November rights & reviews round-up: The Guardian Angel; Siren; and They Know Not What They Do

New deals for The Guardian Angel

We are delighted to announce a Danish acquisition by Hr. Ferdinand of The Guardian Angel, Einar Hansen’s psychological thriller set in 1950s Copenhagen. Danish rights went to Line Miller at Hr. Ferdinand at auction for a 2018 tie-in publication with the feature film of the same name.

“As soon as I heard about The Guardian Angel, I knew that it would be relevant for the Danish market. The hypnosis murders were an infamous case in Denmark, and with the strength of the narrative combined with a star-studded lineup we felt that this was a publication that we just couldn’t miss. All sails are set here at Ferdinand for the spring, when we will publish The Guardian Angel in close collaboration with Scanbox,” said Miller.

Rights previously sold in Italy (Piemme, auction), Serbia (Vulkan) and Finland (WSOY), and we have first offers in Portugal.

The Guardian Angel film will be released internationally in 2018, with nationwide distribution deals closed in Denmark, Finland, Croatia, Poland, India, China, and the Middle East, with further distribution deals to be announced soon.

DTV acquires German rights to Pauliina Susi’s second novel, Siren

Siren (Seireeni), Pauliina Susi’s second novel, a suspenseful standalone thriller set aboard a luxury cruise liner in the Mediterranean, was acquired by Cornelius Traub at DTV for publication in 2018.


They Know Not What They Do by Jussi Valtonen

”Classy and engrossing.”  Daily MailUK

”Smart, slightly futuristic, nicely plotted…” – Mail on Sunday, UK

”A huge, timeless psychological thriller.” – For the Love of Books blog, Finland



”Siren is a skillfully-woven claustrophobic thriller.” – Helsingin Sanomat, Finland


Rights sold:
DENMARK, Hr. Ferdinand
ITALY, Piemme
SERBIA, Vulkan

Reading material:
English synopsis & manuscript

SIREN by Pauliina Susi

Rights sold:

Reading material:
English synopsis

Jussi Valtonen

Jussi Valtonen (b. 1974) is an author and psychologist from Helsinki. He has studied neuropsychology in the United States and screenwriting in the UK, and has also worked as a science reporter. He has written three novels and a short story collection.

Carried by Wings (Siipien kantamat, Tammi 2007) was given second place in Bonnier’s novel competition, and received a warm reception from both critics and bloggers. In 2014 Valtonen was awarded the Finlandia Prize, the country’s highest-profile literary award, for They Know Not What They Do (He eivät tiedä mitä tekevät, Tammi 2014).

Pauliina Susi

Pauliina Susi has worked as a journalist and editor at several well-known Finnish magazines. She has a master’s degree in political science, and is known for her ability to incorporate current themes into her prose. Her debut novel  was nominated for the prestigious Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize and In the Rear Window is the Winner of the Clue of the Year 2016, a recognition of the best crime fiction or detective novel of the year.