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"Up there with the best." -- TLS

"Comparisons have been made with Carl Hiassen and the Coen Brothers, but Tuomainen is his own man; liberally salted with macabre, improbable incidents of violence, The Man Who Died is deftly plotted, poignant and perceptive in its wry reflections on mortality and very funny." -- Irish Times

"This one is a winner right from the first sentence: "It's a good job you provided a urine sample, too." This is a doctor speaking, giving narrator Jaako Kaunismaa the news that he's been poisoned and will shortly be gone forever. At least for a short while, Jaako still has his gorgeous wife and their business gleaning and selling pine mushrooms in their little Finnish village. Arriving at home, burdened by his somber news, Jaako finds the gorgeous wife riding their mushrooming assistant "as though she were trying to climb a mountainside on horseback." Are they the poisoners? Then there's a rival mushroom company, with thuggish management. Is it them? Jaako must turn detective to solve his own murder, and he goes about it with energy and mordant humor. After all, "I'll only be murdered once." The action scenes are fun… The best parts, while we wait for the surprising revelations, are Jaako's take on his situation. From this moment on, he reasons, he can eat all the ice cream he wants, as "diabetes is the least of my worries." An offbeat jewel." -- Publishers' Weekly

"Finnish author Antti Tuomainen's The Man Who Died is a bizarre, twisty, darkly comic novel about a man investigating his own murder. It's a tightly paced Scandinavian thriller with a wicked sense of humor and a bumbling ne'er-do-well at its center … While not a riotously funny novel, it has several laugh-out-loud moments … The strength of The Man Who Died lies in its questions rather than its answers. In Antti Tuomainen's world, the fun comes from watching a murder investigation unfold. The result of that investigation is underwhelming, but it's still worth going along for the ride." -- Foreward Reviews

"The Man Who Died brings an uncharacteristically humorous but beguiling departure for Finnish writer Antti Tuomainen, as he once again makes our Recommended page. What would you do if you discovered that you only had a few more weeks to live, that your wife was cheating on you and your mushroom business was in danger of being decimated by rivals? If you are the memorable main protagonist of this novel, Jaakko Kaunismaa, you would try to figure out if the three elements are connected. The results are often hilarious, if bloody, in this crime caper novel with a big heart." --Crime Fiction Lover

"This is a great book and I enjoyed it immensely. The comparisons with Fargo are apt for The Man Who Died shares the same black humour and is populated by similarly hapless characters." -- Nudge Magazine

"Hugely entertaining and satisfying... like Carl Hiaasen transported to Finland, it's full of black comedy and an unlikely hero in Jaakko who you'll root for to the very end. " -- Kevin Wignall, author of A Death in Sweden

"Combines a startlingly clever opening, a neat line in dark humour and a unique Scandinavian sensibility. A fresh and witty read." -- Chris Ewan

"Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I enjoyed every single sentence. " -- Thomas Enger, author of Cursed

"Told with a wit honed by the Arctic winter and a story that lures you in with the perfume of the Finnish forests, this is Wes Anderson meets the Cohen Brothers in rural Finland... a book I will never forget." -- Matt Wesolowski, author of Six Stories

"Dark and thrilling, funny and intelligent, this Fargo-like novel contains lethal doses of humour... and mushrooms." --Sofi Oksanen, author of Purge

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS (10 Aug. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06ZYW8BS3
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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