The man who died / Antti Tuomainen ; translated from the Finnish by David Hackston.
Booklist Reviews 2018 March #2
*Starred Review* This one is a winner right from the first sentence: "It's a good job you provided a urine sample, too." This is a doctor speaking, giving narrator Jaako Kaunismaa the news that he's been poisoned and will shortly be gone forever. At least for a short while, Jaako still has his gorgeous wife and their business gleaning and selling pine mushrooms in their little Finnish village. Arriving at home, burdened by his somber news, Jaako finds the gorgeous wife riding their mushrooming assistant "as though she were trying to climb a mountainside on horseback." Are they the poisoners? Then there's a rival mushroom company, with thuggish management. Is it them? Jaako must turn detective to solve his own murder, and he goes about it with energy and mordant humor. After all, "I'll only be murdered once." The action scenes are fun but unconvincing: our potbellied hero keeps getting the best of seasoned bullyboys. The best parts, while we wait for the surprising revelations, are Jaako's takes on his situation. From this moment on, he reasons, he can eat all the ice cream he wants, as "diabetes is the least of my worries." An offbeat jewel. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
PW Reviews 2018 March #3
Jaako Kaunismaa, the overweight, friendless, 37-year-old narrator of this offbeat, relentlessly funny crime novel from Tuomainen (