The man who died / Antti Tuomainen ; translated from the Finnish by David Hackston.

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      Summary: 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 -- Source other than Library of Congress.
    • Notes:
      Translation of: Mies joka kuoli.
      Translated from Finnish.
    • Other Titles:
      Mies joka kuoli. English
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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 (The Healer), runs a mushroom-exporting business in Hamina, Finland. One horrible summer day, a doctor tells Jaako, who's been suffering from nausea and dizziness, that he's been poisoned and has only weeks to live. He rushes home to tell his wife, Taina, only to spot her and his truck driver, Petri, having sex on the patio. Taina and Petri are too busy to notice Jaako. Though he's sure Taina is poisoning him, Jaako decides not to confront her but to focus in his remaining time on assorted threats to his company, including three local crooks who are opening a rival mushroom firm. 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 as he explores the question of what to do when loved ones suddenly become the enemy. Agent: Federico Ambrosini, Salomonsson Agency (Sweden). (May)

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