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by Orenda Books, 15 Novenber 2916. ISBN: 978-1-91063-353-3
Finland; the present day.
Investigative reporter Janne Vuori is sent an anonymous message about a
cover-up of an environmental disaster causes by one of North Finland’s flagship
companies, Finn Mining Limited. His quest for the truth leads him into danger,
and puts pressure on his already fragile relationship with his family.
stylish page-turner is narrated through two key characters: in the first person
by Janne himself, and in the third person, following a mysterious assassain who
is also involved in the events, although we are only gradually shown how – this
strand of the plot has a particularly good end twist. Janne is a compulsive
journalist, blocking out everything else once he’s on the track of a story –
there were times when I definitely sympathised with his partner, Pauliina,
particularly when he kept forgetting to pick up their daughter, and when his
activities put his family at risk. However he’s also quick-witted in following
the threads of this intricate plot, and the action in the novel keeps going.The
description gives a real feel of wintry Finland, and the differences between
Helsinki and the country highlighted – not least in the indifference of
politicians to places that have few voters and no news cameras, and the way big
businesses can hold country areas to ransom with offers of work. The
environmental plot looks in detail at the viability of mining in North Finland,
following a real-life example, but the main story is of a father’s relationship
with the son he abandoned as a baby.
elegantly-written environmental thriller, combining message with action, and
with an unusual supporting character in the assassain, Emil. Highly
Antti Tuomainenwas born in
1971. He 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 labeled 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.
Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and
came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time
teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and two
Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by
history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as
a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys
exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.