I am very pleased to have been included on the Blog tour for The Man Who Died by ANTTI TUOMAINEN, translated from Finnish by David Hackston.
The book is published by Orenda Books today (10th October 2017)
A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just 37 years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he’s dying. What is more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him. Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful rollercoaster journey full of unusual characters, bizarre situations and unexpected twists. With a nod to Fargo and the best elements of the Scandinavian noir tradition, The Man Who Died is a page-turning thriller brimming with the blackest comedy surrounding life and death, and love and betrayal, markinng a stunning new departure for the King of Helsinki
The story is about a man, Jakko, who is told he is dying from a poison and has to find his killer.
I thought the story was really well worked out, and had some great comedic moments in it. It flowed really well with enough twists and turns in it to keep me guessing all the way through to the conclusion.
I felt that the characters had enough depth and back story to keep me believing in the story and wanting to read more of it even when I had to stop for family reasons.
The book really did grip me and kept me wanting to read all the time. Even when I had finished it I kept thinking about it and the conclusion brought everything together perfectly.
The story is very moving as you find out all about Jakko’s past and all the choices he made to get him to where he is today. As the list of suspects began to grow I felt a bit sad for Jakko and the way his life turned out.
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About the Author
Finnish author Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. The critically acclaimed My Brother’s Keeper was published two years later. In 2011 Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for ‘Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award. The Finnish press labelled The Healer – the story of a writer desperately searching for his missing wife in a post-apocalyptic Helsinki – ‘unputdownable.’ Two years later in 2013 they crowned Tuomainen ‘The King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen is one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula.