This is the second book in the Millenium Trilogy.
Mikael Blomkvist was working with Mia Johansson (a criminologist) and Dag Svensson (a journalist) to expose a sex trade ring that involved prominent people. Blomkvist found Johansson and Svensson shot dead in their apartment. The police found the murder weapon with Lisbeth Salander’s fingerprints on it. Shortly after, Bjurman, Salander’s guardian was also found dead in his apartment.
Salander was now wanted for three murders and the media was painting her as a psychotic lesbian with a troubled, violent past. The hunt for Salander was on.
People who knew Salander well — Blomkvist, Berger and Armansky — did not believe that Salander was responsible for the murders. While Salander hid at her safe house, they desperately tried to make sense of what happened. It was a race against time — if the police found Salander first, it would not end well.
Unknown to Blomkvist, Salander held the key to a puzzle that Johansson and Svensson were unable to solve. Salander had met with them shortly before they died. The information she shared with them was what led to their death.
The key that Salander held was a man called Zalachenko — the elusive mastermind behind the sex trade ring. The man who shaped Salander’s dark past.