Animus buys Hungarian rights to Leena Lehtolainen’s crime novel The Killing One!

Lehtolainen_AnimusWe are thrilled to announce that the Hungarian rights to Leena Lehtolainen’s crime novel The Killing One (Tappava säde, Tammi 1999) have been sold to Animus for publication in 2014.

PRAISES: The Killing One

“The social crime novel is alive and well in Finland, not least thanks to Leena Lehtolainen. Lehtolainen’s newest, The Killing One, is among Lehtolainen’s best and places her at the forefront of the genre when considered more broadly as well.”
“Kindred spirits with Karin Fossum and Anne Holt.”
”Themes drawn from the real world.”
Kainuun Sanomat

“Despite the difficult subject, pure reading enjoyment.”
“Hard to put down.”
“Säde Vasara gives up her role of bystander, and death becomes a frequent visitor in the close circles of the battered women. Coincidences? Accidents? … Leena Lehtolainen reserves another complete surprise for the end of the book, with barely a hint earlier in the book.”
Länsi-Savo

“Maria Kallio’s role in The Killing One is intriguing. Specifically, she may be the only person who knows, as the reader does, what the main character’s part is in the homicides depicted in the book. But whether she really knows or not remains a mystery.“
Hämeen Sanomat

Summary
In the opening scenes The Killing One, the main character, Säde Vasara (the last name means ’hammer’), learns that a client at the domestic violence shelter where she works has been murdered by her abusive husband. The women’s shelter in question has a policy of not encouraging women to file police reports, since they consider keeping families together more important than bringing abusers to justice. Säde is called in for a police interview, during which we meet Maria Kallio, the lead investigator in this and the later cases in the novel (and the protagonist in most of the author’s other novels). Säde’s interactions with the police and her own inner monologue surrounding her indirect role in the client’s death hint that she will begin killing abusive husbands.

Reading material:
English sample
Reader’s report

World rights available: Elina.Ahlback@ahlbackagency.com

Author bio: Leena Lehtolainen is the bestselling fermale crime author in Finland. Her new titles head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists. Lehtolainen’s books have been sold over two million copies worldwide, and rights have been sold in 29 languages.  In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 1970s punk to Bach – just like Maria Kallio, the heroine of her crime novel series. And just like events in the Bodyguard Trilogy take the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals and other events across the globe. Read more by clicking here

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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 Ripple Effect will be published in August 2020. It is already the 15th book of the super popular Maria Kallio series that has sold over 2 million copies worldwide!

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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.

 

 

 

Bibliography


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


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

Ripple Effect

2020 Fall, Crime & Thriller

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