owner of Millennium, and has written two books on corrupt financiers. He's an excellent journalist who fights financial corruption. He has a fairly stable income, but will be hurting after paying all of his court fines. He seems completely honest, moral, and incorruptible. Salander tells Frode and Armansky that she thinks that Blomkvist was probably set up in the Wennerström affair. He wouldn't publish slanderous-type material unless he believed it was true. Frode asks Salander if she can investigate the Wennerström affair, and she says she can. Finishing up her summary, she tells Frode that Blomkvist was married to Monica Abrahamson in 1986, and got divorced from her in 1991. They have a daughter named Pernilla, who now lives with her mom. Blomkvist is a ladies' man, and is in a long-standing romantic relationship with the editor-in-chief of Millennium, Erika Berger. Berger is married to the artist Greger Beckman, who knows about the relationship and doesn't mind. But, it might have been a problem for Monica Abrahamson.
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