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Antti Tuomainen

  • Publication date: June 2013
  • Publisher: Like Kustannus
  • Country: FI
  • 299 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Noir


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Finland
  • Themes: FAMILY, Family secrets, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth


Aleksi Kivi was 13 years old when his mother vanished. Now, twenty years on, he’s still haunted by her murder, and he's convinced that the millionaire owner of the company his mother worked for is responsible for that death...


Shortlisted for the 2016 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.

Judges comments:
"Tuomainen's powerful and involving literary crime novel has a mesmerising central concept: thirty-year-old Aleksi is sure he knows who was behind his mother's disappearance two decades ago, but can he prove it? And to what extent does his quest for justice mask an increasingly unhealthy obsession with the past? Rarely has atmosphere in a Nordic Noir novel been conjured so evocatively."


Aleksi lost his mother on a rainy October day when he was thirteen years old. Twenty years later, he is certain that he knows who's responsible. Everything points to millionaire Henrik Saarinen. The police don't agree. Aleksi has only one option: to get close to Henrik Saarinen and find out the truth about his mother's fate on his own. But as Aleksi soon discovers, delving into Saarinen and his beautiful daughter’s family secrets is a confusing and dangerous enterprise.

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  • Author’s biography

    Antti Tuomainen (born 1971) is a Finnish writer. He was an award-winning copywriter when 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 of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award. Two years later in 2013, Tuomainen was crowned “The king of Helsinki Noir” when SYNKKÄ NIIN KUIN SYDÄMENI (Dark as my Heart) was published. His novel THE MAN WHO DIED (2016) has been optioned for film by Luminoir/FIN.