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by Orenda Books, 18th October 2018. ISBN: 978-1-912374-31-1 (PB)
How can one shy
away from what’s described as Sex, lies
and ill-fitting swimwear…Sun Protection Factor 100? In some
ten years in the genre of crime fictionthis Finnish author has amply demonstrated his talent andversatility. Three acclaimed books precede
this one, namelyThe Healer,The
Mine and The Man Who Died all quite different and page-turning and earning
him the accolade from the Finnish media as the King of Helsinki Noir.
translated by David Hackston, the story whisks the reader to a sleepy seaside town
that has been subjected to a rebranding, as the title suggests, as a must go to
holiday resort, by businessman Jorma Leivo, a small-time fraudster.Desperate to get his hands on the last piece
of real estate to add value to his garish chalet village dotted with plastic
palm trees, he hires, on the cheap, a couple of hapless bungling amateurs to
scare and wear down its owner, glamorous windsurfer Olivia recently back in her
home town to claim her dilapidated inheritance.
tactics goes awry and Jan Nyman, a canny detective in the covert operations
unit of the National Central Police is rushed in undercover (a Maths teacher on
holiday) to investigate a professional hit that has taken place.
Written from multiple viewpoints which render
the story truly engaging, the cast of characters is diverse and wildly
eccentric, and simply leap from the page; the situations are satirical,
slapstick and farcical and the dialogue is crisp and darkly comic.The author’s skill in weaving a riveting tale
that never falters or bores is not only highly original, deeply tongue in
cheek, and imaginatively spunky but also masterful. What’s not to like? It’s a fantastic read that doesn’t disappoint.
Finnish author Antti Tuomainen was born in Helsinki, Finland where he
lives with his wife. 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
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.
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicalsthen turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.