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The healer

The healer

Tuomainen, Antti, author

People are fleeing to the far north where conditions are still tolerable. Social order is crumbling. Tapani Lehtinen, a struggling poet, is among the few still willing and able to live in the city. When Tapani's wife Johanna, a journalist, goes missing, he embarks on a frantic hunt for her

Hardback, Book. English. Suspense fiction. Thriller. Fiction in Translation.
Published London: Harvill Secker, 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Antti Tuomainen ; translated from the Finnish by Lola Rogers
ISBN: 1446485080, 1846555876, 9781446485088, 9781846555879
Physical Description: 246 pages ; 25 cm
Subject: Helsinki (Finland) Fiction.
Uniform Title: Parantaja. English

Author note

Antti Tuomainenwas born in 1971 and lives in Helsinki. He was an award-winning copywriter in the advertising industry before he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. In 2011 Tuomainen's third novel,The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for 'Best Finnish Crime Novel 2011'. The Finnish press labelledThe Healer'unputdownable'. Critics praised his piercing and evocative style, and acknowledged him as one of the first writers to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula.The Healerwas shortlisted for the Glass Key Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel in 2012 (previous winners include Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo, Arnaldur Indridason, Karin Fossum and Hakan Nesser).


"Tersely written, full of twists and sudden violence, this is nothing less than the birth of a new genre: dystopian detection"
Sunday Telegraph||"A fine read, and an interesting twist on Scandi-noir"
Sunday Herald||"Tuomainen's spare style suits the subject and raises a serious question: how you find hope when law and order break down?"
Financial Times||"The book belongs to a long line of disaster novels that includes titles by John Christopher and JG Ballard. Tuomainen's book is set in the near future, but nothing here is less than frighteningly plausible"
Independent||"In this Finnish blend of thriller and dystopia, Tuomainen adds a new, an almost Ballardian flavour of SF apocalypse to the much-loved recipes of Nordic noir"