Monday, 2 October 2017

BEST OF CRIME with Antti Tuomainen

Welcome to my latest BEST OF CRIME feature, looking at crime writers' top picks, from their favourite author and fictional detective to their best writing tip. 

Today I'm delighted to welcome 


for his The Man Who Died blog tour

to share his BEST OF CRIME ...

Elmore Leonard and Lawrence Block. Great writers who, with the help of a few others, got me into this writing life. 

Fargo. I recently watched it again and it was even better than I remembered. 

The Wire. In my mind, still the best television show ever. 

I probably don't have one. 

Rust Cohle from TV show True Detective, season 1. Played pitch-perfect by Matthew McConaughey, Rust Cohle is the ultimate self-destructive, philosophical detective and the smartest guy in any room. 

There is a scene in my new book The Man Who Died in which the character has a self-inflicted accident with a samurai sword. That one is pretty good, if I say so myself.

Charles Willeford surprised me when I was young. In his novel Miami Blues, the psychopath arriving in Miami kills a Hare Krishna man by twisting his finger. 

... BLOGS/WEBSITES Pressfield has some very interesting things to say about writing and especially about working as a professional writer.

Write every day. Set realistic goals. Finish what you started. Learn from others. 

Apples. They're great. Eating an apple is the perfect break, both timewise and energetically. Just make sure you get ones with plenty of delicious crunch. 

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. The Mine, published in 2016, was an international bestseller. All of his books have been optioned for TV/film. With his piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen is one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and The Man Who Died sees him at his literary best. 

Find Antti Tuomainen on his website, on his Facebook page and on Twitter - @antti_tuomainen


Publisher's description
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 rollercoaster 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 page-turning 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.

Read a snippet of my review
'It made me laugh and grimace at times, and also made me sad. It's very different from anything else I've read in a while, with some brilliant twists that I really didn't see coming at all.'

To read the rest of my review, click here.

The Man Who Died is being published by Orenda Books on 10 October 2017.

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