The Mine was published by Orenda on 10th October 2016 and is available to buy here
In the dead of winter, investigative reporter Janne Vuori sets out to uncover the truth about a mining company, whose illegal activities have created an environmental disaster in a small town in Northern Finland. When the company’s executives begin to die in a string of mysterious accidents, and Janne’s personal life starts to unravel, past meets present in a catastrophic series of events that could cost him his life. A traumatic story of family, a study in corruption, and a shocking reminder that secrets from the past can return to haunt us, with deadly results.
I’m always interested in noir delights from around the world. The Mine by Finnish writer Antti Tuomainen is another new release from the bright Orenda publishing house.
The story itself is easy to lose yourself in. We follow young-ish investigative journalist, Janne, as he is hot on the trail of a big story. He is given an anonymous tip about a mining company, that is not what it appears. Corruption, death and widescale ecological disaster surround this company. Janne is soon immersed in this story, much to the detriment of his little family unit. Janne is married to Paulinne, a woman who he seems to have very little in common with and they have a young child together. Added to this, Janne’s long lost father makes a reappearance in his life. Emil is a man of mystery. We slowly discover some of his secrets. The most important one is that Emil is a killer.
The Mine is certainly worth exploring; for its Finnish edge and its ecological conspiracy theme. I was rather fascinated by the glimpses into the Finn culture and the bleak winter weather. Janne and his dogged determination was a definite winner. I was also entranced by the various relationship dynamics, in particular Janne and his father Emil.
Intelligent, gripping and full of a cold noirish wintery landscape! Personally I would have preferred the novel to focus more on the intriguing father/son dynamics, than corruption associated with big business. Worth a read, especially for the insight into Finland and tangled human relationships.
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