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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, marking a stunning new departure for the King of Helsinki Noir.

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryFiction in translation Publisher: Orenda Books Publication Date: 10/10/2017 ISBN-13: 9781910633847  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Finnish author Antti Tuomainen (b. 1971) 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. The Mine, translated by David Hackston and published in 2016, was an international bestseller. Several of his books have been optioned for TV/film. With his piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen is one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and The Man Who Died sees him at his literary best. Follow Antti on Twitter: @antti_tuomainen, on Facebook: and on his website:

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Warning: "The Man Who Died" is a highly addictive and exceedingly hard to put down thriller! Who'd have thought that a story involving a Finnish mushroom industry could be so entertaining? I was instantly hooked and just knew this was going to be highly enjoyable and would be read from cover to cover virtually in one sitting. We learn straight away that thirty seven year old mushroom entrepreneur Jaakko Kaunismaa is hit with an emotional steam roller only to be hit with a further one in the next chapter. Knowing he is dying from prolonged exposure to toxins, Jaakko is determined to find out who has 'murdered' him whilst trying to stop his business being overtaken by mushroom competitors. Unlikely hero Jaakko is a superb character that you can't help but endear to and root for throughout the story. The predicaments he gets into are truly funny and his way of dealing with the news that he is dying is so darkly humorous you can't resist smiling. I loved all the bizarre and unique characters, the author has a brilliant way of describing them so well, they could literally be standing right in front of you! Dry, dark and witty humour makes this book so entertaining and with an unusual and original story this is a guaranteed page turner. Excellently translated from Finnish by David Hackston there is nothing lost in translation with this book - like so many are - and it was evident just how professionally this book has been published. I haven't read anything by the highly rated author Antti Tuomainen before and I'm glad I've been introduced to him now, as I really do love his creative imagination, writing style, black humour and descriptive prose. I will be reading more by him in the future and it obviously goes without saying that I highly recommend this gripping book to readers of all ages, you won't be disappointed - it's a fabulous read that I wholeheartedly enjoyed!! The full glowing 5 stars!

- 02/01/2018
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