Inspector Irene Huss, stationed in Gtenborg, is called through the rain-drenched streets to the scene of an apparent suicide.
The dead man landed on the sidewalk in front of his luxurious duplex apartment.
He was a wealthy financier connected, through an old-boys network, with the first families of Sweden.
But this Society Suicide turns out to have been a carefully plotted murder.
As more killings ensue, Huss tangles with street gang members, skinheads, immigrants and neo-Nazis - a cross-section of Swedens disaffected - in order to catch the killer.