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.
‘Right up there with the best’ TLS
‘Deftly plotted, poignant and perceptive in its wry reflections on mortality and very funny’ Irish Times
‘Like the death cap mushroom, Tuomainen’s dark story manages to be as delicious as it is toxic’ Sunday Express
‘A roller-coaster read and extraordinarily poignant’ Guardian
‘A winner right from the first sentence … an offbeat jewel’ Publishers Weekly
‘A tightly paced Scandinavian thriller with a wicked sense of humour’ Foreword Reviews
‘Is it wrong that I really want to visit this Palm Beach even though its fictional and sit on an inflatable flamingo? Antti has one wicked sense of humour and this is no more apparent than in this book. It’s dark, humourous and darkly humourous. Palm Beach Finland is a destination you’ll want to have on your literary boarding pass this summer!’ The Book Trail
‘Finnish criminal chucklemeister Tuomainen is channelling Carl Hiaasen in this hilarious novel set in a bizarre Florida-style beach resort on Finland’s chilly shore. There are comically inept dim-crims, inventive psychos, a hot babe and even a blow-up pink flamingo — which is a lot for ace detective Jan Nyman to deal with when he arrives, undercover, to investigate a mysterious death.’ Palm Beach, Finland was recommended in the Times Crime Club
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.
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I loved the subtlety of the humour in The Man Who Died and this has been perfected once more for Palm Beach Finland. Characterisation is brilliant, the description of the landscape as chilling as a Finnish summer and the story… Oh boy the story. So many times I was out and out chuckling. Many elements I could identify with and then a series of scenarios and situations which were just timed to perfection. And is it wrong that I really liked one of the darker characters in the story, Holma? His loyalty is to be admired, his methods for obtaining cooperation less so. He was fab. Pack up your towels, your buckets and spades and your warmest windcheater and head off to Palm Beach Finland. This is one summer vacation you won’t forget in a hurry. Loved it. Jen Med’s Book Reviews
As the name implies, Scandi Noir can be quite heavy and intense. Palm Beach, Finland offers the best of a police investigation with an undercover cop you can’t help but fall for, and it doesn’t stop there. Suspicions are all around, everyone has something to hide, and yet… And yet there is so much pleasure to take from reading about this murder. Yes, pure pleasure coming from a different literary voice tackling the issues we are used read about. The case is the perfect pretext to take a closer look at what drives us to do what we do. Like a summer breeze, swimming in and out of the muddy water with witty remarks, spot-on comments, and an attention to details that make this trip to the ocean a million times worth it, the author hits the mark and provides a unique and unforgettable tale of dreams. I will not give anything away regarding the plot, or even the characters. This must me one of the vaguest reviews I have ever written. But this is okay. I truly believe in Palm Beach, Finland, in its cover, and in the novel itself, and I have no doubts you will love it’ Chocolate N Waffles