Aschehoug pre-empts Norwegian rights of Max Seeck’s FAITHFUL READER in a two-book-deal!

Max Seeck is conquering the world at a fast pace! We are very excited to announce more sales for FAITHFUL READER: In two weeks the book has sold to 7 territories!

In Norway, Aschehoug – the original publisher of Jo Nesbø –  acquired rights to FAITHFUL READER and its sequel, both standalone murder mysteries with detective Jessica Niemi as the main protagonist. This is the first two-book-deal for Max Seeck!

In Italy, the auction for the Italian rights of the thriller continues!


Praise from the Norwegian publisher:

”It’s time to look to Finland and Helsinki, and this brilliant first book in the series of Jessica Niemi – a character I am looking forward to follow. Seeck manages to make the well established Nordic Noir feel fresh, he knows what he’s doing, and he’s doing it very well.” 
– Vidar Strøm Fallrø, Development Editor Fiction, Aschehoug, Norway

Aschehoug, the publisher of Jo Nesbø,has a strong list of translated crime with authors such as Jussi Adler-Olsen, Stefan Ahnhem, HjorthRosenfeldt, Anders de la Motte, Pierre Lemaitre, Bernard Minier, and  Elisabeth Norebäck.

In Italy, auction continues for the Italian rights of FAITHFUL READER, and there is tons of new interest and pre-Frankfurt buzz around this next big Nordic Noir title!

Book description:
A book-inspired serial killer is on the loose. Jessica Niemi – a detective with a mysterious past – steps up. A chase for the faithful reader has begun!

Author bio:
Max Seeck devotes his time to writing professionally. An avid reader of Nordic Noir for personal pleasure, he listens to film scores as he writes. His accolades include the Debut Thriller of the Year Award 2019 and Toisinkoinen Literature Prize Nominee. Max Seeck has a background in sales and marketing and loves to promote his works, being fluent in English and German.

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We look forward to hearing from you very soon! FAITHFUL READER is creating buzz also in Hollywood and becoming the big book of the season.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig)
ESTONIA: Pegasus
ITALY: auction ongoing
FRANCE: Michel Lafon
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
NORWAY: Aschehoug (two-book-deal)

Reading material:
Full English pdf

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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