The Beaver Theory (The Rabbit Factor series #3) (Paperback)

The Beaver Theory (The Rabbit Factor series #3) By Antti Tuomainen, David Hackston (Translated by) Cover Image
By Antti Tuomainen, David Hackston (Translated by)
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This is book number 3 in the The Rabbit Factor series series.


Can everyone`s favourite insurance mathematician, Henri, combine the increasingly dangerous world of adventure parks with the unpredictability of blended-family life? He´ s about to find out in the final instalment of the hilarious, nail-biting Rabbit Factor Trilogy.

`A joyous, triumphant conclusion to Tuomainen`s trilogy … the comic thriller of the year´ Sunday Times THRILLER OF THE YEAR

`Quirky crime capers don´ t come more left field than the Rabbit trilogy … extremely funny, with a wicked line in social satire´ Daily Mail

`One of those rare writers who manages to deftly balance intrigue, noir and a deliciously ironic sense of humour´ Vaseem Khan


Henri Koskinen, intrepid insurance mathematician and adventure-park entrepreneur, firmly believes in the power of common sense and order. That is until he moves in with painter Laura Helanto and her daughter…

As Henri realises he has inadvertently become part of a group of local dads, a competing adventure park is seeking to expand their operations, not always sticking to the law in the process…

Is it possible to combine the increasingly dangerous world of the adventure-park business with the unpredictability of life in a blended family? At first glance, the two appear to have only one thing in common: neither deals particularly well with a mounting body count.

In order to solve this seemingly impossible conundrum, Henri is forced to step far beyond the mathematical precision of his comfort zone … and the stakes have never been higher…

Warmly funny, quirky, touching, and a nail-biting triumph of a thriller, The Beaver Theory is the final instalment in the award-winning Rabbit Factor Trilogy, as Henri encounters the biggest challenge of his career, with hair-raising results…

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Steve Carell

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Praise for the Rabbit Factor Trilogy:

`Finland`s greatest export´ M.J. Arlidge

`The funniest writer in Europe´ The Times

`Thrilling and warmly human. In these uncertain times, what better hero than an actuary?´ Chris Brookmyre

`Delightfully funny´ Guardian

`Unlike anything else out there´ The Times

`A thrilling and hilarious read´ Liz Nugent

`Charming, funny and clever, this is a novel to cheer up anyone who is finding life a little tough´ Literary Review

`A delight from start to finish´ Big Issue

`Original and brilliant story-telling´ Helen FitzGerald

`A coruscating comedy´ Sunday Times

`You don`t expect to laugh when you`re reading about terrible crimes, but that`s what you`ll do when you pick up one of Tuomainen`s decidedly quirky thrillers´ New York Times

`A refreshing change from the decidedly gloomier crime fiction for which Scandinavia is known´ Publishers Weekly

`Right up there with the best´ Times Literary Supplement

`A thriller with black comedy worth of Nabokov´ Telegraph

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. In 2013, the Finnish press crowned Tuomainen the ‘King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime-genre formula.

David Hackston is a British Translator of Finnish and Swedish literature and drama. Notable publications include The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, Maria Peura’s coming-of-age novel At the Edge of Light, Johanna Sinisalo’s eco-thriller Birdbrain, two crime novels by Matti Joensuu and Kati Hiekkapelto’s Anna Fekete series (which currently includes The Hummingbird, The Defenceless and The Exiled, all published by Orenda Books). He also translates Antti Tuomainen’s stories. In 2007 he was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Translation.

Praise For…

"The last book in a trilogy, The Beaver Theory is a fun and clever thriller in which a hero finds the right balance in all pursuits." — Foreword Reviews

"You should add The Beaver Theory to your list if you have an eye to the relationship between the mundane and the absurd. . . . Tuomainen’s heroes are idiotic and lovable. They are each a bundle of ridiculous views, sincerely held. Tuomainen’s doctrine appears to be that there will be redemption for those who are righteous and comfortable in their skin, as long as they have time for those around them. The result is fiction that is both very funny and extremely warming." —Cafe Thinking

"A fun mystery novel about the surprising dangers of the Finnish adventure park business." —Foreword Reviews on The Moose Paradox

"Full of refreshing wit and wisdom, this comic departure from the usual Scandi noir is a treat." — Publishers Weekly starred review of The Rabbit Factor

"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 on The Rabbit Factor

"The Beaver Theory is a Thriller Book of the Year at the Times."—The Times

"The third and final instalment in Tuomainen’s trilogy featuring literal-minded actuary Henri Koskinen and his weird amusement park brings the mini-saga to a conclusion and about time too! There is no doubt that Tuomainen is one of the funniest authors around, his humour matching and at times surpassing Carl Hiaasen in his entomological perspectives on the idiosyncrasies of human nature, and the series’ initial volume The Rabbit Factor was a huge success, full of belly laughs, endearing losers and almost winners, bizarre deaths and a memorable setting."—Financial Times

"It’s extremely funny, with a wicked line in social satire — if you are a member of a dads’ WhatsApp group, for example, you might find yourself wincing in painful recognition." —Daily Mail
Product Details
ISBN: 9781914585869
ISBN-10: 1914585860
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: November 26th, 2024
Pages: 300
Language: English
Series: The Rabbit Factor series