This book won the Glass Key Award for best mystery by a Scandinavian author. Amazingly, the author won again the following year. I can only surmise that no other mysteries were published in those two years. This book is dense, turgid, depressing, and illogical.
Other winners of the Glass Key Award include Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson ("Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", etc), so the award is normally credible.