Successful mushroom entrepreneur Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. Just 37 years old, Jaakko is shocked to hear his doctor tell him that he’s dying. Moreover, the signs point to the cause being a prolonged exposure to toxins – someone has been poisoning him, slowly but surely. Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a rollercoaster journey lined with outlandish characters, bizarre situations, and unexpected twists.
The Man Who Died is a thriller brimming with the black comedy of life and death, love and betrayal. Combining the suspense of Scandinavian noir tradition with a quirky, charming humor, the novel displays an entirely new side of Antti Tuomainen’s authorship. In The Man Who Died, Aki Kaurismäki meets Arto Paasilinna in a Fargo-like novel full of thrills, dark laughs, and twists.
“Dark and thrilling, funny and intelligent, this Fargo-like novel contains lethal doses of humor – and mushrooms.” – Sofi Oksanen, author of Purge
”In the field of Finnish crime fiction, Antti Tuomainen is the phenomenal star of the 21st century. One novel after another, he constructs a set-up so intense that the building of suspense is infallible. This is also true with the new The Man Who Died. .. Tuomainen embeds the culinary ideas into the thematic structure. He tickles the sensitive spot in the imagination where the innocent picking of mushrooms is about to mutate into mushroom phobia. … A small town in July, the patio extravaganzas and the comically clumsy criminals are skillfully and knowingly built contrast to noir expectations.” – Aamulehti (Finland)
“The set-up is murderous, and the reader is immediately hooked. … Tuomainen is breaking new ground. The Man Who Died contains numerous excellent insights into the thin line between life and death, and Finnishness also gets its share. Many laughs are due to the humorous stance of the narrator.” – Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)
”Antti Tuomainen’s new novel The Man Who Died skips the foreplay and gets down to business in a way that hooks you immediately. … The Man Who Died is very well written. Tuomainen’s strength, in addition to the story, is a strong sentence with well-thought content.” – Turun Sanomat (Finland)
”Antti Tuomainen surprises by writing a truly funny crime novel. More intriguing than finding the murderer is to follow the main character: the man awaiting his own death as the result of poisoning, his self-reflection and his preparing for the inevitable. The humor rises from the insane situations in which the man who searches for his own killer finds himself.” – Gloria (Finland)
”Tuomainen locates this breathless adventure in sweltering Hamina and the story includes mushrooms, a samurai sword, secrets and the inavoidably impending death of the main character. You can’t let go of this book!” – Kodin Kuvalehti (Finland)
”.. Yet another brilliant and original crime novel by Antti Tuomainen. .. In his six novels Antti Tuomainen has created his very own unique style wherein the suspense rises to the top without a single ordinary crime novel cliché. In fact, his novels aren’t even actual detective novels because they don’t have regular criminals and regular policemen. They are more about human beings driven into complicated situations that create more tension than what pushed-and-forced thrillers offer. .. A first-rate performance. A manifestation of Tuomainen’s skills and the ability to transform.” – Kansan Uutiset (Finland)
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