German publishers snap up Max Seeck and Miika Nousiainen

This week we are delighted to announce three new deals for our hotlist titles, The Angels of Hammurabi (Hammurabin Enkelit) by Max Seeck, and Roots (Juurihoito) by Miika Nousiainen.

Seeck’s gripping, contemporary thriller set in Helsinki and Croatia about a missing embassy official and buried secrets from the Yugoslav Wars, went to Blanvalet (Verlagsgruppe Random House), publisher of Robert Galbraith and Paula Hawkins, at auction, agented by Lotta Dufva. 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.”

Meanwhile, Miika Nousiainen’s newly-published fourth novel exploring family with dentistry was successfully pre-empted by Nagel & Kimche, Hanser’s Swiss imprint and publishers of César Aira, Andrea Camilleri and William S. Burroughs

Roots is everything one could hope for: a humorous, whip-smart novel about serious themes of ancestry, identity, accident of birth, otherness and family ties. A touching story with endearing characters. Wholly recommended.” – Dirk Vaihinger, Publisher, Nagel & Kimche, Zürich

Lithuanian rights to Roots sold to Alma Littera, the Baltic state’s major trade publisher of Doerr, Franzen, Garcia Marquez and Rowling, earlier in the week. Editor Ingrida Dubauskienė was full of praise for the novel: “Miika Nousiainen‘s book is full of wit and wisdom and unexpected parallels between dentistry and family. It is a deeply touching story that is guaranteed to make you feel good.”

 

The Angels of Hammurabi (Hammurabin Enkelit)
Rights sold:
FINLAND, Tammi (Original publisher)
GERMANY, Blanvalet

Reading material:
Full English manuscript
Finnish edition
Click to request reading material

 

Roots (Juurihoito)
Rights sold:
FINLAND, Otava (Original publisher)
GERMANY, Nagel & Kimche
ITALY, Iperborea
LITHUANIA, Alma Littera
NETHERLANDS, Prometheus
SWEDEN, Brombergs

Reading material:
English sample & synopsis (coming soon)
Finnish edition
Click to request reading material

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.

Miika Nousiainen


Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He works as a journalist and writes also for television.