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  • Published: 7 February 2013
  • ISBN: 9781446485088
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

The Healer




In this chilling dystopian detective story, a man searches for his missing wife in a Helsinki devastated by ruthless climate change, and finds himself on the trail of a serial killer

It's two days before Christmas and Helsinki is battling ruthless climate catastrophe: subway tunnels are flooded; the streets are full of abandoned vehicles; the social order is crumbling and private security firms have undermined the police force. Tapani Lehtinen, a struggling poet, is among the few still willing to live in the city.

When Tapani's journalist wife Johanna goes missing, he embarks on a frantic hunt for her. Johanna's disappearance seems to be connected to a story she was researching about a serial killer known as 'The Healer'. Determined to find Johanna, Tapani's search leads him to uncover secrets from her past: secrets that connect her to the very murders she was investigating...

  • Published: 7 February 2013
  • ISBN: 9781446485088
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the author

Antti Tuomainen

Antti Tuomainen was born in Finland in 1971 and lives in Helsinki. His novel The Healer was awarded the Clue Award for Best Finnish Crime Novel. Bestselling author Sofi Oksanen has said of Tuomainen’s work: ‘The ability to use all the tricks of crime fiction and all the tools of poetry makes Tuomainen's work unique.'

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Praise for The Healer

Tersely written, full of twists and sudden violence, this is nothing less than the birth of a new genre: dystopian detection

Sunday Telegraph

Thrillingly atmospheric

Liz Jensen

This chilling novel compels…clever, atmospheric and wonderfully imaginative

Sunday Mirror

Tuomainen's book is set in the near future, but nothing here is less than frighteningly plausible...a compelling crime story

Barry Forshaw, Independent

I implore you to read one more Scandinavian thriller. Antti Tuomainen's The Healer is a mix between Stieg Larsson and an introduction to Cormac McCarthy's The Road

Patrick Neale, Booksellers' Choice

The murders and their culprit take a backseat in this fraught thriller as Tuomainen conjures up in spare, softly poetic prose the collapse of social order and human decency in the face of environmental havoc

Metro

The ability to use all the tricks of crime fiction and all the tools of poetry makes Tuomainen's work unique, and that combination makes the reader fall in love with his style. You cannot but value things around you more after reading The Healer

Sofi Oksanen, author of Purge

Tuomainen's sparse and precise style and rapid dialogue place him in the best noir tradition. The intensity of both the plot and narration enhances the harsh realism of his language

The Clue Award for 'Best Finnish Crime Novel 2011'

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