Leena Lehtolainen’s 12th Maria Kallio novel The Iron Triangle published today!

rautakolmio_uutinenRowohltLeena Lehtolainen is the bestselling female crime author in Finland. Her new titles head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists. Lehtolainen’s books have been sold over two million copies worldwide, and rights have been sold in 29 languages. 

We are thrilled to announce that The Iron Triangle (Rautakolmio), book 12 in the internationally bestselling Maria Kallio series, is published in Finland today on 8th of August by Tammi Publishers. German rights to The Iron Triangle have been sold to Rowohlt for publication in September 2014: Read more here: ahlbackagency.com

The Iron Triangle is an intense drama set in the Finnish archipelago. Maria Kallio’s Special Crimes Unit is assigned to solve the mystery of two corpses wrapped in plastic, found on the shore of tiny Brändö Island. As she investigates, alarming things float to the surface from Maria’s past. A serious assault in the family of the hockey player further complicates the situation. Who will make it home alive?

“Leena Lehtolainen has a winner with her debut thriller (My First Murder, Book 1 in Maria Kallio series). Detective Maria Kallio deserves a place alongside literature’s best tough but vulnerable detectives.“- Mystery Scene Magazine, US

Recently in the US, Amazon Crossing has published My First Murder and Her Enemy. Book 3 Copperheart will be published in November 2013.

In Brazil, Grupo Autêntica  will publish Meu primeiro assassinato in August 2013: read more from Brazilian media: http://www1.folha.uol.com.br

RIGHTS SOLD: Maria Kallio series

WORLD ENGLISH, Amazon                                   
BRAZIL, Grupo Autentica         
CZECH, Hejkal                                                           
DENMARK, Bazar                                                    
FINLAND, Tammi                                                    
FRANCE, Gaïa Editions                                           
GERMANY, Rowohlt                                                
GREECE, Livani                                                        
HOLLAND, A W Bruna                                            
HUNGARY, Animus                                                  
ISRAEL ,Penn Publishing           
ITALY, Fanucci                                                           
JAPAN, Tokyo Sogensha                                         
LATVIA, Zvaigzne                                                    
NORWAY, Bazar                                                       
NORWAY, Centrum Norsk                                     
POLAND, Rebis                                                          
ROMANIA, Hardcover&Paperback                         
RUSSIA, Ast                                                                
SPAIN, Ediciones Destino                                      
SWEDEN, Bazar                                                       
SWEDEN, A. Bonnier                                              
TAIWAN, Linking                        
TURKEY, Bizim Kitaplar                                         
TV RIGHTS, Studio Hamburg                                 

*Leena Lehtolainen’s works have also been published in: (rights reverted)

READING MATERIAL: Maria Kallio series
Finnish edition of Book 12
English edition of Books 1-3
English sample of Book 11
German edition of Books 1-11
French edition of Books 1-4

Please contact the Agency for reading materials and rights enquiries in your territory:



Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Leena’s brand new title The Ripple Effect was published in August 2020. It is already the 15th book of the very popular Maria Kallio series that has sold over 2,5 million copies worldwide!

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The 1993 book Ensimmäinen murhani (My First Murder) kicked off Lehtolainen’s first and on-going crime novel series, which has brought an enthusiastically-received female perspective to the male-dominated detective genre through its distinctively down-to-earth heroine Maria Kallio. The Bodyguard Trilogy, meanwhile, stars a New York-trained bodyguard who is fiercely self-sufficient, highly alert to her surroundings, and haunted by horrific violence in her past.

Lehtolainen published her first novel at the age of 12; this work of juvenile fiction appeared in 1976. Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio, the heroine of Lehtolainen’s crime novel series. And just as events in the Bodyguard (trilogy take the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.


Leena Lehtolainen

The Ripple Effect

2020, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen


2019, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Killer's Girlfriend

2018, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The End of Innocence

2017, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Charm of Ice

2016, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

Leena Lehtolainen

The Eye of the tiger

2016, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

A Stroke of Sadness

2015, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Iron Triangle

2013, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Devil's Cubs

2012, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Lion of Justice

2011, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

2010, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Bodyguard

2009, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

On the Wrong Track

2008, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Nightingale Murder

2005, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Below the Surface

2003, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Before I Go

2000, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Fatal Headwind

1998, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Death Spiral

1997, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Snow Woman

1996, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Copper Heart

1995, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Her Enemy

1994, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

My First Murder

1993, Crime & Suspense

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