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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Chapter 8 Summary How It All Goes Down
Friday, January 3 – Sunday, January 5 It's below zero degrees when Blomkvist gets to Hedeby Island on Friday. After showing Blomkvist to the guesthouse, Henrik gives him a little tour of the area, pointing out some family suspects, most importantly: Suspect 1: Harald Vanger, Henrik's 92-year-old brother, hermit, and lifelong member of the Nazi party. Henrik doesn't speak to him. Suspect 2: Isabella Vanger, 75 years old, mother of Harriet. A hands-off parent with few mothering skills. Suspect 3: Cecilia Vanger, 56 now, 20 when Harriet disappeared. She's Harald's daughter, but has nothing to do with him. Henrik likes her. Her sister Anita lives in London. Suspect 4: Martin Vanger, 54, Harriet's brother, and Vanger Corporation CEO. Martin built his current home in 1978 when he replaced Henrik as CEO. He's not married. Blomkvist says he doesn't think he can solve the mystery, but he'll try. He hopes to work on it even when he serves his prison term later in the year. Freezing, Blomkvist goes back the guesthouse and unpacks. He tries to call Berger all night. Henrik's files on Harriet are delivered around 2pm on Saturday, and he inventories them. That night a cat meows at the door and Blomkvist lets her in and feeds her. Sunday evening, he carefully reads the police investigation conducted by Detective Morell. Morell's interview of Martin Vanger was short since Martin was stuck on the other side of the island at the time of Harriet's disappearance. He reads the interview with Anita Vanger (another suspect), fifty-five years old, sister of Cecilia, and friend of Harriet. She told Morell she hadn't talked to Harriet the day she disappeared. Blomkvist learns that Harriet's purse, wallet, and clothes were found in her bedroom. The investigation is thorough, but there are still no leads. Eventually, it's called off.
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