The Healer

The Healer by Antti Tuomainen

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One man’s search for his missing wife in a dystopian futuristic Helsinki that is struggling with ruthless climate change

It’s two days before Christmas and Helsinki is battling a ruthless climate catastrophe: subway tunnels are flooded; abandoned vehicles are left burning in the streets; the authorities have issued warnings about malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola, and the plague. People are fleeing to the far north of Finland and Norway where conditions are still tolerable. Social order is crumbling and private security firms have undermined the police force. Tapani Lehtinen, a struggling poet, is among the few still able and willing to live in the city.

When Tapani’s beloved wife, Johanna, a newspaper journalist, 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 politically motivated serial killer known as “The Healer.” Desperate 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…

The Healer is set in desperate times, forcing Tapani to take desperate measures in order to find his true love. Written in an engrossingly dense but minimal language, The Healer is a story of survival, loyalty, and determination. Even when the world is coming to an end, love and hope endure.

Review

“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

“Thrillingly atmospheric.”

— Liz Jensen

“Breathtakingly tense, with the taste of blood on every page. It is impossible to stop reading until you reach the end…”

Turun Sanomat (Finland)

“Tuomainen truly succeeds in conveying the glistening streets and the neon-lit, rain-saturated, decaying urban environment.”

Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

“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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Antti Tuomainen ( Antti Tuomainen , born 1971) is a Finnish writer and journalist. Born in 1971 in Helsinki, Finland, where he lives to this day with his wife. Prior to his literary debut in 2007, he worked as a copywriter. In 2007 he released the novel "Tappaja, toivoakseni", which was warmly received by critics. Two years later, the novel "Veljeni vartija" (in the English version - "My Brother`s Keeper") came out. In 2010, the third novel of the writer, "Parantaja" (in the English version - "The Healer", in the Russian version - "The Healer"), appeared. In 2011, The Healer was awarded the Clue Award for Best Finnish Crime Novel. "The prose of Antti Tuomainen is magnificent, but the genre of apocalyptic noir invented by the author gives a special sound, amazing energy to his work" (Greenews)...

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Antti Tuomainen ( Antti Tuomainen , born 1971) is a Finnish writer and journalist. Born in 1971 in Helsinki, Finland, where he lives to this day with his wife. Prior to his literary debut in 2007, he worked as a copywriter. In 2007 he released the novel "Tappaja, toivoakseni", which was warmly received by critics. Two years later, the novel "Veljeni vartija" (in the English version - "My Brother`s Keeper") came out. In 2010, the third novel of the writer, "Parantaja" (in the English version - "The Healer", in the Russian version - "The Healer"), appeared. In 2011, The Healer was awarded the Clue Award for Best Finnish Crime Novel. "The prose of Antti Tuomainen is magnificent, but the genre of apocalyptic noir invented by the author gives a special sound, amazing energy to his work" (Greenews)