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The Man Who Died
The Man Who Died

The Man Who Died


300 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: May 2018

ISBN 9781910633847

Rights: US & CA

Orenda Books (May 2018)


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With a nod to Fargo and the best elements of the Scandinavian noir tradition, this page-turning thriller is brimming with the blackest comedy surrounding life and death, and love and betrayal, marking a stunning new departure for the King of Helsinki Noir

'Tuomainen probes the chilliest depths of noir comedy as he explores the question of what to do when loved ones suddenly become the enemy' Publishers Weekly 'Tuomainen is the funniest writer in Europe' Marcel Berlins, The Times A dark, page-turning thriller, brimming with black comedy, from the King of Helsinki Noir A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just 37 years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he's dying. What is more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him.

Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful rollercoaster journey full of unusual characters, bizarre situations and unexpected twists. With a nod to Fargo and the best elements of the Scandinavian noir tradition, The Man Who Died is a page-turning thriller brimming with the blackest comedy surrounding life and death, and love and betrayal, marking a stunning new departure for the King of Helsinki Noir. ''Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I enjoyed every single sentence' Thomas Enger 'An original and darkly funny thriller with a Coen Brothersesque feel & tremendous style' Eva Dolan '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 'Tuomainen's dark story manages to be as delicious as it is Toxic' Sunday Express 'Told in a darkly funny, deadpan style … The result is a rollercoaster read' Guardian


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

"U.S. audiences should prepare to be every bit as enthralled as the Finns." —Booklist starred review of The Healer

 "This one is a winner right from the first sentence." —Booklist

"a tightly paced Scandinavian thriller with a wicked sense of humor and a bumbling ne'er -do-well at its center."—Foreword Reviews

"[a] relentlessly funny crime novel." —Publishers Weekly

"Brimming with black comedy and unexpected pathos, this is a clever and witty book."—

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.