New deals for The Angels of Hammurabi by Max Seeck, and The Whispering Girl by Marko Hautala

Fantastic news for Max Seeck and Marko Hautala, whose respective novels sold into Estonia and the Czech Republic last week.

Estonian publisher, Pegasus acquired Seeck’s pacy international thriller, The Angels of Hammurabi, for publication in autumn 2017.

In the Czech Republic, Euromedia, Hautala’s Czech publisher, acquired his latest, psychological thriller, The Whispering Girl. Hautala’s Czech editor, Martina Bekesova was full of praise for the novel:

”Marko Hautala’s creepy psychological thriller gave me the shivers from beginning to the end. A wonderful plot, balancing between reality and paranormal events.”

Congratulations to both authors and their respective publishers!

The Angels of Hammurabi (Hammurabin Enkelit) by Max Seeck
Rights sold:
FINLAND, Tammi (Original publisher)
ESTONIA, Pegasus
GERMANY, Blanvalet

Reading material:
Full English manuscript
Finnish edition
Click to request reading material for The Angels of Hammurabi

The Whispering Girl (Kuiskaava Tyttö) by Marko Hautala
Rights sold:
FINLAND, Tammi (Original publisher)
CZECH REPUBLIC, Euromedia

Reading material:
Sample English translation
Finnish edition
Click to request reading material for The Whispering Girl

Marko Hautala


Marko Hautala’s (b. 1973) unique blend of psychological thriller and realism has attracted readers of all genres, earning him a reputation as the ’Finnish Stephen King’. Skilled at generating spine-tingling fear in his readers, he has been recognised for his literary prowess: his first novel The Self-Illuminated Ones (Itsevalaisevat, 2008) was awarded the Tiiliskivi Prize, and in 2010 Hautala received the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for Young Authors for Shrouds. He was also nominated for the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013 for Seeing Eyes (Unikoira, Tammi 2012). His latest novel, The Whispering Girl was published in autumn 2016 (Tammi).

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.