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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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  • Sjofn Thor
  • 12-31-17

Very interesting and different

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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 12-16-17

Jaako is a Funguy (sic)

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 world of mushroom entrepreneurs is well worth a try.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-18

Thought this would be thrilling

seven chapters about mushroom collecting business yawn could not finish and the reader has very dull voice

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-29-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-27-17

dog walker sussex

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

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  • mollyeyre
  • 01-14-18

Doesn't live up to the reviews

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.