Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me to take part on this Blog Tour for The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
‘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
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.
‘Combines a startlingly clever opening, a neat line in dark humour and a unique Scandinavian sensibility. A fresh and witty read’ Chris Ewan
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This book was just pure reading pleasure from the topsy-turvy story line to the bizarre characters that I giggled about at the most inopportune moments. Jaakko had everything to live for before he went to the doctors. A beautiful wife, who was also his partner in their thriving mushroom business and a very comfortable life that would be the envy of many. When he left the doctors he began to realise just how much he had taken for granted, but wouldn’t everyone at just 37? Someone had murdered him and he was sure as hell not going to lay down in any grave until he found out who it was!
Now Jaakko just grows and grows on you from the first time you meet him and probably does more living in a few weeks than he has done in years, well living is probably not the right word, feeling, taking chances and being bold are probably better. All things that he really lacked in before but what the Hell, what did it matter now anyway if he made a fool of himself, it’s not like he was going to stick around too much longer anyway.
Jaakko turns into a real super sleuth with hobnail boots because he doesn’t exactly creep around and he certainly hasn’t time to take lessons. This leads into some of the funniest action in the book. You know that there are those paragraphs in some books that you have to read a couple of times to grasp, well in this book I had to re-read out of pure enjoyment as some bits were just so funny and second time round were just as brilliant! Oh Lordie, Jaakko isn’t the only casualty in the story, there are some more that didn’t know that their lives would come to an abrupt end and it is here that I laughed. It was wonderful, can’t believe I am saying that but it was.
Now I have a terrible sense of good and bad guys and this ability of mine didn’t let me down while reading this book. There were so many that could have been guilty of his “near death experience”, a very literal statement in this case, but the individual story lines fan out like a spider’s web! These all have to be dealt with so the culprit can be found. What a super cast of vibrant characters, just loved it, but ………………………
I wanted the impossible, I wanted Jaakko to be cured but no one can live forever but characters can be made immortal when a book comes to the end.
HERE IS A LITTLE 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.