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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 roller-coaster 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 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.

©2017 Antti Tuomainen (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Jaako is a Fun Guy

A book that achieves the novel scenario of allowing a man to investigate his own murder without any supernatural chicanery doesn't sound like one to be taken lightly. However The Man Who Died really can't be taken that seriously either. The disclaimer at the start of the book probably guides you towards the correct approach to this one.

For me this book was a really light ride. Plenty of wry smiles, I very much warmed to Jaako from the start. A decent guy in a ridiculous situation. There aren't too many laugh out loud moments but I was pleasantly charmed by the whole thing from early on and it's an intriguingly original story.

The narration by David Hackston feels to hit a lot of the right notes even if maybe it is a little dry in terms of delivery.

So, possibly a niche book but if you fancy something a little different in your Scandinavian noir then this tale set in the murky and surprisingly cut-throat world of mushroom entrepreneurs is well worth a try.

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Innovative thriller with a wry sense of humour

I must admit I thought I had my fill of Scandi Noir after ploughing my way through the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series. This however tempted me in with a very promising storyline. A thriller based around the Finnish Mushroom industry is definitely unusual and when you add a charming and self-deprecating hero who handles the news of his imminent demise with bemusement, you really are in for a refreshing treat. This is a story that keeps you in the dark until the very end and delivers an almost equal quantity of laughs and thrills along the way. People say this reminds them of Fargo and I think they are spot on.
Kris Dyer presents this very well. His voice reminds me of David Mitchell (of Mitchell and Webb) and his natural sparkle is perfect for this material. This I my first book by Antti Toumainen and after this I will be in the market for more. Overall this is a 10/10 from me and a great pleasure to find a new and original author to enjoy.

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A murder with some humour.


Humorous and sometimes irreverent, but never boring, a crime story with a difference that will not disappoint especially if you are not a person who reads the genre all the time, and a breath of fresh air if you do.

A very entertaining read with a good plot and a likeable character that keeps you engaged and smiling.

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Knew it was good right from 1st page

Original. Interesting how time slows when you are in critical moments. How you notice many simultaneous minutiae. Well described here. Good yarn. Loved it. Narrator hit just the right type of delivery.

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Very interesting and different

This was a fantastic listen, a bit sarcastic and with some irony but also different.

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dog walker sussex

Having read great reviews on Amazon, I was so disappointed with the narrator. Gave up!.

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Unusual premise, loved it.

In my effort to be less ethnocentric I’m listening to fiction from countries I’ve never read anything from. Highly recommend this twist turny unusual ‘who dunnit’ from a Finnish novelist. Who knew the mushroom business was so cutthroat! Beautifully read and translated too.

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Witty, Entertaining, Morality Tale

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's not just a comical, witty and wonderfully matter-a-factly delivered tale. It makes you think about humanity and what your reactions might be if you knew your mortality might end so soon.

What did you like best about this story?

The matter of fact, dry delivery

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scence when our here figures out how and then who has poisoned him.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Indeed, I am not listening to it a second time, it is that good.

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Doesn't live up to its reputation

This was quite a good story and I did see it through to the end, but somehow it wasn't really what I expected having read the glowing reviews that talk about the amazingly funny writing. OK it had a few amusing moments – but a lot of the humour was plain silly.
Underneath it all there was a reasonable story, with OK characters and and a reasonable plot. I don't think I will search out any more books from this writer.

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Intriguing story but Finnish words mangled

Slow but intriguing thriller. I enjoyed it but the Finnish place and peoples' names were mangled. For comedy value listen to the mangling of Isoympärikatu, but only for Finnish speakers. I'm afraid the terrible pronunciation jarred, but if you don't speak Finnish then a gently moving thriller with an odd set of twists at the end.

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  • wendybird
  • 27-09-18

Darkly funny

This is a pretty engaging mystery that plays out among Finnish mushroom entrepreneurs--really, I swear. Two things about the book made it stand out for me. First, the book opens with the main character finding out he's been poisoned beyond all hope of recovery and has weeks/days to live. This leads him to investigate who did it, but as a man with a terminal prognosis he goes about this in a manner only a "dead" man can. Second, as I was listening to the audiobook, I realized that the narrator sounds a lot like David Mitchell's character in Peepshow, and the character he voices has a lot of the same neuroses--not to mention a proclivity for dry asides about, say, how manufacturers of crappy printers must be in cahoots with antidepressant makers to drive humanity mad. Everything about the story, the off-kilter humor and occasional bursts of darkly humorous violence, feels like either a particularly warped episode of Peep Show, or a Coen Brothers film. If that sounds good to you, check it out.

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  • 19-05-22

Not exactly a standard mystery

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Amazing things are addressed! Trust issues; murder; facing imminent death; deceit; love; self-knowledge…. The story is involved and it has surprising twists. And, the reader is left hanging on and unknowable thread at the end, but it's not uncomfortable in that respect.
It's a mystery, but it's far from standard! I like it a lot.

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  • 27-01-21

If you know some Finns...

...the significance of this story and its perfect narration will delight you! Droll understatement and superb timing highlight an inventive puzzle of a story.

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  • BallaghMan
  • 09-10-20

Quirky.

Interesting plot. I have to say having such a cultured British accent narrate doesn’t quite fit. But the novelty of the plot characters and locale makes up for it. For those that like this try “Norwegian by night”.

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  • 21-01-18

A fresh story line albeit a bit slow

Not a fast mover but a good story with good characters. New storyline that I haven’t heard before.