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.
An insurance mathematician's carefully ordered life is turned on its head when he unexpectedly loses his job and inherits an adventure park ... with a whole host of problems. A quirky, tense and warmly funny thriller from award-winning Finnish author Antti Tuomainen. Just one spreadsheet away from chaos... What makes life perfect? Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen knows the answer because he calculates everything down to the very last decimal. And then, for the first time, Henri is faced with the incalculable. After suddenly losing his job, Henri inherits an adventure park from his brother - its peculiar employees and troubling financial problems included. The worst of the financial issues appear to originate from big loans taken from criminal quarters ... and some dangerous men are very keen to get their money back. But what Henri really can't compute is love. In the adventure park, Henri crosses paths with Laura, an artist with a chequered past, and a joie de vivre and erratic lifestyle that bewilders him. As the criminals go to extreme lengths to collect their debts and as Henri's relationship with Laura deepens, he finds himself faced with situations and emotions that simply cannot be pinned down on his spreadsheets... Warmly funny, rich with quirky characters and absurd situations, The Rabbit Factor is a triumph of a dark thriller, its tension matched only by its ability to make us rejoice in the beauty and random nature of life.
Expect the unexpected from the get-go as the prologue lights the touch paper to an intense, smirky, carnival ride of a fabulous read. You wont want it to stop! A valuable meteorite crash lands in a small Finnish town causing absolute mayhem. As Joel, the local pastor, guards the meteorite, he not only faces a crisis in his marriage but also a number of people who decide that the meteorite should be theirs, come what may! After the fiery prologue, chapter one slapped my attention to face a different direction. By the time chapter two arrived, I was sitting wide-eyed, this was setting itself up for a cracking read. I adore Antti Tuomainen’s books, he writes with a finely balanced pen, darker than dark humour hits with a provocative wallop, while feeling fresh and different. I was consumed by Little Siberia and all too soon, as the events around Joel unraveled, the ending hurtled towards me. Not only sharp, amusing, and provocative, this is also an incredibly thoughtful read, so Little Siberia receives an enthusiastic thumbs up from me.
A quirky, smirky, entertaining slice of fabulous. Covert ops detective Jan Nyman finds himself investigating a death in a holiday village in Finland and a rather striking lady just happens to be the suspect. I will admit to being rather excited about this novel, Antti Tuomainen’s last offering was the wonderful The Man Who Died which was shortlisted for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards. The first paragraph of Palm Beach, Finland is beautifully written, it quite literally slapped my attention and I settled in with something approaching ghoulish glee! A wonderful wave of dark humour rolls through this novel gathering raised eyebrows and snorts. The cast increases, the action builds, and oh how my tummy and mind tied themselves in knots as the story spun in ever decreasing eccentric circles. I just want to applaud David Hackston as I completely forgot I was reading a translation. I thoroughly, completely and totally recommend Palm Beach, Finland, do grab yourself a copy and pop a do not disturb sign on your door!
Ooh, this is a different offering from Antti Tuomainen, and I absolutely loved it! Short it may be, but boy does this novel pack a belter of a punch, and the blows just keep on being delivered. 37 year old Jaakko learns that he is dying, he has been poisoned and sets out to discover who his murderer is, before he actually succumbs to the poison. At my first smirk I almost felt guilty, should I be laughing… further occasions of raised eyebrows and blurts of laughter escaped, so I relaxed and really settled in to this fabulously entertaining read. Antti Tuomainen has hit just the right notes, and I can picture Jaakko and the other characters lighting up the big screen. Devilishly dark humour abounds in ‘The Man Who Died’ paired with an absolutely cracking storyline, earning a tremendous thumbs up from me. ~ Liz Robinson
A startling, intense and clever tale of destructive, chilling corruption. 30 year old journalist Janne tells his own story after he is offered information about an environmental catastrophe, another similarly deadly tale is revealed at the same time, and the two stories unfold side by side. I read the first few pages, full of impact, setting the scene, yet spinning and tumbling my thoughts, twice. Antti Toumainen writes with a wonderful blend of beautiful descriptive detailing and chilling sparse intensity, he leaves you guessing, thinking, on high alert. As I read I felt a storm gathering, a force, a reckoning started to hurtle towards me, and in the middle of this the importance of family sits centre stage. The violence is prominent, yet there is a subtle thought provoking energy that twists through this tale, and ensures that ‘The Mine’ is an absolutely cracking read. ~ Liz Robinson Click here to read a Q&A with this author.
Jan Nyman, the ace detective of the covert operations unit of the National Central Police, is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate a mysterious death. Nyman arrives in the town dominated by a bizarre holiday village-the "e;hottest beach in Finland."e; The suspect: Olivia Koski, who has only recently returned to her old hometown. The mission: find out what happened, by any means necessary. With a nod to Fargo, and dark noir, Palm Beach, Finland is both a page-turning thriller and a black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams, and people struggling at turning points in their lives-chasing their fantasies regardless of reason.
"e;Groartig!"e; Aki KaurismakiJaako ist 37, als sein Arzt ihm erffnet, dass er keine Grippe hat, sondern sterben wird, und zwar sehr bald: Jemand hat ihn ber lngere Zeit hinweg vergiftet. Das an sich ist schon geeignet, einem Mann so richtig den Tag zu verderben. Leider wird Jaako bei der Rckkehr nach Hause auerdem noch Zeuge, wie ihn seine Frau mit Petri betrgt, dem jungen, knackigen Angestellten ihrer gemeinsamen Firma. Der Firma, die in jngster Zeit gefhrlich Konkurrenz bekommen hat. Jaako beschliet herauszufinden, wer ihn um die Ecke bringen will. Und er wird sein Unternehmen fr die Zeit nach seinem Tod fit machen. Der Handel mit den in Japan zu Hchstpreisen gehandelten Matsutake-Pilzen luft nmlich ausgezeichnet, und in Finnlands Wldern wachsen nun einmal die besten. Doch das neue Konkurrenzunternehmen kmpft wirklich mit harten Bandagen. Ist es da Jaakos Schuld, wenn es zu Toten kommt? Und hat er berhaupt Zeit fr anderer Leute Sorgen? Denn so viel ist klar: Mit dem Tod vor Augen geht alles leichter, gilt es doch, jede Minute zu genieen. "e;Die letzten Meter bis zum Friedhof"e; ist nicht einfach ein Kriminalroman, sondern ein besonderes Buch: lustig und tragisch, berhrend und skurril, lebensklug und nachdenklich, ein Roman, der trotz seines makabren Themas die Lebensgeister weckt, und eine schrge Lektre, bei der man sich fhlt, als befnde man sich in einem Film von Aki Kaurismki.
From Finland's top crime-writer, the prize-winning author of The Healer Aleksi lost his mother on a rainy October day when he was 13 years old. 20 years later, he is certain that he knows who's responsible. Everything points to millionaire Henrik Saarinen. The police don't agree. Aleksi has only one option: to get close to Henrik Saarinen and find out the truth about his mother's fate on his own. But as Aleksi soon discovers, delving into Saarinen and his beautiful daughter's family secrets is a confusing and dangerous enterprise. Dark As My Heart tells the story of a mother and son and the search for justice. It's a story about the cost of obsessions, the price of vengeance and the power of love. Set against a vividly conjured bleak and beautiful Finnish landscape, Dark As My Heart is both a Hitchcockian mystery tale and a modern Greek tragedy.
De la autorul romanului TamaduitorulAleksi Kivi E i-a pierdut mama ntr-o zi ploioasA de octombrie, n 1993.DouA decenii mai trziu, Aleksi, acum n vrstA de 33 de ani, e convins cA E tie cine e responsabil pentru dispariE ia mamei sale. Toate indiciile conduc spre milionarul Henrik Saarinen. Dar poliE ia nu e de acord cu investigaE ia, astfel cA Aleksi porneE te propria anchetA asupra lui Saarinen.Sumbru ca sufletul meu este o poveste despre o viaE A trA itA n singurA tate, despre promisiuni, preE ul obsesiilor, costul rA zbunA rii E i puterea dragostei. Scris ntr-un stil precis E i ncA rcat de frumuseE e, romanul este o interpretare modernA a tragediei greceE ti, cA ci n esenE A vorbeE te despre iubire, dreptate E i izbA vire.Cu acest roman, Antti Tuomainen ajunge direct n top. GraE ie autorilor ca el, romanele poliE iste nu mai sunt menite doar fanilor genului. Tuomainen e mai bun ca niciodatA ."e; - Helsingin SanomatRegele genului noir din Helsinki."e; - AamulehtiPovestea are un mobil puternic E i o obsesie pe mA surA , dincolo de care totul culmineazA ."e; - Ilta-SanomatSumbru ca sufletul meu este n primul rnd o pA trunzA toare analizA psihologicA despre obsesii E i felul cum se manifestA ele. O poveste despre suferinE A E i dor. RA zbunare E i durere. Stilul lui Tuomainen e ncA rcat de suspans, de masculinitate, dar totodatA de sensibilitate."e; - Rakkaudesta kirjoihin - blogi repeta n gnd cA toate acestea se ntmplau doar fiindcA ea cunoscuse un bA rbat E i ncepuse o relaE ie cu el. i repeta mereu acest lucru. AdevA rul o fA cu sA tresarA . Cunoscuse un bA rbat E i acum se apA ra cu mna de loviturile cuE itului. Cele douA fapte nu puteau fi mai nepotrivite. E i totuE i, unul l avusese drept urmare pe celA lalt. i aminti un film american n care un poliE ist istovit l lA murea pe un coleg mai tnA r asupra sensului vieE ii: Oricui i se poate ntmpla oricnd, orice."e;
Vor zwanzig Jahren verschwand Sonja Merivaara spurlos. Seit zwanzig Jahren ist die Polizei ahnungslos. Aber ihr Sohn Aleksi ist besessen vom Schicksal seiner Mutter. Jetzt begibt er sich selbst auf die Suche nach ihr. Eine Spur fuhrt ihn in das Haus eines Millionars. Doch seine Ermittlungen geraten schnell aus dem Ruder. Denn er verfallt der Tochter des Hausherren sofort. Etwas stimmt nicht mit der schonen Frau. Schon bald begreift Aleksi, dass sie ihn nur benutzt. Und dass sie ihn fur eine besonders grausame Aufgabe braucht.
It's two days before Christmas and Helsinki is battling ruthless climate catastrophe: subway tunnels are flooded; the streets are full of abandoned vehicles; the social order is crumbling and private security firms have undermined the police force. Tapani Lehtinen, a struggling poet, is among the few still willing to live in the city. When Tapani's journalist wife Johanna goes missing, he embarks on a frantic hunt for her. Johanna's disappearance seems to be connected to a story she was researching about a serial killer known as 'The Healer'. Determined to find Johanna, Tapani's search leads him to uncover secrets from her past: secrets that connect her to the very murders she was investigating...
Die Liebe deines Lebens in den Handen eines Killers. Du allein kannst sie finden. Helsinki, im Ausnahmezustand. Ein Irrer, der mordet und Heilsbotschaften verkndet. Eine Journalistin, die ihn stellen will. Und dabei spurlos verschwindet. Es gibt nur einen, der sie retten kann. Ihr Mann macht sich verzweifelt auf die Suche. Er wrde alles fr sie tun. Doch das Bse ist strker als die Liebe.
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