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The Moose Paradox by Antti Tuomainen, David Hackston (Translator)

Many thanks to @antti_tuomainen @OrendaBooks & @annecater for my stop on the tour.

Henri Koskinen has revived the YouMeFun adventure park in continuation to book 1 "The Rabbit Factor", and its base is now strong. That’s not to say that cash isn’t tight, though. Henri's staff often gets frustrated with his spreadsheets and meticulous budgetary control, which enables him to account for every expenditure cent. The park has higher ambitions than him, but Henri needs to boost the cash flow to achieve them.

The Moose Chute has luckily been identified by Henri as the acquisition that will ensure the park's short-term future. He has done all the calculations and created all the spreadsheets as an actuary, and they all show the same outcome: more footfall and resulting income. He firmly believes that the new ride will give the park a competitive edge.

Thanks to his late brother Juhani's watertight exclusive contract with the Moose Chute supplier, Henri is excited about meeting Toy of Finland Ltd. Unfortunately, the meeting didn't go as planned. The sale of the company has led to three new owners who are now causing issues. Instead of providing the Moose Chute, they are forcing him to buy the overpriced and terrible Crocodile Canyon. There's an implied sense of violence when someone delivers financial threats.

Through Henri's perspective, with his distorted viewpoint, the plot once again reveals itself.

Overall, it was a good book with excellent characters and an interesting plot. You must have read "The Rabbit Factor" before starting this one, which I highly suggest.


About the Author

Finnish Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. In 2011, Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for Best Finnish Crime Novel and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award.

With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime-genre formula, and his poignant, dark and hilarious The Man Who Died became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards.

Palm Beach Finland (2018) was an immense success, with The Times calling Tuomainen ‘the funniest writer in Europe’, and Little Siberia (2019) was shortlisted for the Capital Crime/Amazon Publishing Readers Awards, the Last Laugh Award and the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger, and won the Petrona Award.

The Rabbit Factor, the prequel to The Moose Paradox, will soon be a major motion picture starring Steve Carell.

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