The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Chapter 24 Summary
How It All Goes Down
Friday, July 11 – Saturday, July 12
- Turns out, Martin brings immigrant women and prostitutes to his dungeon. Women who won't be missed.
- When Blomkvist had dinner here, there was a woman in the dungeon.
- When Martin's done with the women, he kills them and throws their bodies in the ocean from his yacht.
- His father, who taught him to rape and kill, killed the first seven women on Blomkvist's list, and Martin the eighth.
- Martin loves planning the kidnappings and raping the women. The killing is just a byproduct.
- At the archives, Salander realizes Martin is probably a killer. She sees missed calls from Blomkvist and she tries to call him. At the guesthouse she realizes Blomkvist went Martin's.
- Meanwhile, in the dungeon, Martin tells Blomkvist he didn't kill Harriet and doesn't know who did.
- They tried to make Harriet a killer, but she refused. Martin wanted to kill her but didn't.
- Martin puts a tight leather noose around Blomkvist's neck, makes him stand up, and chains the noose high on the wall. He takes off Blomkvist's pants and cuts his shirt off with scissors.
- Martin never had sex with a man other than his father. Sex with his father was his duty as a son.
- Martin threatens to rape Blomkvist. Salander appears and whacks Martin with a golf club.
- She beats him until he's writhing on the ground.
- Blomkvist is being choked by the leather strap.
- Martin tries to crawl away.
- Salander grabs a knife from the floor and cuts Blomkvist's noose.
- Martin gets away in his car. Salander pursues him on her motorcycle. Martin drives himself head-on into a truck. She makes sure he's dead and then goes back to Blomkvist.
- Blomkvist says to call the police. Salander wants to know why.
- She takes off his cuffs, and helps him home. She has him eat something and get cleaned up.
- She says someone else can find the dungeon and call the cops.
- Blomkvist asks why. She tells him she doesn't want to argue about it. He falls asleep.
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