Page 157. " She had never heard of Ebbe Carlsson, but it was the shop in which he had bought the famous eavesdropping equipment that caused Sweden’s Minister of Justice to resign suddenly in the late 80’s. "

This was a major scandal in 1988. Ebbe was a publisher who was investigating the assassination of the Swedish P.M. Olof Palme. This investigation was secretly aided and abetted by the then Minister for Justice Anna-Greta Leijon. The scandal was more because of what the parliamentary enquiry uncovered: a political system rife with a corrupt culture of the old boys network.

OK so this movie is in Swedish - but you get a flavour of it all.

Page 159. " The same objects were in the drawer as a year ago. But the collection had been supplemented with a flat box whose printed illustration showed a Colt .45 Magnum. "

Colt Magnums are the classic big hand guns made iconic by countless Westerns and of course the Dirty Harry movies – big and bad, in many ways a symbol of rugged masculinity. Dirty Harry had the .44, but hey what's the difference in 1mm??