Pre-Frankfurt deals and new reviews for our fiction highlights

Frankfurt is around the corner and we’re gearing up for the biggest and the most beautiful book fair of the year. In Frankfurt, we’re happy to showcase the best of Finnish fiction, nonfiction and children’s books. We’ve got a lot of new, exciting titles from our talented authors.

We’re glad to share the news regarding Max Seeck’s gripping thriller The Mephisto Touch. This action-packed standalone sequel to Seeck’s acclaimed debut The Angels of Hammurabi, the winner of the Best Crime Debut prize of 2016, was sold to Seeck’s Icelandic publisher Forlagid.

The Mephisto Touch by Max Seeck is a gripping page-turner right from the start. I was drawn to the action-packed narrative and I think Max has done very well in creating sympathetic characters. This is definitely something for readers of Nordic Noir, but still way more Nordic Cool than Noir.”
– Stella Soffía Jóhannesdóttir, editor, Forlagid, Iceland

Seeck will be visiting Reykjavik in late November for the Iceland Noir festival, but already before that, his German readers can meet him in Berlin at the Nordic Crime Night.

Here’s a round-up of the most recent reviews for our newly-published titles of fiction:

The Call of Hades by Max Seeck
”The evil grows so sneakily – I have never read a Finnish thriller with this kind of suspense! Annika Lehto and Daniel Kuisma are here to stay!” – Kotivinkki magazine
“The best there is in the Finnish thriller field right now.” – Suomen kuvalehti magazine

The City Wall by Mikko-Pekka Heikkinen
”The novel is a wickedly humoristic, but also a serious and topical play of different discourses. The City Wall shows how easily people can be divided under any circumstances, in any country.” – Savon Sanomat newspaper

The Red Marsh by Marko Hautala
”Hautala gets better and better each time, and his latest, The Red Marsh, is brilliant! I got scared after the first sentences.” – Etelä-Saimaa newspaper

Renate’s Story by Johanna Sinisalo
”Sinisalo’s novel is an intelligent, critical study of the society. The many layers of the story are revealed to the reader deliciously slowly.” – Aamulehti newspaper

Get in touch with us to request reading materials by clicking here!

See you in Frankfurt – tables 17L and 18L in LitAg!

Johanna Sinisalo


Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is one of Finland’s most successful and internationally acclaimed authors. Praised by readers and critics alike, she has won several literary prizes, among them the Finlandia Prize in 2000 and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004. Johanna Sinisalo has been nominated for the Prix Escapades 2012, the Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Traveller”) award in 2014 and the Nebula Award in 2008. Her works have been translated into 19 languages.

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.

Mikko-Pekka Heikkinen


Mikko-Pekka Heikkinen was born in the Finnish countryside and lives in Helsinki. He works as a journalist, specializing on culture and nature. He has written 5 books and his work, praised for its humor and social satire, has been published also in English and Czech. Two of his novels have been adapted as screenplays and Reindeer Mafia is being made into a TV series.