Karo Hämäläinen

Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

“The Bonfire of the Vanities for the new millennium, flavored with a … thriller plot.”
Tommi Aitio, Kauppalehti Optio (on The Buyout)

“The atmosphere is like on the savannah, where scavengers lie in wait for their prey and each other (…)”
– Helsingin Sanomat (on The Buyout)

“The diners’ repartee and flashbacks revealing their relationships call to mind Herman Koch’s The Dinner…Hämäläinen’s novel takes things to a completely different level, however – the reader follows the events safely through a wall of Plexiglas, holding back laughter but absolutely absorbed.
Helsingin sanomat newspaper, Finland (on Cruel is the Night)

“We’re thrilled to be publishing Cruel Is the Night, both because of its delightful premise and execution and also because we are excited to work with this dynamic, versatile author. A literary homage to the locked-room mystery, Cruel Is the Night is exactly the blend of genre class and literary elegance we look for at Soho Crime. We are also thrilled to finally have a Finnish work on our list—it will be a happy addition to our growing list of literary translations!”
Juliet Grames, Associate Publisher, Soho Press (on Cruel is the Night)


Karo Hämäläinen


2015, Literary

Karo Hämäläinen

Cruel is the Night

2013, Crime & Thriller

Karo Hämäläinen

The Bailout

2012, Literary

Karo Hämäläinen

The Buyout

2011, Literary

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