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Publsihed by Orenda Books, 17 October 2019. ISBN:
A remote town in Finland, in the
dead of winter. A man is driving at speed along a road when a meteorite crashes
into his car. It turns out to be immensely valuable, and villagers take turns
guarding it in their local museum until it can be collected for secure storage.One of the guards is the local pastor, and
there’s a break-in on his first watch, which involves him in an escalating
cycle of violence.
from the opening chapter, Pastor Joel narrates this fast-moving thriller about
sudden bolts from the blue - manna from heaven. He’s an engaging, honest
narrator whose dilemma quickly draws you in: his beloved wife, Krista, has told
him that she’s pregnant. However Joel was injured in Afghanistan, and hasn’t
dared to confess to Krista that he can’t father a child. His attempts to find
out who Krista’s lover is while simultanously dealing with several plots to
take the meteor provide a good deal of black humour, and his time in the army
has left him capable of dealing in a most un-pastor-like way with a set of
Russian gangsters. Other characters are both entertainingly and sympathetically
drawn: the siren Kristiina; Tarvainen, the ex-rally driver; the village elder
with selective deafness; enigmatic Krista, and of course Joel’s recurrent
doomster parishioner. The background is vividly created, a small town where
everyone knows everything, in the grip of Finland’s long, snowy winter.
funny and surprisingly touching, with memorable characters, non-stop action and
a satisfying ending.
Finnish author Antti
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.
Marsali 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.