Karo Hämäläinen’s The Buyout (Erottaja) is “A Bonfire of the Vanities for the new millennium, flavored with a… thriller plot”

Author Karo Hämäläinen’s latest novel The Buyout (Erottaja) is a timely book set during the financial crisis of 2008. The novel created a lot of interest among international publishers in the Göteborg Book Fair last week, and it has received fantastic reviews in Finland. Critics have compared The Buyout to Tom Wolfe’s 1987 novel The Bonfire of the Vanities. Hämäläinen himself describes the book as a financial thriller where “the things the characters do and the suspense are fundamentally motivated by the investment world”.

Published in mid-August, The Buyout (Erottaja) immediately hit the Finnish bestseller lists, and is currently in top ten on both Finland’s official bestseller list and the bestseller list of Finland’s most esteemed bookstore, the Academic Bookstore.

“The Buyout could be considered one of the landmarks of the continuing economic crisis.” – Matti Posio, Aamulehti (Finland’s second largest daily newspaper)“

“The atmosphere is like on the savannah, where scavengers lie in wait for their prey and each other (…)” – Juhana Rossi, Helsingin Sanomat (Finland’s largest daily newspaper)

The managing editor of Arvopaperi, author Karo Hämäläinen, has written a book that verges on patricide.” – Henrik Muukkonen, Talouselämä (Finland’s leading business weekly)


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About author

Karo Hämäläinen

Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.


2015, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


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2013, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

Cruel is the Night

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2012, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

The Bailout

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The Buyout

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