Leena Lehtolainen’s third Bodyguard makes a splash in Germany

Lehtolainen_saksa_140203The third entry in bestselling crime author Leena Lehtolainen’s Bodyguard trilogy, The Devil’s Cubs (Paholaisen pennut, Tammi 2012) has been published in Germany by Rowohlt to positive media buzz. The book’s German title is Das Nest des Teufels.

Lehtolainen gave two interviews to NDR radio station during the last week of January, sharing the origin of the Bodyguard trilogy (in the 1980s she had spotted then-President Mauno Koivisto with his bodyguard in Helsinki) and how working on the story affected her (she says she became slightly paranoid of her surroundings). Listen to the German-language audio interview with Lehtolainen here.

“The Devil’s Cub is another proof of the author Leena Lehtolainen’s talents of telling a crime story,” wrote Hallo-Buch.de, an online literary publication.

The Bodyguard Trilogy tells the story of New York-trained bodyguard Hilja Ilveskero, a lean and muscular Nordic goddess in the vein of Lisbeth Salander. Rights to the series have been sold in ten territories.

Lehtolainen is Finland’s best-known and most successful female crime author, and altogether her works have been translated into 29 languages. The latest entry in her 12-part Maria Kallio series, The Iron Triangle (Tammi 2013), will be published in Germany by Rowohlt in September of 2014. Rowohlt has been the German publisher for all Maria Kallio and Bodyguard novels.

ARMENIA, Guitank
FRANCE, Hachette Livre
GERMANY, Rowohlt
NETHERLANDS, Unieboek | Het Spectrum
RUSSIA, Azbooka-Atticus
SPAIN, Destino
TAIWAN, Linking
TURKEY, Nemesis
FILM RIGHTS, Solar Films Inc.
Original publisher: Finland, Tammi

Reading materials for the Bodyguard Trilogy:
Finnish editions
Dutch edition of book 1
English samples of books 1-2
German edition of Book 1-3
French edition of Book 1

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

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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