I give this 3.6. The characters are well developed interesting, and believable. The book keeps you interested in the first half, and completely absorbed the second half. I don't care for the writing style of following two separate characters, even though it is quite popular among authors these days. I'm going to buy his next his next audiobook.
The reader is good. The underlying story is quite good. However, the story is mixed in with much too much (for my tastes) minutiae dealing with 20th Century Swedish politics and social issues. If the Swedish history lesson were to be abridged, the remaining story would be very enjoyable. I did learn, though, that Swedes must have powerful kidneys, enormous bladders, and be wired all the time considering the amount of coffee consumption described in the story.
I sure don't know what all the hype about this series is. I had a difficult time getting through most of it. I read a couple books a week and will not be going back to read this one again. It is an OK mystery novel full of sex, violence and intrigue. The interesting this is that neither the sex or voilence were graphic or insulting. I spent credits on all three of his books and will continue to read them. I guess It is a matter of preference as to what one prefers. I'd rather read Douglas Preston-Linchild, Stephen Coontz, Dean Coonts, James Patterson and similar books, than this. Since I'v already paid for them I will continue with the series.
On a whim, i downloaded this and struggled with the first hour... after that i was rivited and am right now downloading the other two in the series....with the hope they are as gripping as the first