Czech rights to Max Seeck’s The Faithful Reader sold in a pre-empt

The Faithful Reader by Max Seeck was our most requested thriller at the London Book Fair. We are thrilled to announce, that we have closed the first foreign sales for this title, as Grada acquired the Czech rights in a pre-empt. The Faithful Reader (orig. Uskollinen lukija) will be published in Finland in August 2019 by Tammi.

Strong female detective chases a serial killer, whose murders follow a pattern taken from a bestselling novel!

”It was at the London book fair when I heard about the Faithful Reader for the first time. The perfect mix of Scandinavian thrill, frosty Helsinki and the novelty of the plot line caught me so much I could not get it out of my head. From the first moment I started with the English sample I could not stop reading it. There is simply everything a riveting thriller should have!”
– Marie Hajdová, Editor, Grada

Grada will publish the book under their imprint Cosmopolis, which is known for crime authors like Lisa Jewell and Yrsa Sigurdardottir.

About the book:
This spring the coolest Nordic Noir comes from Finland! The Faithful Reader is a psychological thriller from a bestselling author, where a strong female detective chases a serial killer.
Detective Jessica Niemi is called to investigate a murder case that is out of ordinary. The wife of a famous writer, Roger Koponen, seems to have been killed in a bizarre ritual. As more ritual murders occur, it becomes obvious that Jessica is after a serial killer. But the murders are not random – they follow a pattern taken from Roger’s bestselling trilogy.

About the author:
Max Seeck is a bestselling author, whose earlier Daniel Kuisma Trilogy has sold over 40,000 copies in Finland. The trilogy has been sold to Germany, Italy, Iceland and Estonia.

FINLAND, Tammi, August 2019 (orig.)

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.


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

2019 August, Crime & Thriller

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