The Mine

The Mine

Book - 2016
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In the dead of winter, investigative reporter Janne Vuori sets out to uncover the truth about a mining company, whose illegal activities have created an environmental disaster in a small town in Northern Finland. When the companys executives begin to die in a string of mysterious accidents, and Jannes personal life starts to unravel, past meets present in a catastrophic series of events that could cost him his life. A traumatic story of family, a study in corruption, and a shocking reminder that secrets from the past can return to haunt us, with deadly results.
Publisher: London : Orenda Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781910633533 (pbk.)
1910633534 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: FIC TUOMAINEN
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Hackston, David - Translator


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Nov 07, 2017

I liked this book. Completely far-fetched and unbelievable, but despite this, I really liked it. Helsinki environmental reporter, Janne Vuori​, a man-child with abandonment issues (his father left the family when he was a toddler in order to further his career) has trouble on the home front - follows in his father's footsteps and puts career before family with predictable, though realistic results. Vuori​ takes off to northern Finland to investigate a tip on a mining company that is fouling the water system and taking huge government payouts on top of it all. Finland is SO cold and dark shadows, late-night beatings and self-destructive tendencies are everywhere, and we cringe when this very human protagonist makes simple mistakes with devastating consequences. A parallel story is that of an aged assassin returning to Helsinki for a few final jobs before 'retirement,' - and despite the descriptions of his assignments and the relative unreality of the subject matter, I ended up liking the guy. Since he's tied into the story of the corrupt mining company, we realize the two stories must converge somewhere (will the reporter get iced?), and when they do, as unbelievable as it is, it's still a pretty good story. If you're a Google Earth Nerd, the story is easy to follow; streets and districts are well described and I got to know a few Helsinki districts pretty well.


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