Leena Lehtolainen’s Upwind and other Finnish thrillers published around the world

FinnishthrillersJun30We are delighted to report that Tokyo Sogensha has published Leena Lehtolainen’s Upwind (Tuulen puolella, Tammi 1998), the sixth book in her iconic Maria Kallio mystery series. The novel hit Japanese bookstores in late May. Tokyo Sogensha has previously published two other Maria Kallio books, Snow Woman (Luminainen, Tammi 1996) and Death Spiral (Kuolemanspiraali, Tammi 1997) to critical praise in Japan; major weekly magazine Sunday Mainichi called Snow Woman “a rich, rewarding book.”

This summer will also see the debut of several other outstanding Finnish thrillers worldwide. Karo Hämäläinen’s Cruel is the Night (Ilta on julma, WSOY 2013), a sharp and morbidly humorous tale of a dinner party that transitions from Agatha Christie-esque to pure Quentin Tarantino, will be published in Italy by Newton Compton in July.

This week Literackie in Poland will publish Laura (Tammi 2013), the first entry in J.K. Johansson’s Palokaski Trilogy. Centering on the disappearance of three young girls in an ordinary suburb, “the Finnish Twin Peaks” will also be available as an e-book. See a full Polish-language book trailer here. In the Netherlands, Laura was published in paperback and e-book by The House of Books in mid-June.

RIGHTS SOLD: THE MARIA KALLIO SERIES
WORLD ENGLISH, Amazon
BRAZIL, Autentica
DENMARK, Bazar
FRANCE, Gaia
GERMANY, Rowohlt
GREECE, Livani
HUNGARY, Animus
ISRAEL, Penn
JAPAN, Tokyo Sogensha
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
NORWAY, Bazar
POLAND, Rebis
RUSSIA, Ast
SPAIN, Destino
SWEDEN, Bazar
TAIWAN, Linking
TURKEY, Bizim Kitaplar
TV RIGHTS, Studio Hamburg
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi

RIGHTS SOLD: CRUEL IS THE NIGHT
ITALY, Newton Compton
Original publisher: FINLAND, WSOY

RIGHTS SOLD: THE PALOKASKI TRILOGY
BELGIUM, The House of Books
GERMANY, Suhrkamp
GREECE, Kedros
NETHERLANDS, The House of Books
POLAND, Literackie
Film & TV Rights, Eyeworks/Warner Bros.
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi

For reading materials contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

About author


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.

Lehtolainen created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, a new Maria Kallio TV reboot series was launched in Fall 2021 on C More. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

And just like the events in Bodyguard, a that takes 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 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.

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is her first title for YA audiences.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio.

Bibliography


2022, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Crossing of the Green Dragon

Leena Lehtolainen


2021, Crime & Suspense

The Lynx Factor

Leena Lehtolainen


2020, Crime & Suspense

The Ripple Effect

Leena Lehtolainen


2019, Crime & Suspense

Oathbreaker

Leena Lehtolainen


2018, Crime & Suspense

The Killer's Girlfriend

Leena Lehtolainen


2017, Crime & Suspense

The End of Innocence

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Charm of Ice

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, Crime & Suspense

The Eye of the Tiger

Leena Lehtolainen


2015, Crime & Suspense

A Stroke of Sadness

Leena Lehtolainen


2013, Crime & Suspense

The Iron Triangle

Leena Lehtolainen


2012, Crime & Suspense

The Devil's Cubs

Leena Lehtolainen


2011, Crime & Suspense

The Lion of Justice

Leena Lehtolainen


2010, Crime & Suspense

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

Leena Lehtolainen


2009, Crime & Suspense

The Bodyguard

Leena Lehtolainen


2008, Crime & Suspense

Derailed

Leena Lehtolainen


2005, Crime & Suspense

The Nightingale Murder

Leena Lehtolainen


2003, Crime & Suspense

Below the Surface

Leena Lehtolainen


2000, Crime & Suspense

Before I Go

Leena Lehtolainen


1998, Crime & Suspense

Fatal Headwind

Leena Lehtolainen


1997, Crime & Suspense

Death Spiral

Leena Lehtolainen


1996, Crime & Suspense

Snow Woman

Leena Lehtolainen


1995, Crime & Suspense

Copper Heart

Leena Lehtolainen


1994, Crime & Suspense

Her Enemy

Leena Lehtolainen


1993, Crime & Suspense

My First Murder

Leena Lehtolainen