Palm Beach, Finland
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Palm Beach, Finland

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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 Times

Sex, 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17.78mm | 294.84g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 1912374315
  • 9781912374311
  • 183,986

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"Tuomainen always steps into the new with each novel and PALM BEACH FINLAND, in this assured translation by David Hackston, takes a Finnish slice from the comic, crazy, greedy, crime world of the likes of Get Shorty or Fargo. Where will Tuomainen's imagination take us next? I don't know but before that--read this one. Absolutely recommended." --Euro Crime "The tale twists and turns unexpectedly and this is the beauty of Tuomainen's writing. He has a unique way of seeing things and eloquently passes that on to his readers. The book has an exploding sauna in it. How much more Finnish could you get?" --Nordic Noir "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 "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 "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 "This one is a winner right from the first sentence." --Booklist on The Man Who Died "A tightly paced Scandinavian thriller with a wicked sense of humor." --Foreword Reviews on The Man Who Died "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
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About Antti Tuomainen

Finnish Antti Tuomainen (b. 1971) 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. The Finnish press labelled The Healer - the story of a writer desperately searching for his missing wife in a post-apocalyptic Helsinki - `unputdownable'. Two years later in 2013 they crowned Tuomainen `The King of Helsinki Noir' when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen is one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula. The Man Who Died brought him to his literary best.
Follow Antti on Twitter @antti_tuomainen, on Facebook facebook.com/AnttiTuomainen and on his website: www.antituomainen.com David Hackston is a British Translator of Finnish and Swedish literature and drama. Notable publications include The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, Maria Peura's coming-of-age novel At the Edge of Light, Johanna Sinisalo's eco-thriller Birdbrain, two crime novels by Matti Joensuu and Kati Hiekkapelto's Anna Fekete series (which currently includes The Hummingbird, The Defenceless and The Exiled, all published by Orenda Books). He also translates Antti Tuomainen's stories. In 2007 he was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Translation. David is also a professional countertenor and a founding member of the English Vocal Consort of Helsinki.
Follow David on Twitter @Countertenorist
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Rating details

216 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 19% (40)
4 39% (84)
3 35% (76)
2 7% (16)
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