Welcome to my spot on the blog tour today, alongside lovely Jen over on Jen Med’s Book Reviews. I’m delighted to post my review for this fabulously funny book, which is publishes on the 10th, October!
The Man Who Died
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.
The Man Who Died is unique, engrossing and joyously funny. This is a story that draws you in with fingers that tickle the funny bone and carefully, exquisitely crafts an unforgettable book.
Jakko Kaunismaa’s doctor appointment is routine enough. A simple bout of flu. Everything is fine. That is until the doctor tells him he has a matter of weeks to live. His body is overrun with toxins, toxins that have been slowly killing him for an extended period of time. It also means that someone has been poisoning him. Dubious to his murderer’s identity, Jakko sets off on a journey to find his killer before the inevitable strikes.
Jakko is a character you can’t help but fall in love with as he sweetly and humorously navigates the route to his demise. And although this book sits firmly under the cloud of death, there is a lightness and buoyancy to it that makes you feel as if you are about to start smiling any minute. Antti’s humour really is wonderful! This book is so funny – it had me in stitches.
I loved the premise of The Man Who Died as soon as I read the blurb! The idea of a man investigating his own murder is just a wonderful. Refreshing too! Looking forward to more from this brilliant author!
Funny. Engrossing. Unique.
If you would like to read The Man Who Died, here is the link!
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 labeled 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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Huge thanks to Karen and Anne for my review copy and for including me on the blog tour!