Chapter 31 Summary

Thursday, April 7

Lights are flickering inside the house. Salander is surprised that Zalachenko has settled in such a remote and rustic place, troubled that it appears so undefended; however, she is sure the men are armed. She is uneasy, but she spent the first half of her life living in fear of her father and the second half wondering when and how he would reappear. This time she will not make any mistakes.

Zalachenko is old and crippled but is also a trained assassin. Just then, she sees Niedermann walk past the window to the left of the door, speaking to someone behind him. Salander assesses her options and decides to enter the house. The door is unlocked and she senses something is very wrong....

(The entire section is 912 words.)