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The Girl Who Played With Fire Chapter 17

By Stieg Larsson

Chapter 17

Easter Sunday, March 27 – Tuesday, March 29

  • Blomkvist decides the best way to get in touch with Salander is by writing her a letter, and leaving it for her in a file in his own computer.
  • He knows she has access to his computer, and hopes she still monitors it.
  • In the letter, he says that he doesn't think she's the killer, that he's investigating the other suspects, and that if she needs a lawyer, his sister Annika is available for her.
  • He asks her for information on how Dag and Mia are connected with Bjurman.
  • Dragan Armansky is also investigating the triple murder. He assigns his employees Sonny Bohman and Niklas Hedström to work with the police as consultants.
  • Armansky doesn't think Salander is innocent, but he does believe there's an explanation.
  • The police investigation team meets with Dr. Peter Teleborian from St. Stefan's Psychiatric Clinic. Teleborian is one of the most famous psychiatrists in Sweden.
  • Teleborian oversaw Salander's treatment when she was committed to St. Stefan's in 1991.
  • He tells the police he's not surprised she's a killer; she should have stayed institutionalized.
  • He admits there's no "complete diagnosis" (17.141) of Salander, because she never submitted to testing, or participated in her own treatment.
  • But, she has a long history of violence, beginning in grade school.
  • He calls her an "egomaniacal psychopath" (17.155) who might well react violently if the police try to arrest her.