Mixing dark thriller with romance and comedy, Tuomainen's pacey tale centres on a rigidly ordered individual whose life is thrown into chaos when he inherits a theme park with criminal connections.
Shortlisted for the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Prize 2022
An insurance mathematician's carefully ordered life is turned on its head when he unexpectedly loses his job and inherits an adventure park ... with a whole host of problems. A quirky, tense and warmly funny thriller from award-winning Finnish author Antti Tuomainen.
What makes life perfect? Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen knows the answer because he calculates everything down to the very last decimal. And then, for the first time, Henri is faced with the incalculable.
After suddenly losing his job, Henri inherits an adventure park from his brother - its peculiar employees and troubling financial problems included. The worst of the financial issues appear to originate from big loans taken from criminal quarters ... and some dangerous men are very keen to get their money back.
But what Henri really can't compute is love. In the adventure park, Henri crosses paths with Laura, an artist with a chequered past, and a joie de vivre and erratic lifestyle that bewilders him. As the criminals go to extreme lengths to collect their debts and as Henri's relationship with Laura deepens, he finds himself faced with situations and emotions that simply cannot be pinned down on his spreadsheets...
Warmly funny, rich with quirky characters and absurd situations, The Rabbit Factor is a triumph of a dark thriller, its tension matched only by its ability to make us rejoice in the beauty and random nature of life.
Publisher: Orenda Books
Number of pages: 300
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'Readers might think they know what to expect from Nordic noir: a tortured detective, a bleak setting, a brutal crime that shakes a small community. Finnish crime novelist Tuomainen turns all of this on its head... The ear of a giant plastic rabbit becomes a key weapon. It only gets darker and funnier' - Guardian
'The funniest writer in Europe, and one of the very finest ... original and brilliant story-telling' - Helen FitzGerald
'Full of refreshing wit and wisdom... a treat' - Publishers Weekly
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