A man with dark thoughts on his mind is racing along the remote snowy roads of Hurmevaara in Finland, when there is flash in the sky and something crashes into the car. That something turns about to be a highly valuable meteorite. With euro signs lighting up the eyes of the locals, the unexpected treasure is temporarily placed in a neighbourhood museum, under the watchful eye of a priest named Joel. But Joel has a lot more on his mind than simply protecting the riches that have apparently rained down from heaven. His wife has just revealed that she is pregnant. Unfortunately Joel has strong reason to think the baby isn't his. As Joel tries to fend off repeated and bungled attempts to steal the meteorite, he must also come to terms with his own situation, and discover who the father of the baby really is. Transporting the reader to the culture, landscape and mores of northern Finland, Little Siberia is both a crime novel and a hilarious, blacker-than-black comedy about faith and disbelief, love and death, and what to do when bolts from the blue—both literal and figurative—turn your life upside down.
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About the Author
Antti Tuomainen is the author of Palm Beach, Finland; The Man Who Died; The Healer, and The Mine. The Healer was awarded the Clue Award for Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011 and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award. The Man Who Died was shortlisted for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards. David Hackston is a translator of Finnish and Swedish literature. Notable publications include The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, Johanna Sinisalo's Birdbrain and two novels by Matti Joensuu. In 2007 he was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Translation.