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Scandi-noir that is engaging and interesting

The Mine -  David Hackston (Translator), Antti Tuomainen

A Finnish thriller, this deals with an investigative journalist looking into a mine in the North of Finland and its environmental impact. His marriage is crumbling and his father enters his life after an absence of thirty years. This is a story of characters and their relationships rather than hard-boiled detective work and it works well. There's a fair amount of description and the author falls into the frequent trap of mystery writers, telling the reader about every street and district in Helsinki which is meaningless to anybody outside Finland (American authors do the same!). The book is engaging and well worth a read, only bleak regarding the weather and the cold. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.