The Angels of Hammurabi wins the Debut Thriller of the Year Award 2017

Max Seeck has received The Finnish Whodunit Society’s debut thriller of the year prize for his novel, The Angels of Hammurabi(Tammi, 2016). The tightly-plotted thriller has been a success among readers and critics; translation rights have been sold to Blanvalet in Germany and to Pegasus in Estonia to date. Of the award, the prize jury stated:

The Angels of Hammurabi has received exceptional attention – and deservedly so. The book’s setting, during the Yugoslav conflicts, is original and lends to the book’s potential. As a debut, The Angels of Hammurabi is also exceptionally refined: evenly-developing suspense, skillfully plotted, and with twists up to the last page.

Max Seeck’s debut novel distinguishes itself nicely from the standard formula of other contemporary thrillers by what it is not. There is no Russian threat to Finland, nor is the plot only an all-out action film type that blasts to the last-minute salvations of its characters; the mystery of the missing Finnish embassy official in Croatia is unravelled gradually, almost till it tingles. And the characters are interestingly-drawn.

Max Seeck’s career as a thriller writer has got off to a very promising start.”

Click here to request the full English translation of the novel!

Max Seeck works in sales and marketing during the day and writes thrillers by night. His interests include well-conducted research, reading Nordic Noir and listening to movie soundtracks while writing. His second novel will be announced in February, for publication in 2017/2018.

Rights sold:
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
GERMANY, Blanvalet
ESTONIA, Pegasus

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 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.


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