FICTION

CRIME & SUSPENSE

TERAPIASSA
WSOY, March 2021, 471 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English sample & synopsis

Follow the Butterfly

by Martta Kaukonen

A sensational debut!

  • An addictive psychological thriller in the spirit of Gillian Flynn!

Ida, 20, a serial killer who was abducted as a child, starts therapy with celebrity therapist Clarissa. Only one of them knows that they share a mutual secret from the past. Will the other one realize it before she gets murdered?

Clarissa is a middle-aged psychotherapist, the best in her field. She is familiar to everyone from her TV appearances and from glossy magazines. For her, every patient is a princess. And someone only she can save. Or can she? Clarissa already has one suicide to answer for; a teenage boy’s death never seizes to haunt her.

When Ida becomes Clarissa’s patient, a cat-and-mouse game begins in which rules are followed by no one. The kind of game that never ends well.

PRAISE:

“Martta Kaukonen has already been named as Finland´s own Gillian Flynn and undeniably there’s a truth behind the statement. This hooking thriller spins you masterfully! Follow the Butterfly is a dizzening work! While reading one presumes that everything is as presented in the beginning of the book, only to realize, on the final page, that nothing was as the reader imagined! The most baffling bit is that in her debut Martta Kaukonen succeeds in spinning a most intricate plot from one surprise to another, and on to the next one, yet keeping the story logical and credible.” -Kirsi’s Book Club

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RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)

CROATIA: Znanje
CZECH REPUBLIC: Kniha Zlin/Albatros
ESTONIA: Hea Lugu
GERMANY: Heyne (2-book deal)
GREECE: Psichogios (2-book deal)
HUNGARY: Partvonal (2-book-deal)
LATVIA: Jumava
LITHUANIA: Obuolys
POLAND: Czarna Owca (2-book deal)
UNITED KINGDOM: Pushkin Press (2-book deal)

 

LYIJYVALKOINEN
Otava, February 2020, 488 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English sample & synopsis
German sample translation

Lead White

by Jyrki Erra

How many lives does a painting worth millions require before it reveals its secrets?

  • Winner of Best Crime Fiction Novel 2020
  • We recommend this novel to the fans of Dan Brown, John Le Carré and Umberto Eco

 Axel Wallas is a Finnish painter and Caravaggio expert, who is asked by a professor of art history to advise on a painting that may be a masterpiece of Caravaggio himself. Axel is unable to give a definite answer on the painting’s authenticity.

The next morning the professor is found murdered and the painting is gone. Axel embarks on a journey where nothing is what it seems. Unexpectedly, Axel’s wife has also failed to return from her work trip in Rome and has left no clue as to where she is. Are the cases related? Axel travels to Italy in search of his spouse, but finds himself in the middle of a devastating power struggle. Will the trails lead to the real painting and to the revealing of the Caravaggio mystery?

PRAISE:

“Erra masters magnificently the literary chiaroscuro, the contrast between light and shadow. The expertise on art history in Lead White convinces the reader. After reading the book, even the casual museum visitor will start looking not only at the pictorial motif but also at the harmony of different colour layers with keener eyes. Like in his earlier books, the depiction of the surroundings is splendid. The alleys, museums, and palaces are painted with considered strokes.” –Mika Rissanen, Kouvolan Sanomat Newspaper

“This art detective thriller that is constructed around the masterpiece by Michelangelo Caravaggio moves fluidly forward like an Italian little criminal on his scooter. The twists and turns are swift and the plot as intricate as the Sicilian courtly etiquette; yet the tranquil pace of the narration allows the reader to stay on board. –Ali Heikkilä, KMV Magazine

“Jyrki Erra’s third thriller strengthens his position as a noteworthy suspense novelist. Erra has made diligent background work which brings a sense of fullness and care. The book is also in a way down to earth throughout which is not that usual in the modern suspense genre. Lead White is not for the reader who looks for speed, sex and danger. The latter it is brimming with but the upmost impression is a sense of offering something refined, a desire to pass on something else to the reader than mere smooth entertainment.” – Pertti Avola, Helsingin Sanomat Newspaper

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RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

 

KONTTI
Otava, May 2021, 360 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English sample & synopsis

Cargo

by A.M. Ollikainen

The first book in a new fast-paced and addictive Nordic Noir series. A.M. Ollikainen is Finland’s Lars Kepler!

  • A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for the husband-and-wife author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen.
  • Cargo is the writers’ first novel together and the Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition
  • Rights sold in 14 languages!

A cargo container is found, washed up on the shore in Helsinki with a dead body inside.The property where the container is discovered, belongs to one of the most notorious businessmen in Finland. As Police Commissioner Paula Pihlaja begins to investigate the case, traces lead back to the businessman’s family, revealing decades of suspicious business ventures in Africa.

Meanwhile, Paula’s own personal life is shaken by old memories that are now surfacing following recent events.When she was younger, she had to give her baby up for adoption. The boy, her son, is now in his twenties and facing a murder charge. Not only is Paula tormented by her own guilt about the adoption, she is also worried about what will become of her son.

PRAISE:

“Finland is the new Mecca of crime fiction. You need proof? Just read the first novel by A.M. Ollikainen. I couldn’t imagine a better start for a series. CARGO is outstanding.”– Marco Schneiders, Publishing Director, Bastei Lübbe

“The most positive thing in CARGO is that the purely literal skills are firmly mastered. The mystery is well crafted, the reader is bluffed, and the surprises in the end are rewarding.” – Suvi Ahola, Helsingin Sanomat Newspaper

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RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Host (2-book-deal)
DENMARK: Svane & Bilgrav (2-book deal)
ESTONIA: Varrak (2-book-deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe (2-book-deal)
HUNGARY: Animus (2-book deal)
LATVIA: Zvaigzne (2-book–deal)
LITHUANIA: Baltos Lanko (5-book-deal)
NETHERLANDS: HarperCollins Holland (2-book-deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug (2-book-deal)
POLAND: Czarna Owca (2-book-deal)
RUSSIA: Gorodets (2-book deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta (2-book-deal)
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken (2-book deal)
TURKEY: April (2-book-deal)

 

KIIKKU
Otava, Fall 2022, 360 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
Synopsis, Finnish ms available in January 2022

Swing

by A.M. Ollikainen

The second book in a new fast-paced and addictive Nordic Noir series. A.M. Ollikainen is Finland’s Lars Kepler!

  • A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for the husband-and-wife author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen.
  • Cargo is the writers’ first novel together and the Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition
  • Rights sold in 14 languages!

A famous mountain climber is found hanging above a seesaw in a playground. The other end of the seesaw bears a sandbag that has spilled its contents.

Paula Pihlaja barely has time to start the investigation when another body turns up – at another playground, hanging above a seesaw in the same way. 

A serial killer is on the loose, but the victims seem to have nothing in common. In the first novel of the series, Paula develops strange symptoms. In this second instalment of the series, Paula is forced to hide her escalating symptoms from her colleagues, trying to avoid police fitness tests. At the same time, she continues investigating the life of her son, whom she gave up for adoption when he was a baby, in order to understand why he ended up a criminal, and eventually in prison for manslaughter. The drama intensifies when Paula finally shares her secret with her son about the slowly advancing ALS.

 

 

 

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RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Host (2-book-deal)
DENMARK: Svane & Bilgrav (2-book deal)
ESTONIA: Varrak (2-book-deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe (2-book-deal)
HUNGARY: Animus (2-book deal)
LATVIA: Zvaigzne (2-book–deal)
LITHUANIA: Baltos Lanko (5-book-deal)
NETHERLANDS: HarperCollins Holland (2-book-deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug (2-book-deal)
POLAND: Czarna Owca (2-book-deal)
RUSSIA: Gorodets (2-book deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta (2-book-deal)
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken (2-book deal)
TURKEY: April (2-book-deal)

 

KUN JÄLJET KATOAVAT
Otava, June 2021, 400 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English sample and synopsis, media portfolio

 

Still Waters Run Deep

by Elina Backman

Is evil lurking beneath the calm waters? Still Waters Run Deep is an awaited sequel to the bestselling All the King’s Men!

  • International TV series in development!

Three young men are making a documentary film about a mystical hermit, living in the Isle of Sheep in Helsinki. First one of them disappears, then another one. When one of them is found dead in the nearby nature reserve, the police becomes involved.

Saana Havas, recovering from burnout, hears that her colleague’s younger brother has gone missing and decides to set up a true crime podcast to help with the search. Meanwhile, police commissioner Jan Leino and his team are investigating the disappearance and possible murder of the documentary makers.

When young men disappear and die, it’s often regarded just an accident. But could it be that someone is actually hunting for them?

 PRAISE:

We are beyond happy that we will be publishing STILL WATERS RUN DEEP. We liked the second book of Elina Backman even more than the first one (and we are in love with the first one as well!). Events are unfolded richly and dynamically. The book pays a lot of attention to the human side: old acquaintances are revealed more fully, the reader receives an opportunity to look into the inner world of the characters.

She writes not only about the case, but about the people who are involved.

Moreover, in this book the location plays an important role. This is an amazing place – the island of Lammassaari, a corner of wild nature in the middle of Helsinki. There is an atmosphere of paganism, and nature is also the character of this book!

Backman’s books are cozy, “human” detectives. Many of the characters are simple people with understandable problems – and it is wonderful!
-Sofia Shramko, Rights Manager, Mann Ivanov Ferber, Russia

 

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RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Varrak (2-book deal)
GERMANY: Piper Verlag (2-book deal)
HUNGARY: Maxim (2-book-deal)
NETHERLANDS: De Bezige Bij/Cargo (2-book deal)
NORWAY: Cappelen Damm (2-book-deal)
POLAND: Czarna Owca (2-book-deal)
RUSSIA: Mann Ivanov Ferber (2-book-deal)
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken (2-book-deal)

FILM & TV RIGHTS: Aurora Studios

KUN KUNINGAS KUOLEE

Otava, May 2020, 495 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample, synopsis, media portfolio

All the King’s Men

(a.k.a. When The King Dies)

by Elina Backman

Beginning of a new detective series  already an international hit! Cosy Crime as its best.

  • Rights sold to 15 countries and counting.
  • Immediate bestseller in Finland! Amazing reviews! 
  • International TV series in development!
  • Winner of the Storytel Audio book Award 2020 for the Best Crime Novel
  • Winner of Elisa Kirja book Award, Best Newcomer 2020.

Saana has been fired from her job as a click-bait journalist, so she decides to spend a summer with her aunt in a small-town Hartola. It sounds like a perfect opportunity to take it easy and recover. But when Saana begins to dig into a case of a teenage girl who died 30 years earlier, the peace of the small town is shaken.

Meanwhile in Helsinki a fire-marked body is be found at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, and crime investigator Jan Leino and his team have a new case in their hands. However, the investigation isn’t going anywhere, and Jan fears that the murder at King’s Gate a is just the beginning…

Saana and Jan continue working on their own cases until their paths cross – for more than one reason.

 PRAISE:

“A Star is Born.” – Iltalehti, Finland

“Backman keeps the multiple storylines effortlessly together and builds an entertaining summery detective story. – –All The King’s Men (A.K.A ‘When the King Dies’) is the beginning of a new series, and it is a flowy, exciting and skillfully written novel that leaves you wanting for more.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

 

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ALBANIA: Dritan
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
ESTONIA: Varrak (2-book deal)
GERMANY: Piper Verlag (2-book deal)
HUNGARY: Maxim (2-book deal)
ITALY: Newton Compton
LITHUANIA: BALTO
NETHERLANDS: De Bezige Bij/Cargo (2-book deal)
NORWAY: Cappelen Damm (2-book-deal)
POLAND: Czarna Owca
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
RUSSIA: Mann, Ivanov, Ferber (2-book-deal)
SLOVAKIA: Arkus
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken (2-book-deal)

FILM & TV RIGHTS: Aurora Studios

KAUNA

Tammi, September 2021, 431 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English manuscript in October 2021, Finnish edition in August 2021

Bad Blood

by Max Seeck

New York Times Bestselling Author

Jessica Niemi #3

  • A sequel to The Ice Coven and The Witch Hunter – a New York Times Bestseller

A prominent business executive Eliel Rosenström is found brutally murdered in his home in Helsinki. The company he led has just announced drastic cutbacks and Rosenström gained hundreds of enemies and death threats in the process.

But the murder motive becomes less clear, when the police finds out that the murderer had other targets as well. The only clue the police has is a photo of Rosenström with three other men, whose faces are all scratched off. Who are the faceless men, and why can’t the police identify them? Are they other victims? Or something more sinister?

While Jessica Niemi suffers from a mental breakdown after her encounter with the witch coven, Jusuf gets a chance to lead the investigations and prove his skills as a police officer, while helping Jessica battle her demons that seem to come closer and closer…

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Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

DENMARK: Gutkind (Books 3&4)
ESTONIA: Pegasus
GERMANY: Bastei Lubbe
NORWAY: Aschehoug
UNITED KINGDOM: Welbeck Publishing UK (Books 3&4)
UNITED STATES: Berkley/Penguin Random House (Books 3&4)
WORLD ARABIC: Arab Scientific Publishing

 

PAHAN VERKKO
Tammi, September 2020, 395 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English edition

The Ice Coven

(a.k.a. Evil’s Net)

by Max Seeck

New York Times Bestselling Author

Jessica Niemi #2

Detective Jessica Niemi has to follow clues hidden on Instagram to save the life of a missing blogger. But is it already too late? Chilling Nordic Noir with hooks and twists that won’t let you put the book down!

  • A standalone sequel to New York Times Bestseller, The Witch Hunter – rights sold to 40 countries and Hollywood

Detective Jessica Niemi and her team have a new mystery on the table: a young woman’s corpse has been found on an icy beach, and two famous Instagram influencers have gone missing at the same time. One of the missing bloggers is a manga artist, and the dead woman found on the beach is dressed in a manga outfit – the two cases seem to be strangely connected.

While following the clues that are hidden deeply in Instagram Jessica struggles to keep her head clear. She keeps having repeating nightmares about her mother. And she has a feeling that something really awful is approaching her from the darkness…

PRAISE:

“I was convinced that Max did not just want to tell a dramatic story. I was certain that he had a vision. A vision to add something extraordinary to the world of thrillers and crime fiction, something that I have not seen in a suspense novel for many, many years. Bastei Lübbe is proud and honored to share Max‘ vision as his German publisher.” – Marco Schneiders, Publishing Director, Bastei Lübbe AG, Germany

“A Helsinki detective fights personal demons as she attempts to crack a string of murders…/ A disturbing mystery whose complex heroine’s internal struggles only enhance the storyline.  – Kirkus Review 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza (2-book deal)
ARABIC: Arab Scientific Publishers (World Arabic, 2-book deal)
BELGIUM: A.W. Bruna (2-book deal)
BULGARIA: EMAS (2-book deal)
CANADA: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book deal)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada (2-book deal)
DENMARK: Gutkind (2-book-deal)
ESTONIA: Pegasus (3-book deal)
FRANCE: Michel Lafon (2-book deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe (2-book deal)
GREECE: Livani (2-book deal)
HUNGARY: Animus (2-book deal)
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji (2-book deal)
MACEDONIA: Matica (2-book deal)
NETHERLANDS: A.W. Bruna (2-book deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug (2-book deal)
POLAND: Sonia Draga (2-book deal)
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora (2-book deal)
ROMANIA: Litera (2-book deal)
SERBIA: Vulkan (2-book deal)
SLOVAKIA: Motyl (2-book-deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta (2-book deal)
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
UNITED KINGDOM: Welbeck Publishing UK (2-book deal)
UNITED STATES: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book deal)

USKOLLINEN LUKIJA

Tammi, 2019, 395 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English edition

The Witch Hunter

(a.k.a. Faithful Reader)

by Max Seeck

New York Times Bestselling Author

Jessica Niemi #1

A book-inspired serial killer is on the loose. Jessica Niemi – a detective with a mysterious past – steps up. A chase for the faithful reader has begun.

  • A New York Times Bestseller!
  • International sensation! Sold to 40 countries and Hollywood!

Detective Jessica Niemi is called to investigate an unordinary murder case. The wife of a famous writer, Roger Koponen, seems to have been killed in a bizarre ritual. As more ritual murders occur, it becomes obvious that Jessica is after a serial killer. But the murders are not random – they follow a pattern taken from Roger’s bestselling trilogy. Has a fan gone mad, or is this case more personal?

 

 PRAISE:

“One twist follows another, baffling the police and readers alike. Seeck imbues this riveting procedural with a deliciously creepy undertone. Readers will be excited to see what Seeck does next.”–Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

“The Witch Hunter, translated with icy precision by Kristian London, is written in short, sharp, present tense chapters, a technique which adds to its relentless tension. Flashbacks to earlier episodes in Jessica’s life suggest that the strangeness currently unfolding is tied to her personal history. Discovering the how and why of it brings a resolution as bleak as anything Poe might have conjured.”–Wall Street Journal

“The Witch Hunter, Finnish novelist Max Seeck’s pulse-quickening English-language debut, is a genre twofer: it gives crime-novel enthusiasts a satisfying puzzle to logic out, and it offers fans of supernatural tales a look at the world of, as one character puts it, ‘amulets, rabbit feet, you name it… a police procedural with paranormal activity at its black heart.” –Shelf Awareness

”What a creepy and well-written thriller! Max Seeck definitely knows how to create tension. I couldn‘t help but rushing through the pages once I started reading this amazing novel – with a very fascinating detective Jessica Niemi and her team. And I loved the setting: Finland in wintertime! It backs up the scary atmosphere in a perfect way. Let’s say it in short: THE FAITHFUL READER is a stirring read!” – Claudia Müller, Editorial Director Fiction, Bastei Lübbe, Germany

“When I was reading THE WITCH HUNTER (a.k.a. Faithful Reader), I was thoroughly transported by the ice-cold Scandinavian setting and all the incredibly creepy twists and turns.  Max Seeck deftly weaves a police procedural with fascinating occult elements and fully realized, compelling characters. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” – Michelle Vega, Senior Editor, Berkley, An imprint of Penguin Random House, USA

 

 

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza (2-book deal)
ARABIC: Arab Scientific Publishers, (World Arabic, 2-book deal)
ARMENIA: Guitank
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
BELGIUM, A.W. Bruna (2-book deal)
BULGARIA: EMAS (2-book-deal)
CANADA: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book-deal)
CROATIA: Fokus
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada (2-book-deal)
DENMARK: Gutkind (2-book-deal)
ESTONIA: Pegasus (3 booksl)
FRANCE: Michel Lafon (2-book-deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe (3 books)
GREECE: Livani (2-book-deal)
HUNGARY: Animus (2-book-deal)
ICELAND: Forlagid
ISRAEL: Tchelet Books
ITALY: Piemme/Mondadori
KOREA: Cheongmirae
LATIN AMERICA: Editorial Maeva/Maeva Noir
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji (2-book-deal)
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
MACEDONIA: Matica (2-book-deal)
NETHERLANDS: A.W. Bruna (2-book-deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug (4 books)
POLAND: Sonia Draga (2-book-deal)
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora (2-book-deal)
ROMANIA: Litera (2-book-deal)
RUSSIA: AST
SERBIA: Vulkan (2-book-deal)
SLOVAKIA: Motýľ (2-book-deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta (2-book-deal)
SPAIN: Editorial Maeva/Maeva Noir
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
TURKEY: Doğan Kitap
UKRAINE: Family Leisure Club
UNITED KINGDOM & COMMONWEALTH: Welbeck Publishing UK (2-book deal)
UNITED STATES: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book-deal)

FILM & TV RIGHTS: Stampede Ventures (Greg Silverman)

HAMMURABIN ENKELIT

Tammi, 2016, 416 pp.

MEFISTON KOSKETUS

Tammi, 2017, 408 pp.

HAADEKSEN KUTSU

Tammi, 2018, 400 pp.

 

READING MATERIAL:

Book 1: Full English PDF

Books 2-3: English samples & synopses

Book 2: Italian edition

 

 

Daniel Kuisma Trilogy

by Max Seeck

New York Times Best Selling Author

Jo Nesbø meets Apocalypse Now in the Balkans: An action-packed page-turner about revenge, war, international crime – and love.

  • Over 40.000 copies sold in Finland!
  • The debut thriller of the year winner!

#1 ANGELS OF HAMMURABI

An employee of the Finnish Embassy in Zagreb goes missing. The local police has no leads, and Daniel Kuisma from the Finnish Defence Forces is sent to investigate, along with Annika Lehto from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The investigation gets unexpectedly complicated when the mysteries of the past start to unravel on the stony shores of the Adriatic Sea. Kuisma knows Croatia like the back of his hand from his days as a peacekeeper during the Yugoslav Wars, and it seems he has been waging a war of his own ever since. What really happened twenty years ago?

#2 THE MEPHISTO TOUCH

Missing-presumed-dead Finnish diplomat, Jare Westerlund has fled from Croatia on a forged passport, leaving behind a decapitated body and his trail goes cold at Stockholm airport.

When Interpol officer Annika Lehto hears of his escape, she abandons her sick leave to go off in pursuit of Westerlund, with the aid of special forces specialist Daniel Kuisma. What follows is a dramatic chain of events, from northern Norway, to San Francisco, to The Hague, as the pair continue the chase.  The further their investigations go, the clearer it becomes that the man they are after has not merely gone astray; his true nature is far worse than anyone had imagined . . .

 

#3 THE CALL OF HADES

Four men are executed in a Zagreb apartment. The place is owned by the U.K. government, but no one seems to know anything about the case. When Daniel Kuisma receives an unexpected guest from Southern Europe he hears something that makes him board the next plane to Zagreb: the lives of thousands of people might be at risk. Meanwhile Annika Lehto is recovering from an assault, but offers him all the help she can from her sickbed.

PRAISE:

”The evil grows so sneakily – I have never read a Finnish thriller with this kind of suspense! Annika Lehto and Daniel Kuisma are here to stay!” – Kotivinkki

”Max Seeck’s trilogy is the best there is in the Finnish thriller field right now.” – Suomen kuvalehti

”Max Seeck’s thriller works perfectly – the trilogy comes to an end in this book that has a plausible plot and well-drawn characters. The Call of Hades is exactly as strong as its predecessors; The Angels  of Hammurabi and The Mephisto Touch, and it is a perfect combination of spy story and action thriller.” – Helsingin Sanomat daily newspaper

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers.” – Iltalehti

 Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

ALBANIA: Muza
ESTONIA: Pegasus
GERMANY: Blanvalet (book 1)
ICELAND: Forlagid
ITALY: Newton Compton (book 2)
SLOVENIA: Didakta

ILVESVAARA

Tammi, July 2021, 384 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample, Finnish edition

The Lynx Factor (Bodyguard series #5)

by Leena Lehtolainen

Brand new crime novel by Finland’s besteselling female crime author! A new standalone sequel in the Bodyguard series!

The fifth title in the Bodyguard series by Finland’s bestselling female crime writer deals with secrets of the super-rich in a claustrophobic space in Lapland

Hilja Ilveskero is hired to a secretive nature holiday center of the super-rich in Eastern Lapland called Ilvesvaara. The owner of the place fears that the worst security threat comes from the inside.

Arriving at Ilvesvaara, Hilja notices that it is not just an ordinary spa hotel, but a luxurious theme park accessible to only eight guests at a time, where wildlife roams freely. Millionaire Aku Rautio is also due to appear soon. Hilja is already familiar with the man, as she has once spent a hectic night with him. When Aku mysteriously disappears, everyone in the resort comes under suspicion, including Hilja. Why doesn’t Aku’s wife want to report the disappearance to the police? Why did so many people in Ilvesvaara know Aku?

 

 

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Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

GERMANY: Rowohlt

 

HENKIVARTIJA, Tammi 2009, 355 pp.
OIKEUDEN JALOPEURA, Tammi 2011, 333 pp.
PAHOLAISEN PENNUT, Tammi 2012, 415 pp.
TIIKERINSILMÄ, Tammi 2016, 400 pp..

ILVESVAARA, Tammi, July 2021, 384 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English editions books 1-3,
German edition and English sample book 4.

Bodyguard series

by Leena Lehtolainen


Leena Lehtolainen’s books sold worldwide over 2,5 million copies!

Finland’s Bestselling Female Crime Author

The Bodyguard Series stars a New York-trained bodyguard who is fiercely self-sufficient, highly alert to her surroundings, and haunted by horrific violence in her past.

BOOK I: THE BODYGUARD: In Russia, when bodyguard Hilja Ilveskero’s client is killed, Hilja becomes a suspect. She sets out to prove her innocence, but soon realizes that someone is after her.

BOOK II: THE LION OF JUSTICE: Hilja visits her lover, David Stahl in Italy where he is hiding from a Belorussian mobster. After he suddenly disappears, Hilja returns to Finland to help out a former client.

BOOK III: THE DEVIL’S CUBS: At the wedding of Hilja’s client, uninvited guests show up. A mystery soon begins to unravel and hidden truths are revealed: Hilja comes face-to-face with horrific events from her childhood.

BOOK IV: THE EYE OF THE TIGER: When the 92-year-old textile industry magnate Lovisa Johnson, who lives in a mansion that’s rumored to be haunted, offers Hilja a job as her bodyguard, she does not hesitate. Johnson is childless, but her grandnephews and -nieces are eager for their cut of the inheritance.BOOK IV:

BOOK V: THE LYNX FACTOR: Hilja Ilveskero is hired for a secret nature holiday center for the super-rich in Eastern Lapland called Ilvesvaara. The owner of the place fears the worst security threat is coming from the inside. When millionaire Aku mysteriously disappears, everyone in the resort comes under suspicion, including Hilja. Why doesn’t Aku’s wife want to report the disappearance to the police? Why did so many people in Ilvesvaara know Aku?

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Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

ARMENIA: Guitank Publishing
CZECH REPUBLIC: ARGO spol. s r. o.
GERMANY: Rowohlt (books 1-5)
RUSSIA: Azbooka-Atticus
TURKEY: Nemesis Yayıncılık A.Ş.
UNITED STATES: Amazon Publishing 

JÄLKIKAIKU

Tammi, August 2020, 395 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis

Ripple Effect (Maria Kallio series #15)

by Leena Lehtolainen

A new novel by Finland’s bestselling female crime author! #1 most requested title in Finnish libraries!

  • 15th book in The Maria Kallio Series: sold over 2 ,5 million copies worldwide, translated into 30 languages
  • The New York Times Nordic Noir Guide recommends Maria Kallio Series
  • New Maria Kallio TV Series on MTV3/Cmore in autumn 2021!

Maria Kallio is getting ready for her daughter’s graduation when her cat brings her a human ear. She takes it to the forensic lab and doesn’t think any more of it. Maria and her team are assigned to investigate a rape of a young woman when things start to heat up.

The accused rapist is a young man with an immigrant background, which causes a lot of racism and heated discussions in the papers and media. Angry fathers are organizing a street patrol to keep their daughters safe, and when Rahim is released from the police station, his safety is not guaranteed.

Maria and her team are working to solve a new case, but online trolls are targeting them and doing everything to distract them. But when Maria is almost killed by an earless driver, it makes her wonder if all the harassment is related to the case, or could it be something more personal?

 

PRAISE:

“At the end of the novel, humanity and its diversity are defended in a beautiful way.”

Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
GERMANY: Rowohlt

FILM & TV RIGHTS (Maria Kallio series): MTV3/Cmore

 

Maria Kallio series

Tammi, 1993-2020

READING MATERIAL:

English editions Books 1–11,
German editions Books 1–14

Maria Kallio series

by Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen has sold over 2,5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 30 languages.

  • The New York Times Nordic Noir Guide recommends Maria Kallio series
  • New Maria Kallio TV Series on MTV3/Cmore in fall 2021!

Finland’s most popular crime series, the Maria Kallio mysteries, follows the career of a tough, down-to-earth and emotionally intelligent police officer who starts working in the Helsinki violent crimes unit. Every book centers around murder, but there are also elements of social issues, and through the series Maria’s personal development is present, as we follow her struggle to balance police work and motherhood.

#1 MY FIRST MURDER (Ensimmäinen murhani, Tammi 1993, 251 pp.)

 When a member of a student choir is found dead, young police sergeant Maria Kallio is given the opportunity to prove herself.

#2 HER ENEMY (Harmin paikka, Tammi 1994, 244 pp.)

Maria Kallio has left the Helsinki police force to work for a law office. When a new acquaintance is found strangled in her home, Maria is pulled back into the world of criminal investigation.

#3 COPPER HEART (Kuparisydän, Tammi 1995, 248 pp.)

Maria has returned to her old home town to serve as the summer replacement for the local sheriff. But her peace is disturbed, first by her old flame, and then by the discovery of a body.

#4 SNOW WOMAN (Luminainen, Tammi 1996, 352 pp.)

Elina Rosberg, the director of a women’s therapy center disappears. Clues point to murder, and the list of suspects includes participants of the current therapy group.

#5 DEATH SPIRAL (Kuolemanspiraali, Tammi 1997, 359 pp.)

A 16-year-old skating sensation is found slain with her own skates.

#6 FATAL HEADWIND (Tuulen puolella, Tammi 1998, 348 pp.)
Maria Kallio spends a weekend on the island of Rödskär, where one of her former boyfriends fell to his death. Soon another man loses his life.

#7 BEFORE I GO (Ennen lähtöä, Tammi 2000, 375 pp.)

An openly homosexual Green Party politician is savagely beaten: was this a personal grudge, a random act of violence or a hate crime?

#8 BELOW THE SURFACE (Veren vimma, Tammi, 2003, 314 pp.)

When a woman’s body turns up in a lake—with a bullet to the back of her head—Violent Crime Unit commander Maria Kallio, freshly back from maternity leave, is fast to get on the case.

#9 THE NIGHTINGALE MURDER (Rivo Satakieli, Tammi, 2005, 346 pp.)

When well-known prostitute Lulu Nightingale is murdered on live television, Maria dives into the convolutions of sex for hire and politics.

#10 DERAILED (Väärän jäljillä, Tammi, 2008, 378 pp.)

Maria Kallio is called back to investigate the murder of a sports official. The case appears to connect to recent threats against a journalist and a track-and-field doping scandal. A new house and an opportunity to play bass in a rock band with some other cops add some light to Maria’s life.

#11 WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS GONE (Minne tytöt kadonneet, Tammi, 2010, 342 pp.)

After returning from Afghanistan with a heavy heart, Maria Kallio starts investigating the mystery of several missing immigrant girls, and one of them turns up dead.

#12 THE IRON TRIANGLE (Rautakolmio, Tammi 2013, 352 pp.)

Two bodies turn up wrapped in plastic out in the archipelago: the man was shot and the woman drowned.

#13 A STROKE OF SADNESS (Surunpotku, Tammi 2015, 432 pp.)

The dead body of a diamond dealer is found at a church. The murderer appears to also have stolen a set of diamonds. The hunt leads the police into an international web of crime.

#14 THE END OF INNOCENCE (Viattomuuden loppu, Tammi 2017, 457 pp.)

Maria begins work in a new unit investigating crimes commited by and affecting minors and youths. When the body of a recently-released serial sex crimes offender is found in an abandoned traffic park in Espoo, Maria has a homicide investigation on her hands.

#15 THE RIPPLE EFFECT (Jälkikaiku, Tammi 2020, 450 pp.)

Maria and her team are working to solve a new case, but online trolls are targeting them and doing everything to distract them. But when Maria is almost killed by an earless driver, it makes her wonder if all the harassment is related to the case, or could it be something more personal?

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Gaia
GERMANY: Rowohlt
GERMANY: (Audio): Finch & Zebra
GREECE: Livani
ISRAEL: Penn
JAPAN: Tokyo Sogensha (Books 1-6)
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
WORLD ARABIC: Al Arabi
WORLD ENGLISH: Amazon Crossing

FILM & TV RIGHTS: MTV3/Cmore

 

LITERARY FICTION

KAIKKI OLI HEIDÄN
Otava, September 2021, 397 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

Finnish manuscript
English sample & synopsis coming soon!

They Had It All

by Juha Itkonen

It’s 2050 and choices made in 2019 appear in a new, harsh light. Where did our days disappear?

  • From one of his generation’s most recognized authors in Finland.

Vilho’s father Ilmari, a forty-something theater director, is according to his own view balancing successfully between the push-and-pull of career and family life. However, the tranquil peace of the wooden house is upset when his widowed grandfather temporarily moves to live with the four-member family. Thirty years later, in a wholly changed world, the lived life of the early 2000s and the choices made then appear in a new, harsh light. Where did their days disappear?

The bourgeois bohemian district of Wooden Käpylä in Helsinki during summer 2019 – the last summer before a global pandemic. From its midpoint, the novel also takes place in the 2050s from which perspective the events of 2019 are told.

 

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Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

TÄMÄ LÄPINÄKYVÄ SYDÄN
Otava, August 2021, 268 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis

This Transparent Heart

by Katja Kallio

A passionate novel about the forbidden love of a misfit woman and a Soviet prisoner of war

  • From a critically acclaimed bestselling author and screenwriter
  • Katja Kallio’s books have sold close to 180,000 copies in Finland!

Young Beata returns home to war-torn Hanko in the winter of 1942. When she accidentally encounters a prisoner of war who sees directly into her innermost being, life changes irreversibly. Forbidden love puts Beata and Ivan at risk for their lives, but they can’t stay apart. In the moment of reckoning, Beata has to ask herself whether one can ever truly know their beloved – or even themselves.

A stirringly beautiful and intimate description of hatred and its only counterforce –  the connection between people.

 

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Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

RÖDA RUMMET
Förlaget, August 2021, 250 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis
Swedish edition

The Red Room

by Kaj Korkea-aho

Published author looking to buy an apartment in southern Helsinki. Offer me a good price, and I will write you a book! 

  • By awarded writer, columnist and comedian Kaj Korkea-aho

Lust and power collide in an upscale apartment in the fashionable southern Helsinki. The steep and sturdy Art Nouveau walls have seen decadent parties and cruel games.

At first, it’s just a joke: a newspaper ad in which a young writer promises to write a book in exchange for an affordable apartment. But when a gentleman living alone offers him the home of his dreams, the young man finds himself involved in a remarkable game. 

He begins to write a story that takes the reader to the labyrinth of desire and submission, to the nightlife of 1980s Helsinki, and to the intricate setups of relationships between men – but what is his place in it?

NEW!

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND (in Swedish): Förlaget
FINLAND (in Finnish): Otava

 

UKKOSHUILU
Otava, August 2021, 400 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis

The Storm Flute

by Johanna Sinisalo

Beauty comes in many forms—stunning, exciting, thrilling, perilous. Weather has all of these forms.

  • Finlandia Prize winning author

Predicting or altering the weather is the eternal dream of humanity. A merchant named Jonah, living in Assyria 600 years before the common era, gets caught in a storm. Is the storm a curse from God, or is it his own doing? In Finland in the 2010’s, Leena Lind loves her job as a meteorologist, but the activities of an aggressive finance company have her wasting her expertise at menial tasks. When her daughter Leia plays a game that involves making a video of a thunderstorm, Leena’s life is blown irretrievably off track and soon no one is safe anymore.

A masterful novel about the thin line between knowledge and belief, the Storm Flute is a love letter to the weather – a fierce, global story of the destructive power of the human desire for control. 

 

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Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

DENMARK: Jensen & Dalgaard 
HUNGARY: Metropolis

VIERAAT

Karisto, March 2020, 350 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis

Strangers Inside

by Johanna Sinisalo

Modern horror story and family drama by a Finlandia-award winner! Based on the latest science with a sci-fi twist!

  • National horror competition winner 2019
  • Finlandia Prize winning author!

Siiri and Essi are shocked to find out that their 6-year-old daughter Sissi has been caught cutting herself with scissors. What could make such a young child do that? As Sissi’s behavior becomes stranger and stranger, the two mothers start to look for an outside force that is trying to hurt the family. But what if the threat is something or someone from the inside the family?

Strangers Inside is a modern horror story, but also a frightening description of twisted family dynamics. The story is delivered by three different narrative voices, all of them having their limited points of view. What if the ultimate enemy, ripping the family slowly apart, is coming from the circle of people closest to you?

 PRAISE:

“Stylish bodyhorror without any cliches. It is extremely relatable, as we all have bodies after all. This could almost happen to anyone of us. A human body has still some unknown elements – strangers inside. “

Turun Sanomat newspaper, Finland

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Karisto (orig.)

YSTÄVÄNI NATALIA

Teos, 2019, 240 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English edition

My Friend Natalia

by Laura Lindstedt

A brave novel about a young woman’s sexuality, therapy, the power of narration and identity. This is a playful, brilliant, feministic and surprisingly funny novel by a Finlandia-award winner!

  • International bestseller! Lindstedt’s books have been translated into 18 languages!
  • Finlandia Prize winning author!

Natalia starts to see a therapist to help solve the problems in her sex life. It is clear from the beginning that she is not going to play by the rules of therapy. The weekly sessions combine art, philosophy, literature, childhood memories and erotic experiences as a method of treatment, and slowly they make Natalia lose all her inhibitions. She starts to enjoy her therapy – maybe too much?

The novel takes a deconstructive approach to the self-help narratives of our time and drives the tools of autofiction into a dead end, asking what is concealed when everything is revealed?

PRAISE:

“Badwy and beguiling.” Kirkus Reviews

“— This is the book’s tease, that Natalia — eccentric, unruly, compelling — will be definitively “solved.” But she’s not a dramatic principal, not a thing able to fire real bullets. This was her psychologist’s figure of speech and as such probably tells us more about the psychologist than the patient. The deeper, indeed more layered, mystery is, it emerges, the novel’s chimerical narrator. — Laura Lindstedt’s sly, intriguing novel.” Hermione Hoby, New York Times

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Teos (orig.)
BELGIUM: De Bezige Bij
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FRANCE: Gallimard
GERMANY: dtv
HUNGARY: Scolar Kiado
ITALY: Elliot Edizioni
LITHUANIA: BALTO
NETHERLANDS: De Bezige Bij
NORWAY: Oktober
ROMANIA: Humanitas Fiction
SWEDEN: Norstedts
UNITED STATES (print): W.W. Norton / Liveright
UNITED STATES (audio): Penguin Random House Audio

KUUNPÄIVÄN KIRJEET

Teos, September 2020, 300 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English manuscript

The Moonday Letters

by Emmi Itäranta

A queer love story that bends space, time, myth and science.

Third novel by internationally bestselling and award-winning author

The Moonday Letters has elements of clifi, elements of suspense, and feels Golden Age-y in its imagination of how space has been colonized in the wake of Earth’s transformation.

Lumi is an Earth-born healer whose Mars-born spouse Sol disappears unexpectedly on a work trip. As Lumi begins her quest to find Sol, she delves gradually deeper into Sol’s secrets – and her own.

While recalling her own path to becoming a healer under the guidance of her mysterious teacher Vivian, she discovers an underground environmental group called Stoneturners, which may have something to do with Sol’s disappearance. Lumi’s search takes her from the wealthy colonies of Mars to Earth that has been left a shadow of its former self due to vast environmental destruction. Gradually, she begins to understand that Sol’s fate may have been connected to her own for much longer than she thought.

Part space-age epistolary, part eco-thriller, Moonday Letters is also a love story between two individuals from very different worlds.

PRAISE:

“Itäranta’s language is beautiful, and depictions almost poetic. The story grows, as emotions, clues, past, secrets and truth open like flowers. The plot flows forward and the mystery keeps readers hooked up. And it is a pleasure to read.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Teos (orig.)

CZECH REPUBLIC: Kniha Zlin/Albatros
HUNGARY: Metropolis
WORLD ENGLISH (print, e-book): Titan Books
WORLD ENGLISH (audio): Recorded Books

TEEMESTARIN KIRJA

Teos, September 2012, 266 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English edition

Memory of Water

by Emmi Itäranta

A story of growing up, of the power of friendship – and, above all, of undying hope in a wrecked world

  • International hit: rights sold to 22 territories
  • Feature film in production, international release in 2021!

The story is set in a drought-ravaged, war-ridden future world where fresh water has become the privilege of a few and tea masters have been keepers of natural springs for centuries, Memory of Water tells the story of seventeen-year-old Noria, set to become the next tea master in her village. When her father dies, she finds herself alone with the dangerous responsibility of guarding a hidden spring that can save lives – or provoke people to kill.

As war spreads into her homeland, Noria’s loyalties are torn between keeping her duty and helping her dearest friend Sanja, whose family can barely survive on their water rations. Together the girls unearth knowledge about the past that has remained buried too long and begin to plan a journey to the Lost Lands, forbidden areas that might hold unexplored water resources.

Yet the web of the military is closing in on Noria’s secret. Sanja disappears mysteriously, and Noria is placed under house arrest. Knowing her own life is in danger, Noria must face a choice in order to secure the hidden information for others.

PRAISE:

The writing is gorgeous and delicate in this dystopian award-winning debut, which is unique in both its setting and the small scale the Finnish author Itäranta employs. A larger world, with huge problems, is hinted at but not shown. Because the reader stays with the beautifully realized character of Noria and the village she inhabits, the tension is high even though the pacing remains measured.”

– Library Journal, starred review US

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Teos (orig.)
ARABIC: Dar Al Muna
BRAZIL: Record
BULGARIA: Perseus
CHINA: Sichuan People’s Publishing House
CROATIA: VBZ
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/Plus
DENMARK: Turbine
ESTONIA: Koolibri
FRANCE: Place des Editeurs
GEORGIA: Palitra L Publishing
GERMANY: DTV/Reihe Hanser
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media
ITALY: Piemme
JAPAN: Nishimura Shoten
KOREA: The Book in My Life
LATVIA: Janis Roze
LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto
NORWAY: Gresvik Forlag
RUSSIA: Text Publishers
SPAIN: Ediciones B.
SWEDEN: Modernista
TURKEY: Dogan Egmont
WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins

FILM & TV RIGHTS: Bufo

JÄRJETTÖMIÄ ASIOITA
Tammi, March 2021, 250 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
Long English sample & synopsis
Spanish sample & synopsis
Media Portfolio

 

Irrational Things

by Saara Turunen

An autofictive story of love, death and life between two countries. Turunen’s funny, witty and melancholic voice examines the contradiction of sense and sensibility.

  • An immediate bestseller by the internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director Saara Turunen
  • Over 15.000 copies sold in Finland!

The narrator of the book, a nameless woman, travels to Barcelona. She meets a foreign man and falls in love with him. The man is the total opposite of her in many ways. Where she has been brought up to exert control, to plan and to master her life, he is sort of a free soul. He doesn’t want to worry about tomorrow; rather, he just drifts freely, taking things as they come.

The book discusses not only love but also writing about it. Is love a suitable subject to deal with if you want to be taken seriously? And what is love really? Is it comparable to the class system, a way of controlling property and heritage, or something else, something difficult to explain but unavoidable, for all of us to deal with at some point of our lives. Turunen handles her themes in a melancholy and playful way. The short, clear sentences convey precise observations about the contradictions of life, norms, the expectations we face and the difficulties in fulfilling them. The narration flows effortlessly and takes the reader to a fascinating and private world, strongly connected with our times but at the same time teeming with eternal questions.

Saara Turunen is known for her bold and direct style. Her insightful texts are compared to Sally Rooney and Rachel Cusk: the representational style catches the reader and immerses one in the real, observational moment in an enjoyable way.

PRAISE:

“I love the way Turunen writes about seemingly mundane details, but they actually represent structures or pain points of the society. Her language is straightforward, and the humor is seen in the contrasts of what is said and what happens. “ – Turun Sanomat newspaper

“We are honored to be the first foreign publishers of this masterly Work by Saara Turunen. We believe that its subject is a matter of great relevance in the face of the modern life-style and the readers will relate with and feel for the main heroine.”– Ieva Savukynaitė-Dubicka, BALTO, Lithuania

NEW!

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
LITHUANIA: BALTO
 

RAJAMAA

Otava, 2020, 192 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis

 

Arctic Mirage

by Terhi Kokkonen

When Karo and Risto’s holiday to Northern Finland ends in a car accident, they are forced to stay at the luxurious Arctic Mirage Hotel. Will their relationship survive the next six days? The winner of the Best Debut Novel Award 2020 delivers a literary mystery set in the Finnish backwoods and a strange, snow-encompassed holiday resort.

  • Winner of the 2020 Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize – Prestigious award for the best debut novel of the year

Karo and Risto go on a holiday in Northern Finland to give themselves time to fix their stressful marriage. However, on their way home, they’re involved in a car accident and are subsequently forced to stay at the only accommodation in the area; Hotel Arctic Mirage. Once inside, they find that the hotel has a rather strange atmosphere and it starts to have a peculiar effect on them. Karo begins to doubt her own memories and tries her best to escape the snowbound hotel holiday village whereas Risto starts to feel strange and refuses to leave. 

Arctic Mirage is a strong-spirited, psychological novel about people in exceptional circumstances. It keeps the reader gripped and provides chills on every page.

 PRAISE:

“The unusual setting of the luxury hotel in the middle of the cold, snowy, isolated atmosphere of Lapland wasteland which translates directly to the inner numbness the characters, the slow unmasking of the characters, the carefully crafted language, the subtle atmosphere of menace – these are all things which made me fall in love with this phenomenal novel. I have to admit that it has captured my thoughts since the very moment I read the English sample translation, for it is not only one of the best reading experiences I had in a long time, it’s also such an interesting study of some of the most pressing issues of our time.  Terhi Kokkonen is such a brilliant, exceptional addition to our list of international authors!”

Lina Muzur, Verlagsleiterin/Publishing Director, Hanser Berlin

 

NEW!

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
GERMANY: Hanser Berlin

 

BECHI

Otava, April 2021, 300 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis
Swedish edition

 

Bechi

by Koko Hubara

A groundbreaking debut novel from one of the most interesting authors of the generation. This is the story of a simultaneously close and destructive relationship between a mother and a daughter, and of a desire to belong somewhere while also wanting to break free.

Bechi is in her thirties, and lives in Helsinki, where she is trying to finish her master’s thesis. Her mother Shoshana is a writer of Yemeni Jewish heritage. Her autobiographical novel shocked readers in Finland, but she has also burned all the bridges between her family in Israel.

What’s more, the fate of Shoshana’s brother is forever burned in to the minds of the family’s three generations of women.

When Bechi tells her mother about her pregnancy, many years of tension come to a head. How can two people remember everything so differently? More importantly, what are the things that they would rather forget?

PRAISE:

“Beneath the beautifully rolling prose and sensual metaphors there are angry, cleansing currents.—Bechi is a work that rejects sentimentality in describing the relationship between a mother and a daughter in this world. — Despite its big themes, Bechi is very polished and dense.… As a whole, Bechi is a strong debut and Koko Hubara a welcome addition into the field of Finnish fiction.” -Helsingin Sanomat Newspaper

”The storytelling is vivid and keeps you in its grip…” – Suomen Kuvalehti Magazine

NEW!

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND (in Finnish): Otava (orig.)

FINLAND (in Swedish): Förlaget

 

HEIMAN
Förlaget, 2020, 381 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English sample & synopsis
Swedish edition

 

Homestead

by Ann-Luise Bertell

A detailed and insightful story of four generations and what it means to be human, set in the heart of the Finnish Ostrobothnian plains

  • Nominated for Finlandia Prize 2020 and Runeberg Prize 2020

When Elof is ten years old, his father dies, leaving him and his little brother Ivar alone at the mercy of their relatives. Fear becomes their companion throughout life – a companion who can only be disciplined by the joy of storytelling, alcohol and women. Elof knows that he is a bit of a coward, but has learned that he must never show fear, especially not in front of others and never to his wife Olga, whom he never really gets close to. Pride is the most important thing to Elof, as is their homestead, Heiman, which is all the family has ever truly owned.

Homestead talks about how love and trauma are passed on from one generation to another. This intense family chronicle asks the question; what is the price you have to pay, if you never get to be yourself? Ann-Luise Bertell writes an epic tale with a great drive, crystallized in scenes with strong sensual sensations, full of rich emotions.

 

PRAISE:

” Bertell’s depictions of children are masterful. For a brief moment I’m back feeling like a child, I completely buy into the main characters’ emotions, crying with them in their sorrows and laughing with them in their childhood games. ” – Eric Luth, Liberaldebatt.se, Sweden February, 2020

Rights sold:

FINLAND (in Swedish): Förlaget (orig.)
FINLAND (in Finnish): Tammi

AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
GEORGIA: Merebashvilitykesson
SWEDEN: Förlaget

 

TOISET MEISTÄ

WSOY, April 2020, 248 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis

The Others of Us

by Mooses Mentula

Do we really make our own choices, or are we just part of someone else’s story?

  • New novel! Meet Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Edgar Allan Poe and Jane Austen!

To escape the demands and responsibilities, Tino fetches a jar from the closet, digs out a pill, sets it on the back of his tongue, and accelerates the medicine’s journey to his stomach with some coffee.  He sinks into images of lives that are experienced elsewhere, at different times, through the eyes of other people. He suddenly finds himself writing only stories – and not just stories of the world outside, but he is also writing his own life into a story which events he is no longer able to control.

The Others of Us takes the reader to the road with Jack Kerouac, to a bar with Charles Bukowski, and to have discussions with Edgar Allan Poe and Jane Austen. A lot of people have things to say, but who are actually worth listening?

 PRAISE:

“We are overjoyed to become Mooses Mentula’s publishers again! We heard so much about his new novel that we had to make sure to be able to read it and are looking forward to being the first readers of the German translation. What a privilege! “

–  Publisher Stefan Weidle,  Weidle Verlag, Germany

Rights sold:

FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
GERMANY: Weidle Verlag

 

HUMOR & ROMANCE

HURMURIHERTTUA

Otava, March 2021, 300 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis, Series presentation

Charming Duke

by Sara Medberg

Nordic Regal Romance Series

Charming Duke is a story about the mistress of Blackthorn Castle, Arabella Öhrnmarck. She becomes widowed after an unhappy marriage and travels home to Stockholm to be near the Royal Court. But something strange is going on. Mystical incidents and threatening situations occur non-stop. It seems that somebody is out to silence her. What is the secret they are searching? Then, a fascinating English duke starts to court Arabella…

The novel takes place in the years of 1815 and 1816 under the rule of Crown Prince Carl XIV Johan. The era is parallel with the life of the classical novelist Jane Austen, and the genre is regency romance, as in the popular series Bridgerton. The novel features well-known places, such as the still standing Royal Palace of Stockholm and the imposing castles of Drottningholm and Strömsholm.

“Innuendo, Class Distinction and Hidden Love in the Bridgerton spirit.”

PRAISE:
“We’re very excited to introduce Sara Medberg to the Swedish readers. Her eye for historical details is impressive, and we love the Nordic setting for her books.” – Jennifer Lindström, Senior Editor, Norstedts Förlag

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
SWEDEN: Norstedts Förlag

KAMARINEITSYT

Otava, April 2020, 300 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis, Series presentation

Charlotta – A Lady’s Maid

by Sara Medberg

Nordic Regal Romance Series

The beginning of a new series about the Grand Duchy of Finland in the spirit of Jane Austen. Strict class hierarchy and fabulous silk ruffles rule in the 19th century Åbo, where seamstress Charlotta Silke is looking for her own Mr. Darcy. When Baron Ridderlöw of Starfire Manor hires Charlotta as a lady’s maid for her sister, both their lives change for good. Charlotta gets her hands on Jane Austen’s newly published Pride and Prejudice, which alters the way she sees her role as a woman. But the book’s ideas of modern love, marriage and early feminism are put to the test as the bitter war-torn Baron Ridderlöw becomes romantically interested in Charlotta. Can an ordinary lady’s maid have it all – a meaningful life and the man of her dreams?

“Innuendo, Class Distinction and Hidden Love in the Bridgerton spirit.”

PRAISE:

“Lightheartedness with fact-covered icing. — With a fine nuance of the modern things special for that era..” – Länsi-Suomi newspaper

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Varrak
SWEDEN: Norstedts Förlag

PINTAREMONTTI
Otava, September 2020, 300 pp.

READING MATERIAL:
English sample,
German and Norwegian editions

Facelift

by Miika Nousiainen

Tragicomic tale of life’s biggest questions and their surprisingly simple answers.

  • Much awaited new novel by master of Finnish comedy and internationally acclaimed author
  • Over 95.000 copies sold in Finland!

Sami has a dream: he desperately wants to be a father. His biological clock has been ticking for the past 15 years so loudly that sometimes it’s hard to hear his own thoughts. But it’s not so easy to become a father, first of all, you need to find a suitable future mother candidate.

But when Sami’s latest future-mother-candidate rides off with a biker guy, he makes a series of bad choices that cause him to anger the local motorcycle gang. How to fix a life where everything seems to go wrong? Sini, a wellbeing blogger with perfectly instagrammable life arrives to offer a solution.

PRAISE:

“Reading a novel by Nousiainen is like a scenic ride in a ropeway: a comfortable, entertaining spectacle while looking into deep abysses. I can’t wait to read more, start laughing and at the same time having this awkward and thrilling feeling of facing existential questions.” – Patrick Sielemann, Editor, Kein & Aber, Germany 

“Facelift is a perfect feel-good novel. It meets the high expectations that we have learned to expect from Nousiainen: it’s funny, dark, entertaining and very timely.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

“Fast, funny and heartwarming! (4 stars)” – Kulttuuritoimitus magazine

Finnish bestseller!

 

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

CROATIA: Znanje
CZECH REPUBLIC: Host
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat

GERMANY: Kein & Aber
NORWAY: Vigmostad & Bjørke
RUSSIA: Livebook
SERBIA: Odiseja

KUOLEMA EHTOOLEHDOSSA
Teos 2013, 305 pp.

EHTOOLEHDON PAKOLAISET
Teos 2014, 256 pp.

EHTOOLEHDON TUHO
Teos 2015, 280 pp.

 

READING MATERIAL: 

English editions of Books 1-3

Sunset Grove Trilogy

by Minna Lindgren

Rip-roaring, hilarious and poignant. For the fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Mma Ramotswe!

  • TV Series in development
  • An international hit! Rights sold in 14 territories!

#1 Death in Sunset Grove

Who could imagine that anything illegal – whether it be suspicious deaths, thefts or the covert trading of medications – could happen in Sunset Grove retirement home? Its 90-year-old residents Siiri and Irma certainly can’t.

The lives of Siiri, Irma, and other Sunset Grove inhabitants are filled mostly with empty time punctuated by glasses of red wine, tram rides and funerals. Investigating the sudden strange occurrences at Sunset Grove, however, proves to be a more interesting pastime than playing cards with the ambassador and the woman in the wide-brimmed hat – not to mention the never-ending arts and crafts sessions, gym classes or accordion evenings (which the residents of the house attend mostly out of pity towards the employees).

 

#2 Escape from Sunset Grove

Sunset Grove retirement home turns into a kind of hell when it is taken over by foreign construction workers cursing fluently in Finnish. The noise is deafening, a hole appears in the wall, things disappear and residents have to use a portable toilet.

Residents Siiri, Irma and Anna-Liisa, all older than 90, decide to move into a shared apartment in the exotic neighbourhood of Hakaniemi. All three have their own habits and quirks, and life together isn’t entirely free of friction. The women also learn about the sad differences in quality with at-home assistance, and are forced to become familiar with terminal care and questions surrounding euthanasia.

Our heroes also can’t help looking into the suspicious plumbing project at Sunset Grove. As the mystery unfolds, they begin to find out that few people in this world have a fully clean record.

 

#3 The End of Sunset Grove

The final part of the trilogy marks a return to the retirement community. But the place no longer feels like home, and has turned into a state-funded, technology-driven pilot project in elderly care. The conclusion brings together characters lost along the way, and murky details are brought to light. Legal justice is also served – in unexpected ways. A natural, long-awaited death finally collects some, but still not all, of our main characters.

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Teos (orig.)

CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media
DENMARK: Jensen & Dalgaard
ESTONIA: Varrak
FRANCE: Calmann-Lévy
GERMANY: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
HUNGARY: Kossuth
ISRAEL: Yedioth Books
ITALY: Marsilio
LATVIA: Petergailis
LITHUANIA: Obuolys
SLOVAKIA: Albatros Media
SPAIN: Penguin Random House
SWEDEN: Norstedts
WORLD ENGLISH: Pan Macmillan

FILM & TV RIGHTS: Aurora Studios

VIHAINEN LESKI

Teos 2018, 247 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis,

German and Spanish editions

Angry Widow

by Minna Lindgren

A Man Called Ove meets Sex and the City

For the past 12 years, 74-year-old Ulla has cared for her paralyzed husband, a mean and slightly alcoholic man. At his funeral, all she can think is: finally! She reconnects with old friends and starts living every day as if it were her last. Her adult children try to stop her newfound debauchery in many ways – but the biggest change comes along in the guise of an older gentleman.

The Angry Widow is an amusing and entertaining story about how friendships and love affairs change when you grow old. With warmth and sarcasm Lindgren examines the questions of what it means to be seventy in a world where everyone over 65 ticks the same age box in a survey.

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Teos
CZECH REPUBLIC: XYZ
ESTONIA: Pegasus
GERMANY: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ITALY: Marsilio
SLOVAKIA: XYZ
SPAIN: Suma / Penguin Random House

KAUKORAKKAUS

Teos 2019, 240 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis,

 

A Far, Far Love

by Minna Lindgren

A story of longing, love, and loss. For the fans of The Red Address Book – with a humoristic twist.

Kauko Koskinen is a man of order: receipts are organized, 60 years of calendars are safely stored, and every day has certain rhythms and routines. But when he gets banned from the dementia care home where his wife resides, his life turns upside down. Memories of his youth bring a person from the past back to his mind: where is his first love now? Kauko starts to track down a woman he knew sixty years ago, but is he chasing only a memory or a dream?

From internationally bestselling author of the Sunset Grove trilogy and The Angry Widow.

 

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Teos (orig.)

AINA ON TOIVOA

Teos 2020, 250 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis,

Hope Never Dies

by Minna Lindgren

A hilariously horrible story straight out of the school world. Finland has the best schools in the world – or does it?

 

Marja Vehmarvarsi is a 62-year-old teacher, on the verge of retirement. The schools in Finland have been privatized at a brisk pace, and in order to get any work hours Marja has to come up with new learning games for phenomenon-based learning curriculum, and organize weekly meetings for cross-subject synergies.

Marja’s parents Aina and Toivo are almost 100 years old, but nevertheless passionate YouTubers, whose goal is to save the Finnish school system – whatever it takes. Marja’s popularity among the students grows as her parents’ radical plans spread over the internet.

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Teos (orig.)

MAAILMAN KAUNEIN SANA

Otava, August 2020, 287 pp.

READING MATERIAL:

English sample & synopsis

The Most Beautiful Word

by Emmi Pesonen

Warm, humorous and beautiful debut novel from the point of view of a stepmother. Patchwork family life, and new beginnings.

  • Debut novel by acclaimed screenwriter and actress
  • Feature film in development by Aurora Studios

Amanda’s life is revolutionized when Onni curves into her life with a yellow minibus, chaos and four children riding along. She has been living an extended youth and cared mainly for her house plants until she met Onni and his kids. Happiness, the laundry pile and the dish mountains grow in their new home. Everything is always lost and the house is permanently messy, but Amanda firmly believes that love conquers all obstacles. But when Onni’s behavior starts to get weirder, she has to decide if love truly fixes everything.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat

FILM & TV RIGHTS: Aurora Studios