The Angels of Hammurabi wins the Debut Thriller of the Year Award 2017

Max Seeck has received The Finnish Whodunit Society’s debut thriller of the year prize for his novel, The Angels of Hammurabi(Tammi, 2016). The tightly-plotted thriller has been a success among readers and critics; translation rights have been sold to Blanvalet in Germany and to Pegasus in Estonia to date. Of the award, the prize jury stated:

The Angels of Hammurabi has received exceptional attention – and deservedly so. The book’s setting, during the Yugoslav conflicts, is original and lends to the book’s potential. As a debut, The Angels of Hammurabi is also exceptionally refined: evenly-developing suspense, skillfully plotted, and with twists up to the last page.

Max Seeck’s debut novel distinguishes itself nicely from the standard formula of other contemporary thrillers by what it is not. There is no Russian threat to Finland, nor is the plot only an all-out action film type that blasts to the last-minute salvations of its characters; the mystery of the missing Finnish embassy official in Croatia is unravelled gradually, almost till it tingles. And the characters are interestingly-drawn.

Max Seeck’s career as a thriller writer has got off to a very promising start.”

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Max Seeck works in sales and marketing during the day and writes thrillers by night. His interests include well-conducted research, reading Nordic Noir and listening to movie soundtracks while writing. His second novel will be announced in February, for publication in 2017/2018.

Rights sold:
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
GERMANY, Blanvalet
ESTONIA, Pegasus

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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