Fiction

New titles this season

Literary Fiction

The Enchantment

Riikka Pulkkinen

Literary Fiction

Inherited Land

Maria Turtschaninoff

Literary Fiction

The Night of Ancient Lights

Hanna Meretoja

Crime and Thrillers

The Italian Game

Vera Vala

Crime and Thrillers

In Your Shadow

Martta Kaukonen

Crime & Thrillers

ITALIALAINEN PELI
WSOY, August 2022, 414 pp.

Reading material:
English sample & synopsis

The Italian Game

Vera Vala

“The heart of darkness is in the human mind.”

✓  The opening of a new, Salla Kotka crime series, set in Milan, following a serial killer called the Harlequin!

✓  Elena Ferrante meets Jo Nesbø!

✓  By an author who has lived in Italy for 25 years and written bestseller novels!

The Greater Milan area lives in fear. A mysterious stalker is terrorizing people, and a serial killer called the Harlequin is picking their victims, branding them with jewellery. Are the two cases connected?

Salla Kotka, starting her career as a forensic psychologist, gets pulled into the threatening chain of events as she begins working for a defense attorney. Their client is the suspected serial killer, and Salla needs to help the defense uncover the truth. But, in the end, does truth carry any value in the courtroom?

To make matters worse, her new job as a profiler seems like a battlefield, mined by suspicious colleagues and hostile clients. While Salla has to examine the darkest sides in others, she is also trying to come to terms with her own past. Can she trust anyone, even herself?

NEW!

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)

RATKAISEMATON
Kirja, joka avasi murhatutkinnan
Otava, June 2022, audiobook

Reading material:
English sample & synopsis

Unsolved – The Case of Elli Immo

Elina Backman and Heidi Holmavuo

A true crime story of a murder committed 67 years ago, the case reopened based on the work of two private detectives

✓  Audiobook based on the popular podcast!

✓  Audio rights sold to Denmark!

✓  Book, audiobook and podcast rights available!

In 1955, a young woman, Elli, was found murdered near her home in a small town in Northern Finland. Her father, who worked as a policeman, had also died in suspicious circumstances. Elli’s murder, however, remained unsolved. In 1972, a group of police officers demanded reopening the murder investigation, citing destroyed evidence and protection of someone involved.

Based on this claim, crime writers Elina Backman and Heidi Holmavuo started investigating the case in the 2020s. They travelled to the town of Kemi where the murder happened, interviewed locals and heard chilling things previously kept secret. Based on their research, the police decided to reopen the investigation.

NEW!

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: Podster

in your shadow

SINUN VARJOSSASI
WSOY, July 2022, 276 pp.

Reading material:
English sample & synopsis

In Your Shadow

Martta Kaukonen

The great post-#MeToo thriller

✓  A gripping page-turner about past trauma and the hunger for justice!

✓  A new thriller by the internationally bestselling author Martta Kaukonen, whose debut Follow the Butterfly has been sold to 13 territories, including UK & US!

✓ Published in Finland in July!

The harassment of women should be kept silent no longer, a small group of activists declares and demands justice. But at what price?

When #metoo spread through the media like wildfire, many victims of harassment felt hopeful – now we can talk about it, now the change begins. But the fire died, and things did not change. Traumas did not disappear, and justice is yet to come.

Sixty-year-old Anne hosts meetings for a group of people who will not be silenced. They start rehearsing a performance as an apology to the victims of harassment. Among them are acclaimed actress Minna who has spoken about her experiences publicly, former straight-A student Suvi who doesn’t want to leave her home anymore out of fear, and performance artist Roni who’s looking to upgrade his feminism from words to actions. Can they trust each other? Are they driven by a desire for justice or a wish for revenge?

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Rights sold:

FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)

TERAPIASSA
WSOY, March 2021, 471 pp.

Reading material:
English sample & synopsis

Follow the Butterfly

Martta Kaukonen

An addictive psychological thriller in the spirit of Gillian Flynn!

✓  An international bestseller by author-journalist Martta Kaukonen, sold in 13 territories!

✓  A critical success and bestseller in Finland!

✓  Savonia Prize nominee!

✓  A sequel coming out in 2023/2024!

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. Everyone knows who she is 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 ceases 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.

This wildly popular thriller has already gathered fans worldwide, and has a sequel coming out in 2023/2024!

Pushkin is proud to have acquired US rights in addition to UK rights for this incredible debut and is excited for English readers everywhere to experience the twisty, addictive thrill of Martta Kaukonen’s Follow The Butterfly.
– Adam Freudenheim, Publisher and Managing Director, Pushkin Press

Kaukonen’s debut is such a skillfully constructed psychological thriller and it holds the reader in its grip offering surprises until the very last line. The gruesome plot speeds forward seemingly lightly in short paragraphs. The perspectives change swiftly between characters and the ambiance intensifies with an ending that flips the tables completely.
– Savonia Prize Jury Praise

Rights sold:

FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
CROATIA: Znanje
CZECH REPUBLIC: Kniha Zlin/Albatros
DENMARK: Falco
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)
UNITED STATES: Pushkin Press (2-book deal)
UNITED STATES: Audible (audio)

LOUKKO
Tammi, September 2022, 358 pp.

Reading material:
English synopsis
English manuscript in November

The Archipelago

Max Seeck

New York Times Bestselling Author

Jessica Niemi #4

The fourth title in the NYT-bestselling Jessica Niemi series! 

✓  Series rights sold to 40 countries and Hollywood!

A month after solving the Zetterborg case, Jessica Niemi is ordered on paid leave after an altercation, and she decides to travel to a small island in the Åland archipelago to escape the attention and find some peace. Meanwhile, a group of old people arrive on the same island, and Jessica learns that they are the remaining members of the Doves, the people who had to flee from Finland to Sweden during World War II and ended up living in an orphanage on the very same island.

One evening, Jessica hears a local legend about a girl who also inhabited the orphanage once, but who was mentally ill. Every night at two o’clock, the girl put on her blue coat and went to stand on the pier, waiting for something that never showed up. One night she disappeared and was never found. That same night, one of the remaining Doves dies.

Jessica soon finds out that two other people have previously faced the same fate on the same island, and all three people seem to have something to do with the girl in the blue coat. A chain of events starts to escalate, and we don’t know whether we’re facing a killer or – just like the legend says – a ghost, the girl in the blue coat.

Jessica Niemi is once again facing a scary mystery where the stakes are considerable. Whilst battling her own demons, uncertain what is real and what is not, she needs to find out the truth.

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 Reviews review of THE ICE COVEN

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Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
DENMARK: Gutkind (Books 3&4)
ESTONIA: Pegasus
GERMANY: Bastei Lubbe
NORWAY: Aschehoug
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
UNITED KINGDOM: Welbeck Publishing UK (Books 3&4)
UNITED STATES: Berkley/Penguin Random House (Books 3&4)

KAUNA
Tammi, September 2021, 431 pp.

Reading material:
English edition

The Last Grudge
(a.k.a. Bad Blood)

Max Seeck

New York Times Bestselling Author

Jessica Niemi #3

The third installment in the best-selling series!

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

✓  In 2021, Max Seeck’s books have sold 108,000 copies in Finland only!

Prominent business executive Eliel Zetterborg is found brutally murdered in his home in Helsinki. The company he led has just announced drastic cutbacks and Zetterborg 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 Zetterborg 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 be getting nearer and nearer…

Max Seeck has done it again. — Bad Blood is an example of both his knowledge of the suspense thriller tradition and his meticulous way of building a story. — Seeck offers the readers incorrect clues and bluffs that are part of the suspense genre tradition, along with various references from film and literary works throughout the plot line – which is meandering and surprising in an exemplary way.
– Pertti Avola, Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: EMAS
DENMARK: Gutkind (Books 3&4)
ESTONIA: Pegasus
GERMANY: Bastei Lubbe
HUNGARY: Animus
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
NETHERLANDS: A.W. Bruna
NORWAY: Aschehoug
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
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)

Max Seeck

New York Times Bestselling Author

Jessica Niemi #2

Detective Jessica Niemi is on a hunt to save the life of a missing blogger. But is it already too late? 

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

✓  In 2021, Max seeck’s books have sold 108 000 copies in Finland only!

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…

Seeck throws in a murder that definitely happened, human trafficking, frog toxin, and somnophilia into the mix, masterfully ratcheting up the tension. Ragnar Jónasson fans will be mesmerized.
Publishers Weekly, starred review

A gripping page-turner. The novel’s compelling, exciting side cast of characters and the intense, twisting revelations of the case keep the pace of this book rushing forward to its climax. Thriller fans will finish The Ice Coven and be impatient to start the third, teased volume of the series.
– Booklist

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)

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?

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.
The 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

[A] rich, intensely suspenseful thriller. Seeck’s debut is dark and intricate—the moments of revelation are as vividly cinematic and impactful every time. Seeck has an uncanny ability to unspool reveals at just the right pace to get the reader’s heart pounding as they make the connection at the same moment as the detective on page. His expertise with pacing, his careful plotting, and his choice to use short, quick chapters all combine to create a vivid, robust thriller.
– Booklist (starred review)

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.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Seeck’s riveting multilayered debut, blending masterful police procedural with a chilling exploration of the occult, kept me up all night, devouring it in one amazing gulp, and checking under the bed.
– Sara Blaedel, #1 international bestselling author

The Witch Hunter is everything I wish for in a thriller: exceptional story, exceptional characters, exceptional writing, and shocking twists—exceptional everything. I loved this book, and you will too.
– Chris Mooney, author of Blood World

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)

ENNEN KUIN TULEE PIMEÄÄ
Otava, September 2022, approx. 380 pp.

Reading material:
English sample in September, synopsis

Before the Polar Night Falls

Elina Backman

Saana Havas #3

The past and the present intertwine in this arresting novel with unforgettable characters! 

✓  International TV series in development!

✓  Book 3 in internationally bestselling and award-winning crime series by Elina Backman, sold to 16 territories!

A woman working for a law firm approaches Saana Havas to help with the mystery of her sister’s death. Her sister was found dead in a swamp near the Angeli village in Northern Lapland in 1998, and the murderer has never been caught. The police have given up on the case, no witnesses were ever found in the area of Lapland that covers hundreds of kilometers. Saana promises to help her, and receives all the material the client has collected. Part of this is a manuscript the woman wrote when investigating the case herself years ago. Saana travels to the North and investigates as the winter and polar night keeps creeping closer.

As Saana investigates the old case, she also finds time to ponder on her own roots. An old photograph shows her parents in love at the top of the Saana fell. By the time Saana was born, they all lived in Helsinki, and as the years passed her father returned to the North and her mother stayed in the South. Her mother, who has since passed away, never spoke about her father’s family or roots. Saana interviews the locals and soon finds out unexpected secrets.

Things take a threatening turn when another girl is found dead in Inari. What happened in the North all those years ago? Has the murderer come back after all these year? Who is trustworthy? Who has been carrying secrets inside themselves all these years?  Set in both Helsinki and Lapland, this book is both a fascinating thriller and a detective novel about love, secrets, the magic of Lapland and nature, which acts as a silent witness.

Though part of the Havas-series, it’s not necessary to have read the previous installments in the series.

Rights sold:


FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: Gyldendal

FILM & TV RIGHTS: Aurora Studios

KUN JÄLJET KATOAVAT
Otava, May 2021, 428 pp.

Reading material:
English sample and synopsis, media portfolio

Still Waters Run Deep
(a.k.a. The Isle of Sheep)

Elina Backman

Saana Havas #2

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!

✓  Book 2 in the bestselling series, sold to 16 countries!

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 become 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?

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.
– Sofia Shramko, Rights Manager, Mann Ivanov Ferber, Russia

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Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: Gyldendal
ESTONIA: Varrak (2-book deal)
GERMANY: Piper Verlag (2-book deal)
HUNGARY: Maxim (2-book-deal)
ITALY: Newton Compton
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)
SLOVAKIA: Arkus
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)

Elina Backman

Saana Havas #1

Beginning of a new detective series – already an international hit! A fresh new voice in Scandinavian crime in the vein of Jø Nesbo, Camilla Läckberg, and Tana French!

✓  Rights sold to 16 countries and counting!

✓  Immediate bestseller in Finland! Amazing reviews! 

✓  International TV series in development!

✓  Nominated by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy as the Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year 2021 in Sweden

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.

Elina Backman is a very exciting addition to our crime list and we are very proud to be able to publish her…we have every confidence she is more than capable of becoming as popular as authors such as Jo Nesbø, Lars Kepler and Hjorth Rosenfeldt. Dutch and Flemish readers love high quality crime fiction from Scandinavia, and Elina Backman is one of the most exciting new voices we have recently come across.
– Chris Kooi, Acquiring Editor, Cargo/De Bezige Bij, the Netherlands

A star is born.
Iltalehti newspaper, Finland

Backman keeps the multiple storylines effortlessly together and builds an entertaining summary 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

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Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ALBANIA: Dritan
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
DENMARK: Gyldendal
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

KIIKKU
Otava, September 2022, approx 300 pp.

Reading material:
English synopsis
English sample available in September 2022

Swing

A.M. Ollikainen

Paula Pihlaja #2

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!

An old woman is found hanged in a forest. Paula finds out that she had terminal cancer and had almost emptied her apartment, knowing to die soon. Her death is considered a suicide, but Paula is not satisfied with it. There is something wrong in the picture.

Then, a famous mountain climber is found hanging above a seesaw in a playground. On the other end of the seesaw Paula finds sand that is far too fine to be natural – the same kind of sand that was found at the forest. Paula realizes that the victims have been forced to balance on a seesaw before death, fighting for their lives.

Paula Pihlaja has barely started the investigation when a third body turns up – a teenage boy, at another playground, hanged.

A serial killer is on the loose.

In the first novel of the series, Paula develops strange symptoms. In this second installment 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: she has 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 Lankos (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)

KONTTI
Otava, May 2021, 360 pp.

Reading material:
English sample & synopsis

Cargo

A.M. Ollikainen

Paula Pihlaja #1

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.

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

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