So, I really would have given up on this book WELL before it got interesting if not for PB. He was the book's champion.
I don't know if something is lost in translation, or what, but I really did not enjoy the first... oh... 500 pages of this book. One issue I know I had is that he kept mentioning things that I feel like Swedes would understand and might add to the story.
That said, the ending was phenomenal. And, I think the meta evaluation of the book (due to the fact that it was written by a financial muckraker journalist who died of a massive heart attack at age 50. The novel were all printed post-humously.