The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Stieg Larsson
- Genre: Serial Killer Fiction, International Mystery & Crime
- Language: English
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Friday, December 20
The trial was irretrievably over; everything that could be said had been said,
but he had never doubted that he would lose. The written verdict was handed
down at 10:00 on Friday morning, and all that remained was a summing up
from the reporters waiting in the corridor outside the district court.
“Carl” Mikael Blomkvist saw them through the doorway and slowed his
step. He had no wish to discuss the verdict, but questions were unavoidable,
and he—of all people—knew that they had to be asked and answered. This is
how it is to be a criminal, he thought. On the other side of the microphone.
He straightened up and tried to smile. The reporters gave him friendly, almost
“Let’s see…Aftonbladet, Expressen, TT wire service, TV4, and…where
are you from?…ah yes, Dagens Nyheter. I must be a celebrity,” Blomkvist
“Give us a sound bite, Kalle Blomkvist.” It was a reporter from one of the
Blomkvist, hearing the nickname, forced himself as always not to roll his
eyes. Once, when he was twenty-three and had just started his first summer
job as a journalist, Blomkvist had chanced upon a gang which had pulled off
five bank robberies over the past two years. There was no doubt that it was
the same gang in every instance.
Their trademark was to hold up two banks at
a time with military precision. They wore masks from Disney World, so
inevitably police logic dubbed them the Donald Duck Gang. The newspapers
renamed them the Bear Gang, which sounded more sinister, more appropriate
to the fact that on two occasions they had recklessly fired warning shots and
threatened curious passersby.
Their sixth outing was at a bank in Östergötland at the height of the
holiday season. A reporter from the local radio station happened to be in the
bank at the time. As soon as the robbers were gone he went to a public
telephone and dictated his story for live broadcast.
Blomkvist was spending several days with a girlfriend at her parents’
summer cabin near Katrineholm. Exactly why he made the connection he
could not explain, even to the police, but as he was listening to the news
report he remembered a group of four men in a summer cabin a few hundred
feet down the road. He had seen them playing badminton out in the yard: four
blond, athletic types in shorts with their shirts off.
They were obviously
bodybuilders, and there had been something about them that had made him
look twice—maybe it was because the game was being played in blazing
sunshine with what he recognised as intensely focused energy.
There had been no good reason to suspect them of being the bank robbers,
but nevertheless he had gone to a hill overlooking their cabin. It seemed
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