Max Seeck’s FAITHFUL READER sold to the UK, Russia and Israel!

The hottest book of the Frankfurt Book Fair,  Max Seeck’s FAITHFUL READER, has now been sold to the UK, Russia, and Israel!

UK rights were acquired by Jon Elek at Welbeck Publishing in a two-book deal, at auction. The deal was brokered by Rhea Lyons at Hannigan Getzler Literary on behalf of Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

This week, FAITHFUL READER was also acquired by Tchelet Books in Israel and pre-empted by AST in RussiaThe US rights were sold a week ago to Berkley, Penguin Random House, in a two-book deal. Berkley will publish Max’s thriller in Fall 2020 as THE WITCH HUNTER!

Congratulations, Max!  FAITHFUL READER will be now published in 27 territories and counting!

Join the success story of FAITHFUL READER and click here to request the full English manuscript.

Praise from the UK Publisher:

”We are delighted to have acquired Max’s exceptional thriller and look forward to bringing the novel to a wide readership in our markets. He writes with knowingness and precision about human nature and is a storyteller of the highest order. Max is a flagship writer for the list, and we hope for a long and rewarding partnership between us.” 
– Jon Elek, Group Publisher, Fiction, Welbeck Publishing UK.

Praise from the Hebrew Publisher:

”FAITHFUL READER is a smart and gripping thriller that I just couldn’t put down. A tour de force of brilliant insights on the dark and twisty side of human nature with a shocking ending.”
– Ronnie Beck, Rights Manager, Tchelet Books, Israel

Praise from the US Publisher:

“When I was reading THE WITCH HUNTER (a.k.a. Faithful Reader), I was thoroughly transported by the ice-cold Scandinavian setting and all the incredibly creepy twists and turns.  Max Seeck deftly weaves a police procedural with fascinating occult elements and fully realized, compelling characters. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”
– Michelle Vega, Senior Editor, Berkley, An imprint of Penguin Random House, USA

Praise from the German Publisher:

”I read Max Seeck’s FAITHFUL READER in a day – and a night. I was blown away immediately. And who needs sleep anyway when you have the privilege to read a manuscript like this? FAITHFUL READER is more than very, very good. It has a quality, tension and a level of suspense which are just exceptional. In every chapter, I was convinced that Max did not just want to tell a dramatic story. I was certain that he had a vision. A vision to add something extraordinary to the world of thrillers and crime fiction, something that I have not seen in a suspense novel for many, many years. Bastei Lübbe is proud and honored to share Max‘ vision as his German publisher. And I wish I could read this story for the first time again.”
– Marco Schneiders, Publishing Director, Bastei Lübbe AG, Cologne, Germany

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
BULGARIA: EMAS (2-book-deal)
CANADA: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book-deal)
ESTONIA: Pegasus
ISRAEL: Tchelet Books
ITALY: Piemme/Mondadori
FRANCE: Michel Lafon
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe (2-book-deal)
GREECE: Livani (2-book-deal)
HUNGARY: Animus (2-book-deal)
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
NETHERLANDS: A.W. Bruna (2-book-deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug (2-book-deal)
POLAND: Sonia Draga (2-book-deal)
ROMANIA: Litera (2-book-deal)
SERBIA: Vulkan (2-book-deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta (2-book-deal)
SPAIN: Editorial Maeva/Maeva Noir
TURKEY: Doğan Kitap
UNITED KINGDOM: Welbeck Publishing UK (2-book deal)
UNITED STATES: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book-deal)

Max Seeck

Author photo Max Seeck b&w

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers,” stated Iltalehti newspaper, when Max’s debut novel was published in 2016. Four years and four books later Max Seeck’s novels have been sold to more than 40 countries, including US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Nordic countries and as far as Korea!

His debut trilogy following protagonist Daniel Kuisma sold over 40,000 copies in Finland, and his new Jessica Niemi series is conquering the world! In Faithful Reader detective Jessica Niemi from Helsinki police forces finds herself hunting an occultist serial killer. In Evil’s Net (to be published in September 2020) Jessika and her team follow clues hidden on Instagram to solve a disappearance of a young influencer and a manga artist.

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 a.k.a. The Witch Hunter

2019 August, Crime & Thriller

Max Seeck

Evil’s Net

2020 Fall, Crime & Thriller

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