The Healer: A Novel

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Macmillan, May 14, 2013 - Fiction - 211 pages
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One manís search for his missing wife in a dystopian futuristic Helsinki that is struggling with ruthless climate change

Itís two days before Christmas and Helsinki is battling a ruthless climate catastrophe: subway tunnels are flooded; abandoned vehicles are left burning in the streets; the authorities have issued warnings about malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola, and the plague. People are fleeing to the far north of Finland and Norway where conditions are still tolerable. Social order is crumbling and private security firms have undermined the police force. Tapani Lehtinen, a struggling poet, is among the few still able and willing to live in the city.

When Tapaniís beloved wife, Johanna, a newspaper journalist, goes missing, he embarks on a frantic hunt for her. Johannaís disappearance seems to be connected to a story she was researching about a politically motivated serial killer known as ďThe Healer.Ē Desperate to find Johanna, Tapaniís search leads him to uncover secrets from her past. Secrets that connect her to the very murders she was investigating...

The Healer is set in desperate times, forcing Tapani to take desperate measures in order to find his true love. Written in an engrossingly dense but minimal language, The Healer is a story of survival, loyalty, and determination. Even when the world is coming to an end, love and hope endure.


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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

That this won the best Finnish crime novel in 2011 must reflect a pretty sad state of affairs in Finland as respects the quality (or lack thereof) of what people have to read there. The writing was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ellen Keim - Goodreads

I liked this book a lot, but only gave it three stars because of the ending. I just didn't get it. Maybe someone else can enlighten me? The picture the author draws of life after climate change has ... Read full review

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Antti Tuomainen (b. 1971) was an award-winning copywriter in the advertising industry before he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. The critically acclaimed Veljeni vartija ( My Brother's Keeper ) was published two years later. In 2011 Tuomainen's third novel, Parantaja ( The Healer ), was awarded the Clue Award for Best Finnish Crime Novel 2011 and is being translated into twenty-three languages. He lives in Helsinki, Finland.†

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