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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

Awards

Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
Shortlisted for Last Laugh Award (Best Humorous Crime of the year) UK – Palm Beach Finland Palm Beach, Finland 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 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 Award The Nordic Countries – Parantaja The Healer 2011
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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.

‘The Man Who Died’ shortlisted for the Petrona Award

The Man Who Died, Antti Tuomainen’s dark, thrilling and humorous novel, has been shortlisted for the Petrona Award 2018 for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year’. The international crime fiction convention CrimeFest will present the winner of the award at a gala dinner on May 19th.

‘The Man Who Died’ shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award

Antti Tuomainen’s dark, thrilling and humorous The Man Who Died has been shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award. The award is given to the best humorous crime novel published in the the UK in 2017. The international crime fiction convention CrimeFest will present this award, along with other awards, at a dinner on May 19th.

‘The Man Who Died’ one of the ‘20 best crime books of 2017’

Antti Tuomainen’s The Man Who Died, a critically lauded thriller brimming with the black comedy of life and death, has been named one of the ‘20 best crime books of 2017’ by the Irish Times.

New title: ‘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.

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.

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