It’s not often I stay up anymore to finish a book. But this one I just had to get to the end.
“The Man Who Died” by Antti Tuomainen.
It’s a funny mystery about a mushroom entrepreneur who finds out that he’s being slowly poisoned. Obviously, that is rather disturbing. And since the doctor can’t tell how long time he has left, he sets about to find out who is doing it. And from there he gets on a journey which has totally unexpected twists and bizarre situations, deadpanned descriptions.
The start is a bit low key, a visit to a doctor for stomach pain only to find out you’re being slowly poisoned to death, and that there’s no cure and oh by the way, you may have another week maybe a month to live. That could be shocking to anybody. Jaakko who founded the mushroom firm sets out to find out who is doing this to him and why. He makes lists, gets involved with a new competitor and old customers. People who work for him may be jumping like rats leaving the sinking ship, or not. Not easy thing to deal with keeping the company afloat, figuring out what to do about an upstart competitor ready to steal your business, all the while knowing you’re soon going to give up the ghost. The book is funny, a good mystery, and I didn’t figure out who did it. Liked it a lot.