LISBETH SALANDER, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, STEIG LARSSON
The novel begins as journalist Mikael Blomkvist attempts to exit through a crowd of eager reporters after his conviction for the libel and defamation of financier Hans-Erik Wennerström. Devastated by the verdict, Blomkvist retreats to a café and ponders his conviction. He anticipates three months in prison, but he worries more about the fate of his political magazine, Millennium. After thinking the matter over, he meets with Erika Berger, Millennium’s editor-in-chief and Blomkvist’s lover, and announces his intention to leave the magazine. In the meantime, Lisbeth Salander, an unorthodox young woman with piercings and tattoos who works for Milton Security’s private investigation division, attends a meeting with her boss, Dragan Armansky, and the lawyer Dirch Frode. Frode wishes to hire Blomkvist on behalf of Henrik Vanger, a wealthy industrialist and head of Vanger companies. Salander has compiled a report on Blomkvist and Frode wants to know the findings. Satisfied, he encourages Salander to continue her search into the Wennerström affair and calls Blomkvist to offer him the job.
Salander continues her research as requested and purchases an electronic cuff that will allow her to monitor Wennerström’s computer while Blomkvist considers the job offer. Burdened by concern for Millennium and his own career, Blomkvist agrees to meet Henrik on December 26th to hear the details. Henrik explains his family history and then, at length, presents the job offer: He wants Blomkvist to write a history of the Vanger family as pretext for solving the murder of Henrik’s great-niece, Harriet, who disappeared in 1966. Despite his interest in the mystery, Blomkvist feels reluctant to take the job since he has more important things to worry about. Henrik sweetens the pot, however, promising to give Blomkvist devastating information about Wennerström upon Blomkvist’s completing the job. As Millennium continues to lose advertising revenue, Blomkvist finally decides to take the offer as a way to repair the damage to his career.
Madeline is a media franchise that originated as a series of children's books written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans, an Austrian-American author. The books have been adapted into numerous formats, spawning telefilms, television series and a live action feature film. As a closing line, the adaptations invoke a famous phrase Ethel Barrymore used to rebuff curtain calls, "That's all there is, there isn't any more." The stories take place in a Catholic boarding school in Paris. The teacher, Miss Clavel, is strict but loves the children, cares for them, and is open to their ideas.
Much of the media start with the line "In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines ..." The stories often are written entirely in rhyme, include simple themes of daily life, and the playful but harmless mischief of Madeline, which appeal to children and parents alike. Most of the books have several recurring themes, such as Miss Clavel turning on the light and saying: "Something is not right."