#BlogTour #Review ~ The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen @OrendaBooks @antti_tuomainen

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.

Translated from the Finnish by David Hackston

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About the Author

Finnish 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, published in 2016, was an international bestseller. All 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.

My Review

In my current health condition I was a little dubious about reading this, the cover shouts ‘medical’ at me and I was concerned the contents might be a little too close to home and depressing but I should have trusted my instincts and known that the brilliant Orenda books would once again produce a gem.

The Man Who Died is a dark, humorous journey of a remarkable guy called Jaakko. My heart went out to him from the first page when he had that godawful moment in the doctors office where he is told he is dying, slowly, steadily being poisoned and there is no solution. Instead of quaking and falling apart he is determined to put all his attention towards finding out who it is that is effectively murdering him.

Not only is he sick but his business is beginning to suffer, he works in the world of mushrooms, is a competitor sabotaging him and his business? At first he seems happily married, I giggled at the descriptions of his wife Taina, she was a star in the cooking department .. if only that was all it takes to be appealing! As time goes by perhaps she isn’t quite so nice.

This is a thriller with a difference, totally engaging, lots of twists and potential suspects to confuse the reader. Some peculiar characters to take you off track. This is a quick read, pushing the reader to the limits of either tears or guilty laughter. I can’t begin to tell you how much I adored Jaakko. The author has excelled in the descriptive writing and captured my attention throughout, the translation is faultless which is a bonus and adds to the reading pleasure.

I haven’t read anything by Antti Tuomainen before but he is certainly on my radar now. Very impressive book and definitley not what I was expecting.

Thanks to the author, Orenda and Anne Cater for my copy and for inviting me onto the tour. I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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4 thoughts on “#BlogTour #Review ~ The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen @OrendaBooks @antti_tuomainen

  1. I totally get the “medical” feeling! That’s one of the reasons why I haven’t read it yet! That and the fact I don’t have time xD Great review! xx

    • Thanks lovely, hope all is going well. I’ve been a bit out of the loop recently but often think of you xx

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