Publication day for thriller The Angels of Hammurabi by Max Seeck

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.

Click here to request an English sample of The Angels of Hammurabi.

Rights sold:
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi

Reading material:
English sample & synopsis
Finnish edition

Max Seeck

Author photo Max Seeck b&w

Max Seeck, the most anticipated newcomer of the literary season, has received great reviews for his debut thriller The Angels of Hammurabi.

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers. The opening pages of Max Seeck’s hot-off-the-press debut, The Angels of Hammurabi, are chilling and the flowing text hooks the reader swiftly,” stated Iltalehti newspaper, and Helsingin Sanomat newspaper called it a promising debut: ”Seeck’s next novel will be worth the wait.”

The German rights to The Angels of Hammurabi were recently sold at auction to Blanvalet. Quoting Beatrice Lampe, editor at Blanvalet, “Max Seeck’s action thriller develops at a breakneck speed – as mesmerizing to read as it would be to watch from a cinema seat.”

See also the UK-based Euro But Not Trash blog’s book review and Q&A with Max here.

Max Seeck has a background in sales and marketing, and has lately been able to dedicate his time to his lifelong love of writing. His interests include well-conducted research, reading Nordic Noir and listening to movie soundtracks as he writes.


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