Faithful Reader

Reading material

Full English manuscript
English synopsis

Original title: Uskollinen lukija

Published: 2019 August

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Crime & Thriller

Pages: 400

The coolest Nordic Noir comes from Finland! 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. Has a fan gone mad, or is this case more personal? How can Jessica stop a criminal who knows every detail of the book even better than the author?


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
ESTONIA: Pegasus
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe

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

What a creepy and well-written thriller! Max Seeck definitely knows how to create tension. I couldn‘t help but rushing through the pages once I started reading this amazing novel – with a very fascinating detective Jessica Niemi and her team. And I loved the setting: Finland in wintertime! It backs up the scary atmosphere in a perfect way. Let’s say it in short: THE FAITHFUL READER is a stirring read!
Claudia Müller, Editorial Director Fiction, Bastei Lübbe AG

 

”Super exciting and gripping plot! – – Compared to all international and domestic thrillers ’The Faithful Reader’ is one of the best ones!”
– Kirsin book club blog

 

”The story folded out rapidly and swiped me up instantly. The investigation part was not slow-paced like they usually are but filled with surprises and game change moments. I loved it! It was like someone took you off your sofa and added in the middle of the crime scene investigation.”
– Heini’s books blog

 

”The Faithful Reader has an interesting twist. Seeck switches from high-octane international excitement to a psychological décor featuring horror novel features. The ritual murders of books by successful author Roger Koponen take place in real life, and the police are puzzled as to whether Koponen himself is murdered or the murderer.”
– Kansan Uutiset newspaper

 

Editorial praise:

”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 honoured 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

”What a creepy and well written thriller! Max Seeck definitely knows how to create tension. I couldn‘t help but rushing through the pages once I started reading this amazing novel – with a very fascinating detective Jessica Niemi and her team. And I loved the setting: Finland in wintertime! It backs up the scary atmosphere in a perfect way. Let’s say it in short: THE FAITHFUL READER is a stirring read!”
– 
Claudia Müller, Editorial Director Fiction, Bastei Lübbe AG

”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

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.

Bibliography


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

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