World English rights to Cruel is the Night by Karo Hämäläinen sold to Soho Press

Hamalainen_World EnglishWe are thrilled to announce that Soho Press has acquired World English rights to Karo Hämäläinen’s Cruel is the Night (WSOY 2013), a devilish thriller of four players that merges Agatha Christie with Quentin Tarantino. Rights were previously sold in Italy to Newton Compton.

“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

Manhattan-based Soho Press is known for introducing and nurturing bold new literary voices and award-winning crime fiction from around the world. Among other authors on the Soho Crime imprint are Cara Black, award-winning Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura and Get Carter author Ted Lewis.

In Cruel is the Night, ruthless journalist Mikko is on his way to London to visit his old friend Robert, who has become fabulously wealthy and married the gorgeous Elise. Unbeknownst to his wife Veera, Mikko is planning on murdering Robert. On the evening’s menu are bones to pick, hidden motives, skeletons in the closet, a champagne sword, a cyanide capsule, a pinch of poison and a loaf of bread that’s not for just anyone’s consumption.

“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

About the author:

Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. His first thriller The Buyout (2011) was an immediate critical success. Hämäläinen also works as a journalist, literary critic and managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication.

Original publisher:
ITALY, Newton Compton
Original publisher: FINLAND, WSOY
SPAIN, Ediciones B

Reading materials
English sample
German sample
Russian sample
Finnish edition
Italian edition


About author

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.


2015, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

2013, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

Cruel is the Night

Karo Hämäläinen

2012, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

The Bailout

Karo Hämäläinen

2011, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

The Buyout

Karo Hämäläinen