Thursday 24 November 2016

The Mine by Antti Tuomainen #FinnishInvasion @antti_tuomainen #BlogTour @OrendaBooks

A hitman. A journalist. A family torn apart. Can he uncover the truth before it's too late?

In the dead of winter, investigative reporter Janne Vuori sets out to uncover the truth about a mining company, whose illegal activities have created an environmental disaster in a small town in Northern Finland. When the company's executives begin to die in a string of mysterious accidents, and Janne's personal life starts to unravel, past meets present in a catastrophic series of events that could cost him his life.

A traumatic story of family, a study in corruption, and a shocking reminder that secrets from the past can return to haunt us, with deadly results … The Mine is a gripping, beautifully written, terrifying and explosive thriller by the King of Helsinki Noir.

I'm delighted to welcome you to my second spot on the #FinnishInvasion BLOG TOUR. Today's post is all about The Mine by Antti Tuomainen, published by Orenda Books on 17 November 2016.

Antti Tuomainen begins The Mine with an intriguing and enticing prologue. The reader doesn't know who the character is, but these couple of pages are written with such care and clarity that you are captured straight away ..... and then left wondering ....

Janne Vuori is an investigative journalist, working on one of the last traditional newspapers in
Finland. When he receives an anonymous message regarding a nickel mine in Suomalahti, in the north of the country, he is determined to follow it up. And so, Janne and the reader travel through the bitter cold and biting winds, into raging gales and snowstorms to discover what really is going on at the Finn Mining Company.

The author's descriptive prose is vividly sharp, he creates a bitterly cold world that is both atmospheric and terrifying, adding a layer of fear and apprehension to what is a cleverly plotted story.

The Mine is a story of struggles. Janne's personal struggles, his inner battle between trying to be the best journalist he can, whilst also being a great husband and father. His wife is tired of Janne's work, she's tired of being the responsible one in their relationship and Janne feels bad, yet his determination to uncover the truth spur him on, and cause more grief and more unrest.

Janne uncovers far more than he expected, including links to his own past that have been buried for many years. The Mine has its fair share of murder and corruption and greed, with long hidden secrets that are clamouring to be discovered.

The Mine is an excellent thriller that deals with extremely topical issues. The setting is perfect and the translation is so well done. Oh, and that ending .......

My thanks to Orenda Books who sent my copy for review.

Finnish Antti Tuomainen (b. 1971) was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007. The critically aclaimed My Brother's Keeper was published two years later. In 2011, Tuomainen's third novel, The Healer, won '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 his piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen is one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and he is currently working on his seventh thriller.

Follow him on Twitter @antti_tuomainen
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About the translator:  David Hackston is a British translator of Finnish and Swedish literature and drama. Notable publications include The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, Maria Peura's coming-of-age novel At the Edge of Light, Johanna Sinisalo's eco-thriller Birdbrain, two crime novels by Matti Joensuu, and Kati Hiekkapelto's Anna Fekete series (which currently includes The Hummingbird, The Defenceless and The Exiled).
In 2007 he was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Translation.
David is also a professional countertenor and a founding member of the English Vocal Consort of Helsinki.
Follow David on Twitter @Countertenorist


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