Film rights to Leena Lehtolainen’s THE BODYGUARD TRILOGY optioned to Solar Films Inc., the leading production company in Finland

The Elina Ahlback Literary Agency is thrilled to announce that Solar Films Inc. has optioned the film rights to Leena Lehtolainen’s bestselling BODYGUARD TRILOGY.  The production company plans to make the three novels into three independent movies. A production schedule for the movies has not yet been determined.  Solar Films is the producer of the upcoming movie PURGE, a film adaptation of Sofi Oksanen’s renowned novel.

The first book of Leena Lehtolainen’s bestselling trilogy, The Bodyguard, was published by Tammi Publishers in 2009, and the second book, The Lion of Justice, in 2011. The third book, The Devils Cubs, will come out in August 2012. Rights to the trilogy have been sold to Germany and USA: the German edition of The Bodyguard  (Die Leibwächterin) was published in 2011 by Rowohlt, Lion of Justice will come out in Fall 2012.  World English editions of the trilogy are scheduled for publication in 2012–2013 from Amazon Publishing.

Leena Lehtolainen’s books have been translated into 25 languages so far and sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

The heroine of the trilogy is a New York trained Finnish bodyguard Hilja Ilveskero, whose work takes her around the world. The trilogy is a suspenseful international thriller, rich in irony and humour.

This is not the first time that Leena Lehtolainen’s books have been adapted into screenplays: a TV movie The Killing One, a popular TV series Maria Kallio and a TV miniseries Gränsfall are all based on her novels. Lehtolainen has written more than twenty novels, all published by Tammi Publishers. Her first novel, And Suddenly it’s May (Ja äkkiä onkin kevät) came out in 1976, when Lehtolainen was only 12 years old. Lehtolainen has received recognition as an author, including two awards from the Finnish Whodunnit Society in 1997 and 1998 and two nominations for the Glass Key award by the Crime Writers of Scandinavia in 2002 and 2003.


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Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Leena’s brand new title The Oathbreaker was published in August 2019! This new standalone is set in the icy cold rural Finland. A man is abducted at Helsinki airport and left to die in the winter. He survives, and an international journey for answers begins!

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The 1993 book Ensimmäinen murhani (My First Murder) kicked off Lehtolainen’s first and on-going crime novel series, which has brought an enthusiastically-received female perspective to the male-dominated detective genre through its distinctively down-to-earth heroine Maria Kallio. The Bodyguard Trilogy, meanwhile, stars a New York-trained bodyguard who is fiercely self-sufficient, highly alert to her surroundings, and haunted by horrific violence in her past.

Lehtolainen published her first novel at the age of 12; this work of juvenile fiction appeared in 1976. Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio, the heroine of Lehtolainen’s crime novel series. And just as events in the Bodyguard (trilogy take the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.





Leena Lehtolainen

The Charm of Ice

2016, Non-Fiction

Leena Lehtolainen

My First Murder

1993, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

Her Enemy

1994, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

Copper Heart

1995, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

Snow Woman

1996, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

Death Spiral

1997, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

Fatal Headwind

1998, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

Before I Go

2000, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

The Rage

2003, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

Indecent Nightingale

2005, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

On the Wrong Track

2008, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

2010, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

Iron Triangle

2013, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

A Stroke of Sadness

2015, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

The Bodyguard

2009, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

The Lion of Justice

2011, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

The Devil’s Cubs

2012, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

The Eye of the Tiger

2016, Crime & Thriller

End of Innocence Finnish cover

Leena Lehtolainen

The End of Innocence

2017, Crime & Thriller

Below the Surface US cover image

Leena Lehtolainen

Below the Surface

2003, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

The Killer’s Girlfriend

2018, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

The Oathbreaker

2019 Fall, Crime & Thriller

Leena Lehtolainen

Sphere of Distortion

2020 Fall, Crime & Thriller

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