New deals for Max Seeck and Leena Lehtolainen

We have exciting news on our latest crime & thrillers from Finland: first up, Max Seeck’s hot-off-the-press sophomore novel The Mephisto Touch has been acquired by Newton Compton in Italy.

The novel is an explosive standalone follow-up to Seeck’s Best Debut Thriller of the Year winner, The Angels of Hammurabi, taking readers on a manhunt, and in to the deep, dark layers of a psychopath’s mind.

“A brilliant novel, for readers who love adventurous thrillers but who appreciate the psychologically well described characters too,” said Raffaello Avanzini, CEO and publisher of Newton Compton, of the acquisition.

In Germany, Rowohlt will continue to champion Leena Lehtolainen in a deal for her 14th book in the best-selling Maria Kallio series, The End of Innocence. A female detective police procedural, the novel also examines issues of young men’s fragile sexuality and the devastating consequences of abuse.

English sample materials for The Mephisto Touch and The End of Innocence are available – please get in touch with your requests.


The Mephisto Touch by Max Seeck

With this second novel, Max Seeck is well on his way to earning a permanent position in the ranks of Finland’s top crime and thriller writers.” — Anssi Väisänen, Kaleva newspaper, Finland

Fast-paced like a fighter jet, Max Seeck’s The Mephisto Touch is an unputdownable novel. With its short chapters and fluid plot progression to be devoured in one sitting, the book will leave you wanting more of Daniel Kuisma and Annika Lehto after the story has ended.” — Leena Lehtolainen, author, Finland

The End of Innocence by Leena Lehtolainen

“In her characteristic style, Lehtolainen tackles contemporaneous issues in society, allowing Maria [Kallio] plenty of space to contemplate the ethics of her cases, as well as her own approaches. Maria is by no means a robotic character whose only objective is to catch the perpetrator.” – Etelä-Suomen Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“The End of Innocence does not disappoint. The Maria Kallio series still has well-drawn, believable characters and enough spark to keep the reader hooked.” – Chocolate and Sparkles blog, Finland

Publishers of Max Seeck:
ESTONIA, Pegasus
FINLAND, Tammi (Orig. publisher)
GERMANY, Blanvalet
ICELAND, Forlagid
ITALY, Newton Compton

Reading material for The Mephisto Touch:
English sample & synopsis
Finnish edition


Publishers of Leena Lehtolainen:
BRAZIL, Autentica
ESTONIA, Pegasus
FINLAND, Tammi (Orig. publisher)
GERMANY, Rowohlt
GREECE, Livani
HUNGARY, Animus (r)
JAPAN, Tokyo Sogensha
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
POLAND, Rebis (r)
TAIWAN, Linking
TURKEY, Bizin Kitaplar (r)
WORLD ENGLISH, Amazon Crossing

Reading material for The End of Innocence:
English sample & synopsis
Finnish edition