A review of ”The man who died” from Antti Tuomainen

I finished a book ”The man who died” from Antti Tuomainen as part of my this year #helmetreadingchallenge2019

I have not read any books from Antti Tuomainen before and this one surprised me. It was dark, witty with some dry humour and I laughed out loud several times. It’s odd considering that the book tells the story of a dying man and the genre is more or less Thriller or Nordic noir.

The main character disturbed me a little. He was emotionless, or seemed so as he did not actually reacted to anything. The writer told us how he felt, but I could not feel the emotion. Same goes with his actions that make no sense and I wondered several times the why’s in this books as it seemed so absurd time to time. There are no explanations to the illogical things in this book and I have come to understand that it is supposed to be like that.

The story itself is great to read and it has a good tempo so I was not bored at all even if I did not understand everything.

I will definitely read more books from Antti Tuomainen in the future and I recommend this book to everyone who does not take life too seriously and likes to read books from Nordic writers.

My version was translated to English by David Hackston. At Amazon, the boom costs 9.29 $ so it is little bit more expensive than my usual books.

This back cover text is from Amazon:

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.

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