Yes – today it is my absolute pleasure to bring to you the exclusive cover reveal for the brand new thriller from Antti Tuomainen and Orenda Books which will be released later this year. Now anyone who follows the blog will know that I am love Antti’s writing and The Man Who Died, the story of mushroom entrepreneur Jakko. Kaunismaa was my books of the year in 2017. I was a bit sad that there was no new book in 2020 but the fabulous Orenda Books have made me a very happy gal by sharing the news that we will be getting the brand new book, The Rabbit Factor, in September for the e-book readers and November for the traditionalists. Not only is this already very smiley news for fans of the author, but guess what? It’s only book one of Antti Tuomainen’s first ever series!!! That’s all the woo’s and a whole heap of the hoo’s right there.
I’m sure you’d like to know what the book is all about. Well, translated once again by the very talented David Hackston, here’s a little blurbish preview and some handy buying links for those, like me, who cannot wait for September to roll around..
About the Book
An insurance mathematician’s carefully ordered life is turned on its head when he unexpectedly loses his job and inherits an adventure park … with a whole host of problems. A quirky, tense and warmly funny thriller from award-winning Finnish author Antti Tuomainen.
What makes life perfect? Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen knows the answer because he calculates everything down to the very last decimal.
And then, for the first time, Henri is faced with the incalculable. After suddenly losing his job, Henri inherits an adventure park from his brother – its peculiar employees and troubling financial problems included. The worst of the financial issues appear to originate from big loans taken from criminal quarters … and some dangerous men are very keen to get their money back.
But what Henri really can’t compute is love. In the adventure park, Henri crosses paths with Laura, an artist with a chequered past, and a joie de vivre and erratic lifestyle that bewilders him. As the criminals go to extreme lengths to collect their debts and as Henri’s relationship with Laura deepens, he finds himself faced with situations and emotions that simply cannot be pinned down on his spreadsheets…
Warmly funny, rich with quirky characters and absurd situations, The Rabbit Factor is a triumph of a dark thriller, its tension matched only by its ability to make us rejoice in the beauty and random nature of life.
How fabulous does that sound? did I mention that I cannot wait for September? But you want to know what the cover looks like don’t you? I don’t blame you, and trust me – this is absolutely perfect. I loved it the moment I saw it. Hope you do too.
Don’t you just love it? Honestly looking at it just makes me smile and I know it is going to look bostin’ on my Orenda shelf. Don’t forget, you don’t need to wait to order. You can do that right now from one of these lovely retailers, or jump on over to Berts Books and bag yourself a nice Orenda subscription box and you are guaranteed to get your paperback copy in November! Go get.
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. The recently published Palm Beach, Finland has been a massive critical success, with Marcel Berlins of The Times calling him ‘the funniest writer in Europe’, and making it one of his books of the year.