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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Epilogue Summary How It All Goes Down
Final Audit, Thursday, November 27 – Tuesday, December 3 Millennium publishes the special issue devoted to Wennerström. It rocks the Swedish stock exchange. Wennerström committed the biggest fraud in Swedish history. This time Millennium has evidence to back everything up. Next, they publish The Mafia Banker, the book Blomkvist wrote at the cabin in Sandham. They also publish Wennerström's computer in PDF files on Millennium's website. Authorities link "the Wennerström […] companies […] to the heart of the international mafia" (Epilogue.33). Authorities hunt Wennerström for six months. Since he took his same laptop with him on the run, Salander knows where he is. But nobody asks her. It comes as no shock to her when he's found shot dead in an apartment in Marbella, Spain. See, when she took that money from his accounts, some dangerous guys didn't get paid. Here's what happened: After the search for Wennerström is called off, she makes a call to a certain lawyer she knows wants to talk to Wennerström. She gives him Wennerström's address in Marbella. She eats sandwiches while watching news reports of Wennerström's death. Blomkvist is at Millennium, reading an article in Financial Times. It says that 260 million dollars were stolen from Wennerström's account by Monica Sholes the day before Millennium published the special issue. Monica is being sought by Interpol. Blomkvist carefully studies the picture of Monica and then almost dies laughing. On Christmas Eve, Blomkvist sees his daughter for the first time since her visit to Hedeby. He thinks he's a bad father. Salander and Blomkvist spend the holidays together at the cabin in Sandham. Salander pays him back the money he loaned her. At Sandham, she realizes she's in love with Blomkvist, but thinks he could never love her back. After Christmas, Blomkvist goes to Hedeby to talk to Henrik and get paid. Cecilia's not home, so he leaves her a note apologizing to her. Back in Stockholm, Salander cleans her apartment and dreams of Blomkvist. She knows he loves Elvis, so she buys him an Elvis sign from the 1950s that says "Heartbreak Hotel" (Epilogue.128). When she gets near his apartment with it, she sees him walking down the street with Berger. She feels instant pain and considers doing violence to Berger. Instead, she walks away, tossing the Elvis sign in the trash.
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