Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful roller-coaster 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 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.
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By Simon on 05-08-18
Jaako is a Fun Guy
A book that achieves the novel scenario of allowing a man to investigate his own murder without any supernatural chicanery doesn't sound like one to be taken lightly. However The Man Who Died really can't be taken that seriously either. The disclaimer at the start of the book probably guides you towards the correct approach to this one.
For me this book was a really light ride. Plenty of wry smiles, I very much warmed to Jaako from the start. A decent guy in a ridiculous situation. There aren't too many laugh out loud moments but I was pleasantly charmed by the whole thing from early on and it's an intriguingly original story.
The narration by David Hackston feels to hit a lot of the right notes even if maybe it is a little dry in terms of delivery.
So, possibly a niche book but if you fancy something a little different in your Scandinavian noir then this tale set in the murky and surprisingly cut-throat world of mushroom entrepreneurs is well worth a try.
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By Amazon Customer on 29-12-17
Knew it was good right from 1st page
Original. Interesting how time slows when you are in critical moments. How you notice many simultaneous minutiae. Well described here. Good yarn. Loved it. Narrator hit just the right type of delivery.
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