Books That Have Inspired Me: Max Seeck

We asked our rising star author Max Seeck, author of The Angels of Hammurabi, to give us a flavour of his most memorable reads – titles that have stayed with him and also influenced his writing.

”I try to keep up with the times and read a book a week. I don’t always succeed, but overall I manage to read quite a lot.

Most recently, I’ve read the Finlandia Prize-winning book, Watercolours of Engel’s City by Jukka Viikilä; Marko Lönnqvist’s My Life as a Gangster; Bryan Cranston’s A Life in Parts; and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See.

Here are some of the books that have particularly inspired me:

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy
Crime as a genre really opened up to me in 2008, when I first laid my hands on a copy of the first instalment of the trilogy.

Animal Farm by George Orwell
I read this as a youngster; it left me with enduring questions about the use of power and how status can change the individual. 

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
An exceptional book about basic human needs, and ghosts from the past. 

The Bat by Jo Nesbø
I remember thinking to myself that nobody had written anything like this before. A broken, alcoholic detective with a plot full of surprises and multi-dimensional characters. 

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie 
Perhaps the thriller of all thrillers, which has everything in it: a chilling point-of-departure, every character a suspect, and an entirely unexpected twist at the end.” 

Max Seeck

Author photo Max Seeck b&w

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers,” stated Iltalehti newspaper, when Max’s debut novel was published in 2016. Four years and four books later Max Seeck’s novels have been sold to more than 40 countries, including US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Nordic countries and as far as Korea!

His debut trilogy following protagonist Daniel Kuisma sold over 40,000 copies in Finland, and his new Jessica Niemi series is conquering the world! In Faithful Reader detective Jessica Niemi from Helsinki police forces finds herself hunting an occultist serial killer. In Evil’s Net (to be published in September 2020) Jessika and her team follow clues hidden on Instagram to solve a disappearance of a young influencer and a manga artist.

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.


Max Seeck

The Angels of Hammurabi

2016, Crime & Thriller

Seeck Mephisto Touch FI cover

Max Seeck

The Mephisto Touch

2017, Crime & Thriller

Max Seeck

The Call of Hades

2018, Crime & Thriller

Max Seeck

Faithful Reader a.k.a. The Witch Hunter

2019 August, Crime & Thriller

Max Seeck

Evil’s Net

2020 Fall, Crime & Thriller

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