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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Prologue Summary How It All Goes Down
A Friday in November It's an unnamed man's 82nd birthday. (Happy birthday, unnamed man!) Look, he just got his birthday present, same present he gets every year. A flower. He calls Detective Superintendant Morell. It's his birthday, too, and the men happen to be the same age. The unnamed man tells the Detective that the flower arrived. It's a white flower, pressed and framed in a regular looking frame. Later, they will learn that the Latin name for the flower is . The flower is native to Australia, where it's called Desert Snow. Leptospermum (Myrtaceae) rubinette It's rare, like most of the flowers that come to him each year on November 1st. Unfortunately, though, this rareness doesn't make them any easier to trace. The media missed out on the mystery of the flowers, but the police used to be interested in it. Now, nobody cares, except for the birthday men, and whoever's sending the flowers. The Detective has had a successful career, has dealt with terrible criminals, and helped solve several murders. But "The Case of the Pressed Flowers" remains unsolved. After calling the Detective, the unnamed man looks at the other framed flowers he's received over the years. There are 43 other frames. For the first time in almost 40 years, the unnamed man gets emotional and cries.
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