I read this after a friend explained this novel was used in writing classes to show how you build suspense by withholding information. How John Case did it was a sin. :-) I do think it serves as a good example of building suspense. Having known what the "mcguffin" was in this case, I was still interested in seeing how it was drawn out and unveiled at the appropriate times. Overall, I thought this was a page turner most of the way through. It was just as suspenseful as the Stiegg Larson novels I've read. A good mix of investigative work, plot twists, etc. As usual with these types of novels, I find the end goes a little overboard and then ties things up a little too neatly.