Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for Palm Beach, Finland by Antti Tuomainen, which is available now from Orenda Books (links below).
About the book
Jan Nyman, the ace detective of the covert operations unit of the National Central Police, is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate a mysterious death. Nyman arrives in the town dominated by a bizarre holiday village – the ‘hottest beach in Finland’. The suspect: Olivia Koski, who has only recently returned to her old hometown. The mission: find out what happened, by any means necessary. With a nod to Fargo, and the darkest noir, Palm Beach, Finland is both a page-turning thriller and a wicked black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams and people struggling at turning points in their lives … from the ‘King of Helsinki Noir’.
Palm Beach, Finland is a darkly comic romp that reminded me of the work of Carl Hiaasen, early Christopher Brookmyre and – as the blurb says – Fargo.
Jan Nyman is a likeable lead character, and one of the few points of relative sanity in the farcical plot, and Olivia Koski is strong and ballsy. Rent-an-idiot(s), Chico and Robin seem brilliantly inept and Holma is creepy and unnerving. I think my favourite character though was Muurla, Nyman’s boss, with his excruciating and hilarious over-sharing of extremely personal details!
The bleak setting of the town and resort is clearly described and fits well with the overall story and adds to the feeling of desperation surrounding the various characters.
The story is well written and smartly plotted; it is an original tale and filled with amusing observations and funny lines.
It is also action-packed and murderous and thrilling and very entertaining, so if you like your humour dark and your stories quirky, I highly recommend Palm Beach, Finland.
Thank you to Orenda Books for the ARC of Palm Beach, Finland and to Anne Cater for my stop on the blog tour.
About the author
Finnish Antti Tuomainen 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. Two years later, in 2013, the Finnish press crowned Tuomainen the ‘King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and his poignant, dark and hilarious The Man Who Died became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards.
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the fab bloggers on the tour for Palm Beach, Finland: