German publishers snap up Max Seeck and Miika Nousiainen

This week we are delighted to announce three new deals for our hotlist titles, The Angels of Hammurabi (Hammurabin Enkelit) by Max Seeck, and Roots (Juurihoito) by Miika Nousiainen.

Seeck’s gripping, contemporary thriller set in Helsinki and Croatia about a missing embassy official and buried secrets from the Yugoslav Wars, went to Blanvalet (Verlagsgruppe Random House), publisher of Robert Galbraith and Paula Hawkins, at auction, agented by Lotta Dufva. 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.”

Meanwhile, Miika Nousiainen’s newly-published fourth novel exploring family with dentistry was successfully pre-empted by Nagel & Kimche, Hanser’s Swiss imprint and publishers of César Aira, Andrea Camilleri and William S. Burroughs

Roots is everything one could hope for: a humorous, whip-smart novel about serious themes of ancestry, identity, accident of birth, otherness and family ties. A touching story with endearing characters. Wholly recommended.” – Dirk Vaihinger, Publisher, Nagel & Kimche, Zürich

Lithuanian rights to Roots sold to Alma Littera, the Baltic state’s major trade publisher of Doerr, Franzen, Garcia Marquez and Rowling, earlier in the week. Editor Ingrida Dubauskienė was full of praise for the novel: “Miika Nousiainen‘s book is full of wit and wisdom and unexpected parallels between dentistry and family. It is a deeply touching story that is guaranteed to make you feel good.”


The Angels of Hammurabi (Hammurabin Enkelit)
Rights sold:
FINLAND, Tammi (Original publisher)
GERMANY, Blanvalet

Reading material:
Full English manuscript
Finnish edition
Click to request reading material


Roots (Juurihoito)
Rights sold:
FINLAND, Otava (Original publisher)
GERMANY, Nagel & Kimche
ITALY, Iperborea
LITHUANIA, Alma Littera
SWEDEN, Brombergs

Reading material:
English sample & synopsis (coming soon)
Finnish edition
Click to request reading material

About author

Max Seeck, New York Times Best Selling Author

Max Seeck - New York Times Bestselling Author of THE WITCH HUNTER.

Winner of the prestigious Glass Key Award 2023 for his novel THE LAST GRUDGE.

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers,” announced Iltalehti newspaper, when Max’s debut novel was published in 2016. Four books later, Max Seeck’s novels have been sold to more than 40 countries, including US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Nordic countries and as far as Korea!

His debut trilogy following protagonist Daniel Kuisma sold over 40,000 copies in Finland. His Jessica Niemi series landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list! 2024 will see the release of his independent novel MILO, which is already creating buzz internationally with several rights pre-empts ahead of the Finnish publication!

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.

About author

Miika Nousiainen

Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He works as a journalist and writes also for television.