Yesterday saw the Finnish publication of the autumn’s hotly-anticipated thriller by debut novelist, Max Seeck at a launch party in Helsinki. Published by Tammi in an exceptionally large first printing, Seeck’s atmospheric and tightly-plotted international thriller set in Finland and Croatia shows great promise for a new voice in Nordic Noir, both at home and in foreign territories.
In a pre-publication review notable literary blogger Lukutoukka said, “It’s wonderful that we have these kind of thriller authors such as Max Seeck coming out of Finland. The Angels of Hammurabi is Seeck’s debut novel and he’s going all-out. [ . . . ] I could have easily believed it to have been written by any one of the international superstar crime authors. I hope that Seeck’s book will travel around the world; I would be glad to see this kind of Finnish title showcased abroad.”
Hannu Harju, Tammi’s publishing director, described his initial reaction on first reading Max’s raw manuscript thus: “Sometimes, though very rarely, you get that feeling of astonishment and disbelief: this is too good to be true, this has to be a skillful modification of something already published.”
Sales and marketing executive Seeck is currently at work on a second novel, which sees the return of some of the characters from The Angels of Hammurabi.
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
English sample & synopsis