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Derniers mètres jusqu'au cimetière (Domaine policier) (French Edition)

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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.… (mais)
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The Man Who Died de Antti Tuomainen

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Very disappointing. This had the potential to be a very black farce, or a heartbreaking tragedy, and it is neither. The author doesn't seem to know how to get real emotion out of his premise: at the beginning of the novel, the narrator has just been told by his doctor that the vague, distressing symptoms he's been suffering for some weeks are the result of poisoning, and he has possibly only days to live. Tuomainen struggles with both the existential horror of his character's situation, and the physical practicalities -- it's as if he had a little alarm clock on his desk, as he wrote, which went off every few hundred words to remind him to have his character either lament his imminent death, or suffer some random physical symptoms. Or both. Just so the reader doesn't forget that he's dying, and all. It all feels as authentic as a 3-Euro note ...

One star for two scenes of very sudden and unexpected black farce, in which two characters meet very sticky ends. If the whole book had managed to maintain that tone, this would have been a little gem. ( )
  maura853 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Scandinavian (Finnish) noir. In the opening scene, we find our protagonist Jaakko Kaunismaa in a doctor's office being told he has been poisoned over a sustained period and will soon die. Jaakko is a Finnish mushroom entrepreneur, based in a small town, who has built a successful business selling to the Japanese. In short order, he finds out that he has substantial problems in his personal life and his professional life: in both cases, an invasive competitor. Jaakko is determined to expose the murderer before he dies, breaking into his business competitor's office, where there are security cameras, causing suspicion by a detective, who is puzzled as the owner-brothers start disappearing in ways very reminiscent of the movie Fargo. Irreverent and enjoyable. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
The Man Who Died is Jaakko, a happily married entrepreneur in his late 30s who visits the doctor because he's got flu-like symptoms that he can't shake, but who instead finds out that he's being poisoned to death by an irreversible natural toxin which has built up in his system over time. Before he dies, Jaakko is determined to find out who killed him and to ensure the survival of his mushroom-export company.

This is a quick, entertaining read—like one of the better class of airplane reads but with a bit of quirk to it. The book sags in the middle, though, and the ending (both in itself and in how it explains (or doesn't) things that have happened before) doesn't quite work. A diverting read, albeit not I think a memorable one. ( )
  siriaeve | May 5, 2021 |
A light, entertaining read by a Finnish author - in the style of Carl Hiassen ( )
  PennyMck | Nov 20, 2020 |
This book reminded me a bit of "The Restraint of Beasts," by Magnus Mills. Humorously matter-of-fact murders in a farming setting. But Tuomainen's story and writing are far more engaging, and his narrator more interesting. The humor is better, too! I don't think I've seen before a mystery where the detective solves his own murder. The ending was just so-so, but I enjoyed the quirky style and setting.

> The good thing about death is that as it draws closer many things I used to think were important lose their significance. This doesn't happen the way you’d think or the way you hear people saying: that your loved ones become more important, that money loses its meaning, that the spirit of god (or God) and an appreciation of an eternal afterlife flickers into being. In my case my loved ones have become my enemies, the success of my business is now the most important thing of all, and the flame of eternal life is merely something that burns Sami to a crisp and glows like an ember, slowly simmering as it awaits us all. ( )
  breic | Aug 1, 2020 |
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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.

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