...brilliantly created unreal, exaggerated characters who nevertheless move us, satire that suddenly approaches the truth, and a storyline, often dark, that we know to be absurd, but which makes us want to read more. The Palm Beach of the title is the plan of a dodgy businessman to create a huge leisure park with the hottest beach in Finland, to compete with St Tropez. Another strand has a woman finding a dead man in the house she has just inherited. An undercover detective is sent to inquire, pretending to be a maths teacher. Tuomainen is the funniest writer in Europe.