Czech rights to Max Seeck’s The Faithful Reader sold in a pre-empt

The Faithful Reader by Max Seeck was our most requested thriller at the London Book Fair. We are thrilled to announce, that we have closed the first foreign sales for this title, as Grada acquired the Czech rights in a pre-empt. The Faithful Reader (orig. Uskollinen lukija) will be published in Finland in August 2019 by Tammi.

Strong female detective chases a serial killer, whose murders follow a pattern taken from a bestselling novel!

“It was at the London book fair when I heard about the Faithful Reader for the first time. The perfect mix of Scandinavian thrill, frosty Helsinki and the novelty of the plot line caught me so much I could not get it out of my head. From the first moment I started with the English sample I could not stop reading it. There is simply everything a riveting thriller should have!”
– Marie Hajdová, Editor, Grada

Grada will publish the book under their imprint Cosmopolis, which is known for crime authors like Lisa Jewell and Yrsa Sigurdardottir.

About the book:
This spring the coolest Nordic Noir comes from Finland! The Faithful Reader is a psychological thriller from a bestselling author, where a strong female detective chases a serial killer.
Detective Jessica Niemi is called to investigate a murder case that is out of ordinary. The wife of a famous writer, Roger Koponen, seems to have been killed in a bizarre ritual. As more ritual murders occur, it becomes obvious that Jessica is after a serial killer. But the murders are not random – they follow a pattern taken from Roger’s bestselling trilogy.

About the author:
Max Seeck is a bestselling author, whose earlier Daniel Kuisma Trilogy has sold over 40,000 copies in Finland. The trilogy has been sold to Germany, Italy, Iceland and Estonia.

FINLAND, Tammi, August 2019 (orig.)

Max Seeck, New York Times Best Selling Author

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

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers,” announced Iltalehti newspaper, when Max’s debut novel was published in 2016. Four years and 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 new Jessica Niemi series landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list! In Faithful Reader, AKA The Witch Hunter (US title), book 1 of the Jessica Niemi series, Helsinki Police Detective Jessica Niemi hunts an occultist serial killer. In Evil’s Net, AKA Ice Coven, Jessica and her team follow clues hidden on Instagram to solve the disappearance of a young influencer and a manga artist.

Max Seeck is currently finalizing the third book of the Jessica Niemi series, which is to be published in Finland in September 2021.

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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