Contents Other Books by This Author Title Page Part 1 - Intermezzo in a Corridor Chapter 1 - Friday, April 8 Chapter 2 - Friday, April 8 Chapter 3 - Friday, April 8–Saturday, April 9 Chapter 4 - Saturday, April 9–Sunday, April 10 Chapter 5 - Sunday, April 10 Chapter 6 - Monday, April 11 Chapter 7 - Monday, April 11–Tuesday, April 12 Part 2 - Hacker Republic Chapter 8 - Sunday, May 1–Monday, May 2 Chapter 9 - Wednesday, May 4 Chapter 10 - Saturday, May 7–Thursday, May 12 Chapter 11 - Friday, May 13–Saturday, May 14 Chapter 12 - Sunday, May 15–Monday, May 16 Chapter 13 - Tuesday, May 17 Chapter 14 - Wednesday, May 18 Chapter 15 - Thursday, May 19–Sunday, May 22 Part 3 - Disk Crash Chapter 16 - Friday, May 27–Tuesday, May 31 Chapter 17 - Wednesday, June 1 Chapter 18 - Thursday, June 2 Chapter 19 - Friday, June 3–Saturday, June 4 Chapter 20 - Saturday, June 4 Chapter 21 - Saturday, June 4–Monday, June 6 Chapter 22 - Monday, June 6 Part 4 - Rebooting System Chapter 23 - Friday, July 1–Sunday, July 10 Chapter 24 - Monday, July 11 Chapter 25 - Wednesday, July 13–Thursday, July 14 Chapter 26 - Friday, July 15 Chapter 27 - Friday, July 15 Chapter 28 - Friday, July 15–Saturday, July 16 Chapter 29 - Saturday, July 16–Friday, October 7 Epilogue: Inventory of Estate: Friday, December 2–Sunday, December 18 Notes A Note About the Author Copyright.
PART 1 Intermezzo in a Corridor APRIL 8–12 An estimated 600 women served during the American Civil War. They had signed up disguised as men. Hollywood has missed a significant chapter of cultural history here—or is this history ideologically too difficult to deal with? Historians have often struggled to deal with women who do not respect gender distinctions, and nowhere is that distinction more sharply drawn than in the question of armed combat. (Even today, it can cause controversy having a woman on a typical Swedish moose hunt.) But from antiquity to modern times, there are many stories of female warriors, of Amazons. The best known find their way into the history books as warrior queens, rulers as well as leaders. They have been forced to act as any Churchill, Stalin, or Roosevelt: Semiramis from Nineveh, who shaped the Assyrian Empire, and Boudicca, who led one of the bloodiest English revolts against the Roman forces of occupation, to cite just two. Boudicca is honoured with a statue on the Thames at Westminster Bridge, opposite Big Ben. Be sure to say hello to her if you happen to pass by.
Jonasson did not hesitate to classify Salander’s condition as critical. The wounds in her shoulder and hip could wait until later, with a compress on each, or even with the duct tape that some inspired soul had applied. What mattered was her head. Jonasson ordered tomography with the new and improved CT scanner that the hospital had lately acquired.
resulting from an accident, but not one of us was satisfied with that assessment. The bleeding was so minor, and located in an area that shouldn’t have affected anything else at all. And yet his liver, kidneys, heart, and lungs shut down one after the other. The older I get, the more I think it’s like a game of roulette. I don’t believe we’ll ever figure out precisely how the brain works.” He tapped on the X-ray with a pen. “What do you intend to do?” “I was hoping you would tell me.” “Let’s hear your diagnosis.” “Well, first of all, it seems to be a small-calibre bullet. It entered at the temple, and then stopped about four centimetres into the brain. It’s resting against the lateral ventricle. There’s bleeding there.” “How will you proceed?” “To use your terminology, get some forceps and extract the bullet by the same route it went in.” “Excellent idea. I would use the thinnest forceps you have.” “It’s that simple?” “What else can we do in this case? We could leave the bullet where it is, and she might live to be a hundred, but it’s also a risk. She might develop epilepsy, migraines, all sorts of complaints. And one thing you really don’t want to do is drill into her skull and then operate a year from now when the wound itself has healed. The bullet is located away from the major blood vessels. So I would recommend that you extract it, but . . .” “But what?” “The bullet doesn’t worry me so much. She’s survived this far and that’s a good omen for her getting through having the bullet removed too. The real problem is here.” He pointed at the X-ray. “Around the entry wound you have all sorts of bone fragments. I can see at least a dozen that are a couple of millimetres long. Some are embedded in the brain tissue. That’s what could kill her if you’re not careful.” “Isn’t that part of the brain associated with numbers and mathematical capacity?” Jonasson said.
“That poor girl,” Berger said. “I read Björck’s Säpo report this evening. How should I deal with it?” “I don’t have the energy to think that through right now,” Blomkvist said. Security Police matters were going to have to wait until the next day, even if the report could help vindicate Lisbeth.