Mies joka kuoli
The Man Who Died
Antti Tuomainen (b. 1971) is one of Finland’s most acclaimed and award-winning crime fiction writers. To date, Tuomainen’s works have been translated into more than 25 languages. Crowned “The King of Helsinki Noir,” Tuomainen’s piercing and evocative style has never stopped evolving. In The Man Who Died, Tuomainen’s most recent novel, he displays a new side of his authorship and unveils his multifaceted ability in full. The novel, which combines Tuomainen’s trademark suspense with a darkly tinged humor, has won the hearts of readers and critics alike, and secured him the new title of King of Noir Comedy.
“Antti Tuomainen is a wonderful writer. His characters, plots and atmosphere are masterfully drawn.”
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.
Antti Tuomainen’s 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 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.
In their comments, the judges praise Tuomainen’s “mesmerizing” Dark As My Heart, saying that “Rarely has atmosphere in a Nordic Noir novel been conjured so evocatively.”
The Caveman by Jørn Lier Horst receives equal acclamation in the jury’s motivations: “Beautifully written, this crime novel is a gripping read that draws on the author’s own experiences to provide genuine insights into police procedure and investigation.”
The winning novel will be announced on May 21st, 2016. The award will be the fourth one handed out since the Petrona Awards’ establishment in 2013. Its previous winners are Liza Marklund (2013), Leif GW Persson (2014), and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir (2015).
Acclaimed Finnish author Antti Tuomainen’s new stand-alone The Mine has now been published in Finland. Told in a beautiful language with shifting points of views and flashbacks, The Mine is a suspenseful crime novel filled with vivid characters and a breathtaking plot. But above all, it is the story of two men - a father and a son - and of the destiny of a family torn apart, only to ultimately reunite.