I loved the ‘Girl who played with fire’ but I have a query. Sander goes to the car hire garage and there is able to find Niemann’s address. How does she know which car hire garage to go to? Did I miss an important connection?

Posted by John Evans in Sudbury, UK , 9 February 2010

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11 thoughts on “Can someone explain”
  1. she saw Niemann get into the car earlier on in the story and noted the plate and ran a check on her laptop prob hacked into national database!! That revealed where it was registered too

    Posted by CF in Chelmsford ,

  2. Thankyou CF, rather begs the question why Blomquist didn’t also note the number when he saw the attack, tell the police and they then found the car.

  3. Blomkvist realised that it wouldn’t help to go to the police – he also didn’t want to alert the police to Salander

    Posted by JT in South Africa ,

  4. Salander followed Niederman’s trail by following up on the Volvo numberplate. Blomquist saw Lundin attack Salander but was unable to get the numberplate of the Dodge van involved… Blomquist eventually followed Niedrman’s trail thanks to Paolo Roberto’s info.

    Posted by Jack McDade in Christchurch NZ ,

  5. Where did Paoblo Roberto come into the story–he just seems to have mysterioulsy appeared as a convenient prop?

    Posted by a fan in NYC ,

  6. IS THERE A TRANSLATION ERROR EARLY IN THE STORY? WHEN SALANDER IS IN THE CARIBBEAN SHE SEES THE SEA JUST PAST THE RHODODENDRONS;I’M FAIRLY SURE THEY DON’T GROW THERE. WOULD THE CORRECT PLANT BE OLEANDERS?

    Posted by PAT in SEBASTOPOL ,

  7. Paolo Roberto’s background with Salander is not well covered in the films but in the book (Book 2 if I remember correctly), it is made clear that he instructed Salander in boxing. I think this was after he retired and then ran a boxing clinic for kids. This was supposed to have occurred sometime prior to her involvement with Blumqvist and the Vanger investigation. I believe that her boxing instruction occurred when she was still a teen and sometime after being released from the juvenile psychiatric center (House of Horrors).

    Posted by Neuropsy in Illinois ,

  8. Addendum: She was age 17 when at the boxing club with Paolo Roberto.

    Posted by Neuropsy in Illinois ,

  9. Why would Salander have to risk going to the car hire garage to find Nemenn’s address? Why not hack the info?

    Dan Bainbridge

  10. Sorry, why would Salander risk going to the car rental to find Ronald Niedermann (Blond Giant) rather than hack the info.

    DXB

  11. The reason she didn’t hack the info is because Larsson is a terrible writer and didn’t know how to stitch the story threads together properly – that’s why the books are amateurish, at best.

    Posted by Joey in NY ,

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