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Antti Tuomainen

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 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.

“You don’t expect to laugh when you’re reading about terrible crimes, but that’s what you’ll do when you pick up one of Tuomainen’s decidedly quirky thrillers.”
New York Times

“Tuomainen is the funniest writer in Europe.”
The Times

“Antti Tuomainen is a wonderful writer. His characters, plots and atmosphere are masterfully drawn.”
Yrsa Sigurdardottir


The Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Pikku Siperia Little Siberia 2020
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK – Pikku Siperia Little Siberia 2020
Shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award (Best humorous crime novel of the year) UK – Pikku Siperia Little Siberia 2020
Shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award (Best Humorous Crime of the year) UK – Palm Beach Finland Palm Beach, Finland 2019
Shortlisted for the Prix du Polar Européen (Best Crime Novel of the Year) France – Mies joka kuoli The Man Who Died 2019
Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Mies joka kuoli The Man Who Died 2018
Shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award UK – Mies joka kuoli The Man Who Died 2018
Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Synkkä niin kuin sydämeni Dark As My Heart 2016
The Clue Award (Best Finnish Crime Novel) Finland – Parantaja The Healer 2011
Shortlisted for the Glass Key The Nordic Countries – Parantaja The Healer 2011
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‘The Man Who Died’ to be made into a TV series

The Finnish entertainment service Elisa Viihde has commissioned an original series based on Antti Tuomainen’s bestselling novel The Man Who DiedThe series, which will start shooting in June 2021, is produced by Markku Flink and will be directed by Samuli Valkama. The screenplay is written by Brendan Foley (Cold Courage). The six-episode series will follow the plot of the book closely, centering on the main character, the mushroom entrepreneur Jaakko Kaunismaa (played by Jussi Vatanen) who learns that he is slowly dying from poisoning and decides to find out who wants him dead.

The Man Who Died is definitely one of the funniest novels I’ve read in years. Although the story is truly as Finnish as can be, it will surely delight an international audience who enjoys the dark humor of the Coen brothers and Wes Anderson,” says Markku Flink.

Antti Tuomainen awarded the 2020 Petrona Award

Antti Tuomainen’s Little Siberia is the winner of the prestigious 2020 Petrona Award for “Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.”

The judges’ statement on Little Siberia:

Antti Tuomainen’s Little Siberia stood out on the shortlist for all of the judges. From its arresting opening, in which a meteorite unexpectedly lands on a speeding car, to its very human depiction of a pastor grappling with private and theological crises, this is a pitch-perfect comic crime novel with considerable depth and heart.

The first Finnish crime novel to receive the Petrona Award, Little Siberia is a particularly fitting winner for 2020 – a year in which life was turned upside down. A celebration of resilience, fortitude and simply muddling through, it is a novel for our times.

David Hackston’s fine translation captures Little Siberia’s depictions of an icy northern Finland and its darkly comic tone, skilfully showcasing the writing of one of Scandinavia’s most versatile and original crime authors.

The 2020 Petrona Award shortlist

The Petrona Award’s jury has just presented its shortlist for the 2020 Petrona Award for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.’ The list of six nominees include Antti Tuomainen’s Little Siberia, Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road, Jørn Lier Horst’s The Cabin, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s The Absolution and Thomas Enger’s Inborn.

A quote from the judges about the titles shortlisted for this year’s award:

“The Petrona Award judges selected the shortlist from a rich field. The six novels stand out for their writing, characterisation, plotting, and overall quality. They are original and inventive, often pushing the boundaries of genre conventions, and tackle highly complex subjects such as legacies of the past, mental health issues and the effects of grief.”

The winning title, usually announced at the international crime fiction convention CrimeFest, will now be announced on Thursday 3 December, 2020.

New title: ‘The Rabbit Factor’

What ought one do with one’s life? Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen knows the answer because he calculates everything down to the very last decimal.

Then everything changes. After suddenly losing his job, Henri inherits an adventure park from his brother – its peculiar employees and troubling financial problems included. The most dire of these financial problems appear to originate from big loans taken from criminal quarters, now keen to get their money back.

In the adventure park, Henri also crosses paths with Laura, an artist with a checkered past. As the criminals begin 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 in his spread sheets.

The first installment in a forthcoming trilogy, Antti Tuomainen’s The Rabbit Factor is a darkly comic novel about love, death and insurance mathematics.

Antti Tuomainen shortlisted for the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger

The shortlist for the 2020 CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger has been announced, and among the six remaining nominees vying for the coveted award is Antti Tuomainen, with Little Siberia. The award’s winner will be announced during a ceremony on October 22.

Jørn Lier Horst and Antti Tuomainen longlisted for CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Cabin and Antti Tuomainen’s Little Siberia have both been nominated for the prestigious 2020 CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger Award. The winner will be announced at the CWA Dagger Awards Gala Dinner on October 22nd.

‘Little Siberia’ shortlisted for UK Last Laugh Award

Antti Tuomainen's novel Little Siberia is one of six novels shortlisted for the 2020 Last Laugh Award in the UK, awarded for the best humorous crime novel of the year. A team of British crime fiction reviewers will now select the winner, who will be announced on July 7th.

Antti Tuomainen and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir on The Times’ ‘Best books of the past five years’ list

The Times and the Sunday Times Crime Club have listed the forty best books of the past five years, and Antti Tuomainen and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir each grab a spot on the list. Sigurdardóttir (“The queen of Nordic crime”) does so with The Legacy, the novel that starts off her Freyja & Huldar series. The UK newspaper calls this first installment “an introductory murder that hikes the tension to cardiac-arrest levels. […] Icelandic noir at its reliably gripping best.” Tuomainen (“Scandi noir’s leading chucklemeister”) meanwhile receives an accolade for his humorous Little Siberia, populated by “a splendid cast of characters. /…/ Nordic lols.”

‘Little Siberia’ chosen by The Times as a Best Books of 2019 title

Antti Tuomainen's Little Siberia has been chosen by The Times as one of the Best Books of 2019. The UK-based international daily newspaper writes the following about the novel:

“Scandinavia’s answer to Carl Hiaasen delivers another hectically silly crime caper involving a military chaplain, a suicidal rally driver and a very expensive meteorite.”

‘Little Siberia’ chosen as The Times’ Book of the Month

Antti Tuomainen’s skillfully executed crime novel Little Siberia has been chosen by The Times as Book of the Month. The Times praises Tuomainen, calling him “Scandinavia’s answer to Carl Hiaasen.”

‘Palm Beach, Finland’ shortlisted for Last Laugh Award

Antti Tuomainen’s Palm Beach, Finland has been shortlisted for The Last Laugh Award in the UK. The award will go to the best humorous crime novel published in the British Isles in 2018, and the winner will receive a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

The winning title will be announced during the CrimeFest convention in Bristol, May 11th.

Antti Tuomainen and Roslund & Hellström shortlisted for Prix du Polar Européen

Antti Tuomainen’s The Man Who Died and Roslund & Hellström’s Three Seconds have been shortlisted for the Prix du Polar Européen.

The French literary prize Prix du Polar Européen is annually awarded to the best crime or thriller novel by a European author, in translation or in French. The award was launched by the weekly magazine Le Point in 2003.

The award ceremony will take place during the Quais du Polar in Lyon this weekend, an annual crime festival for both literature and film.

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