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Palm Beach, Finland
Palm Beach, Finland

Palm Beach, Finland

FICTION

300 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Mobipocket, EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: April 2019

ISBN 9781912374311

Rights: US & CA

Orenda Books (Apr 2019)

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Overview

Filled with sex, lies, and ill-fitting swimwear, this Nordic thriller combines black comedy and a murder mystery

Fargo meets Baywatch in a dark, poignant comedy thriller by the King of Helsinki Noir 'A roller-coaster read and extraordinarily poignant' Guardian 'Tuomainen is the funniest writer in Europe' Marcel Berlins, The TimesSex, lies and ill-fitting swimwear … Sun Protection Factor 100 Jan Nyman, the ace detective of the covert operations unit of the National Central Police, is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate a mysterious death. Nyman arrives in the town dominated by a bizarre holiday village – the 'hottest beach in Finland'. The suspect: Olivia Koski, who has only recently returned to her old hometown. The mission: find out what happened, by any means necessary. With a nod to Fargo, and dark noir, Palm Beach, Finland is both a page-turning thriller and a black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams and people struggling at turning points in their lives – chasing their fantasies regardless of reason. Right up there with the best' TLS 'Deftly plotted, poignant and perceptive in its wry reflections on mortality and very funny' Irish Times 'Like the death cap mushroom, Tuomainen's dark story manages to be as delicious as it is toxic' Sunday Express 'A winner right from the first sentence … an offbeat jewel' Publishers Weekly 'A tightly paced Scandinavian thriller with a wicked sense of humour' Foreword Reviews

Reviews

"Offbeat, relentlessly funny crime. . . . Full of black ironies, this welter of suspicions, revenge, and hilarious physical and verbal combat makes some pungent reflections on life and death. Tuomainen probes the chilliest depths of noir comedy." —Publishers Weekly starred review of The Man Who Died

"A tightly paced Scandinavian thriller with a wicked sense of humor." —Foreword Reviews on The Man Who Died

 "This one is a winner right from the first sentence." —Booklist on The Man Who Died

"Dark and thrilling, funny and intelligent, this Fargo-like novel contains lethal doses of humour—and mushrooms." —Sofi Oksanen, author, Purge, on The Man Who Died

"U.S. audiences should prepare to be every bit as enthralled as the Finns. . . . Readers attracted either to dystopian fiction or to Scandinavian crime will find gold here." —Booklist starred review of The Healer

"Tuomainen delivers another delightful slice of dark humour and crime, full of bizarros, downbeats and deluded characters worthy of Carl Hiaasen. . . . The premise of the story is familiar but the twists and highly original absurdities Tuomainen weaves around it will have you in stitches and his characters jump out of the page with gusto. . . . You'll laugh, you'll cry with laughter, what is there not to like? Welcome to a classic new holiday resort!" —Crime Time

Author Biography

Finnish Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. The critically acclaimed My Brother's Keeper was published two years later. In 2011, Tuomainen's third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for 'Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011' and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award. Two years later, in 2013, the Finnish press crowned Tuomainen the 'King of Helsinki Noir' when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and his poignant, dark and hilarious The Man Who Died became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards. The recently published Palm Beach, Finland has been a massive critical success, with Marcel Berlins of The Times calling him 'the funniest writer in Europe', and making it one of his books of the year.