- Why is the man in the opening of the book receiving framed flowers in the mail?
- What is the purpose of the highly detailed description and analysis of the latest flower?
- What significance might the policeman’s failure to solve this crime have in a detective novel?
- What is the nature of the course case and dispute between Blomkvist and Wennerstrom?
- How does Blomkvist get his nickname?
- Why does Blomkvist give any credibility to the accusations and the story he hears from Robert Lindberg?
- What is a “Bolshevik”?
- What (if any) hints are given here about trends of violence toward women in Sweden?
- What do Armansky’s conversations and interactions with Lisbeth tell us about/help introduce her character?
- What does Salander reveal about Blomkvist’s relationship with Erika Berger?
- Is Blomkvist a “political” person?
- What circumstances brought Blomkvist to the Vanger residence previously during an earlier part of his life?
- What does the personal connection between Blomkvist and Harriet Vanger add to the story? Or to the investigation of the mystery of her disappearance?
- What is the Vanger family’s connection with Naziism?
- On p. 104 the book references the “locked door mystery” and “Dorothy Sayers”–explore their meaning.
- What does this chapter tell us or show us about the contrasting investigative styles of Blomkvist and Salander?
- What finally convinces Blomkvist to take the case? The mystery? The money? Or something else?
- How does this chapter address Blomkvist’s motivation for taking the case?
- What unique complications does the location of Hedestad pose for Blomkvist and his investigation?
- What does the detailed and comprehensive picture of the family and its extended lineage add to (or take away) from the story?
- This is one of a series of chapters where we encounter parallel narration–a narrative “back and forth” between Salander and Blomkvist. Why might the author have opted to write the story in this fashion?
- What relative almost threatens a physical encounter with Blomkvist regarding his plans to write the Vanger family history?
- Does Blomkvist learn anything helpful or insightful from his visit to Morell?
- For the second time in the novel, attention is called in this chapter to the contrast between Blomkvist’s “working class” background and Berger’s “upper-class” upbringing. Does this distinction play into their working or emotional relationship in the novel?
- What surprising offer does Henrik Vanger make during Berger’s visit?
- What, at this point, do we know about the nature of the animosity between the Vanger family and Wennerstrom?
- What changed during the last year or so of Harriet’s life and what might have been the reason for this change?
- Blomkvist decides he has exhausted the leads pursued in the police records and decides instead to focus his investigation on what?
- The close of this chapter paints a kind of contrast between the situations of Blomkvist and Salander — what is it?