Page 1. " She lay on her back fastened by leather straps to a narrow bed with a steel frame. The harness was tight across her rib cage. Her hands were manacled to the sides of the bed. "

A dark and ambiguous start to this second instalment in the trilogy. The abuse of women by men is a thread that weaves almost continuously through this Trilogy. In 2004 Sweden was chastised by an Amnesty International Report for failing utterly to reduce violence against women and for failing to help existing victims. In a press release Amnesty said: "The prevalence of gender-based violence shatters many people's image of Sweden as being the most gender equal country in the world."

Child abuse has also been a historic problem in the country. Anti-spanking laws were introduced in 1979 which had initial success but recent reports (e.g. Lindell C, Svedin CG, Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2001 Mar;36(3):150-7) point to an alarming increase through the 1990’s in police reports of child abuse.

Page 7. " Salander put her book down on her lap and sipped her iced coffee before reaching for a pack of cigarettes. "

Salander has taken a trip abroad and ends up in the Caribbean. Larsson himself was an early ‘backpacker’ travelling around the globe on a shoe string. His father said in an interview that Larsson had to sell is clothes and work as a dishwasher to afford his ticket home from North Africa.

Salanders round the world route: Italy,Middle East, Bangkok, Hong kong, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Island Hopping, Tahiti, U.S.A, Caribbean.

Page 9. " Her studies had been unsystematic and without any real objective, at least until she wandered into the university bookshop on Miami and came out with 'Dimensions in Mathematics' by Dr L.C. Parnault (Harvard University Press, 1999). "

Salander, hooked on spherical astronomy, has this book as an almost constant companion for the rest of the book.

'Dimensions in Mathematics' turns out to be a fictional book of Larssons own creation. Follow this link to read what Harvard University Press have to say about it:

Page 10. " In 1975, Julian Fedon, a black planter of mixed French ancestry, led an uprising inspired by the French Revolution. "

Rebellion of Salves
Public DomainRebellion of Salves

British control of Grenada was seriously challenged in this rebellion and the administration was sent into chaos. Julian Fedon (a Mulatto planter) led the island's slaves, and took control of Grenada freeing more slaves who then joined in fight. Fighting continued over the year and a half, when the British at last regained control of the island. Leaders of the rebellion were executed, however Fedon himself was never captured. British control was never challenged again, but tensions remained high until slavery was abolished in 1834.