Mies joka kuoli

Mies joka kuoli The Man Who Died

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

“A great book”
-Aki Kaurismäki

Reviews

  • “The deadpan ice sensibility of Nordic noir is combined here with warm-blooded, often surreal, humour. Like the death cap mushroom, Tuomainen’s dark story manages to be as delicious as it is toxic.”

    Sunday Express, UK

  • “Finnish author Tuomainen has come up with an irresistible crime comedy caper /…/ More than just a whodunit, but a gripping tale of self-loathing, investigation and desperate floundering /…/ Both a thriller and a dark laugh a minute journey that will keep you hanging on to the end. The story of a man investigating his own death has been done before but not with such gusto. ”

    Crime Time, UK

  • “[A] delightful mad caper of a story, which will make readers snort out loud with laughter and would have made an excellent 1930s screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra. Yet there is a serious undercurrent too of ambition, betrayal and choosing your priorities in this all too brief life. In this respect, it is more reminiscent of the grim humour of early Coen Brothers films. /.../ Congratulations to the author for embarking on such a departure from the usual Scandinavian crime fiction style, and hooray for publishers who encourage this. It is exciting to follow a favourite author into entirely new territory, while losing none of his crisp, clear prose. ”

    Crime Fiction Lover, UK

  • “Comparisons have been made with Carl Hiassen and the Coen Brothers, but Tuomainen is his own man; liberally salted with macabre, improbable incidents of violence, The Man Who Died is deftly plotted, poignant and perceptive in its wry reflections on mortality and very funny.”

    Irish Times, Ireland

  • “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 mounting suspense is infallible. This holds true also for the new The Man Who Died. /…/ The picture of a small town in July, the extravagant patios, and the comically clumsy criminals are all skillfully and deliberately crafted contrasts to noir expectations.”

    Aamulehti, Finland

  • “Antti Tuomainen’s black comedy is a close bulls eye. /…/ Tuomainen is breaking new ground. The Man Who Died contains numerous excellent insights into the gray area between life and death, and the Finnish character also gets its share. The stance of the narrator gives rise to many a laugh.”

    Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

  • “Antti Tuomainen’s new novel The Man Who Died skips the foreplay and gets down to business in a way that has you hooked immediately. /…/ The Man Who Died is extremely well written. Tuomainen’s strength, in addition to the story, is strong sentences with well thought out content.”

    Turun Sanomat, Finland

  • “Known for his dark stories, Antti Tuomainen surprises by writing a truly funny crime novel. More intriguing even 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 preparation for the inevitable. The humor arises from the insane situations in which the man who searches for his own killer finds himself.”

    Gloria, Finland

  • “Tuomainen places this breathless adventure in sweltering [Finnish town of] Hamina, and the story includes mushrooms, a samurai sword, secrets, and the inevitable, impending death of the main character. You just can’t let go of this book!”

    Kodin Kuvalehti, Finland

  • “[...] Thus begins The Man Who Died, 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. /.../ [The Man Who Died] is a first-rate performance. A manifestation of Tuomainen’s skills and ability to transform.”

    Kansan Uutiset, Finland

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Author
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Published
2016
Genre
  • Literary
Pages
301
Rights sold

Czech Republic, Zlin

Finland, Like

France, Fleuve Noir

Germany, Rowohlt

Poland, Albatros

UK, Orenda Books

Film rights sold

Finland, Luminoir

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