Another winner from Anttii Tuomeinen aka ‘king of Helsinki noir‘ – Bookseller
I couldn’t wait to buy and read this latest book release from the house of Orenda books.
Having read and enjoyed previous books by this author I’m once more stuck by a few of the characteristics of his penmanship. His books are incredibly well written and his sense of humour within is of the refined cleverness of wit sort that makes me want to read them with a suppressed giggle.
Set in the scenic icy beauty of Finland, there are some odd goings on in the small village of Hurmevaara. Firstly a large meteorite has landed near the village and Joel, a former serviceman now pastor has been tasked with guarding the said object in the local museum.
The news of the find and it’s rich mineral valuable content attracts unwanted and unwarranted attention from all manner of interested parties including Russian mafia figures.
Joel’s previously idyllic private life has taken an odd turn with his wife sharing some joyful news with him – she’s pregnant. The only problem being is that Joel is sterile as a result of his military service in Afghanistan.
Who’s the daddy? Read the book to discover the truth.
Of course the whole story evolves deliciously and the mix of both dark noir, slapstick and ever so subtle and sublime humour makes this book an absolute winner.
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. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen is one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula. The Man Who Died brought him to his literary best.
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