Crime Scene - - POST MORTEM - BY ANTTI TUO­MAINEN By Sam As hurst

ow far would you go to keep your se­crets buried? How deep do you have to bury the past to stop it claw­ing its way into the present?

On the sur­face, Antti Tuo­mainen’s tit­u­lar mine is a lit­eral one. It’s the cen­tre of a plot which sees Helsinki Daily in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Janne Vuori re­ceiv­ing an anony­mous tip about some il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity oc­cur­ring at a nickel mine in north­ern Fin­land. But The Mine re­quires you to dig deeper. In­deed, as Vuori sifts for in­for­ma­tion, and starts to find him­self buried un­der the weight of rev­e­la­tion, he dis­cov­ers that the case has a per­sonal el­e­ment — one which makes the in­ves­ti­ga­tion very much his own. Or, to him, “mine”.

Of course, the book’s ti­tle has a third mean­ing — let’s just say you wouldn’t want to step on one. And, as Vuori gets closer to the truth, the more Tuo­mainen steps up the stakes, mak­ing this an in­creas­ingly tense and po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive read.

Tuo­mainen’s fifth novel might feel fairly tra­di­tional dur­ing its first few chap­ters but as the shift­ing per­spec­tives start to merge and dif­fer­ent me­dia are in­tro­duced, the reader also be­comes an in­ves­ti­ga­tor, watch­ing con­nec­tions spread. This is a smart, beau­ti­fully trans­lated novel that you should make your own.

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