Storytel Finland awarded the best audio books of 2019 in four categories: literary fiction, crime fiction, children & YA fiction and in nonfiction. The jury chose Max Seeck’s FAITHFUL READER (Orig. Uskollinen lukija, Tammi 2019) as the best crime novel of 2019 out of Storytel’s wide selection of Finnish and foreign Crime and Suspense stories.Congratulations Max Seeck!
The plot, characters and description of the police work is written so professionally that it was easy to pick a winner. Faithful Reader is a great example of the genre and has a lot of international potential.
– Storytel Awards Jury
Faithful Reader (aka The Witch Hunter) has been sold to 38 territories now, and the upcoming sequel Evil’s Net to 22 countries! The TV rights have been sold to Stampede Ventures in Hollywood. In the US, Berkley/Penguin Random House will publish The Witch Hunter in November 2020.
MAX SEECK BIBLIOGRAPHY
Evil’s Net – Jessica Niemi series #2 (September 2020, Tammi)
Six months have passed since Jessica’s encounter with the mysterious and serial-killing coven of cult members, and her team has a new assignment. Two Instagram influencers have gone missing, and a dead woman is found on the beach dressed up in manga outfit – an outfit that was featured on the missing blogger’s Instagram.
Faithful Reader – Jessica Niemi series #1 (2019, Tammi)
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.
Call of Hades – Daniel Kuisma series #3 (2018, Tammi)
Final installment of the trilogy begins with four executed men found in a Zagreb apartment. The place is owned by the U.K. government, but no one seems to know anything about the case. When Daniel Kuisma receives an unexpected guest from Southern Europe he hears something that makes him board the next plane to Zagreb: the lives of thousands of people might be at risk. Meanwhile Annika Lehto is recovering from an assault, but offers him all the help she can from her sickbed.
Mephisto’s Touch – Daniel Kuisma series #2 (2017, Tammi)
Missing-presumed-dead Finnish diplomat, Jare Westerlund has fled from Croatia on a forged passport, leaving behind a decapitated body and his trail goes cold at Stockholm airport.
When Interpol officer Annika Lehto hears of his escape, she abandons her sick leave to go off in pursuit, with the aid of special forces specialist Daniel Kuisma. What follows is a dramatic chain of events, from northern Norway, to San Francisco, to The Hague, as the pair continue the chase.
The Angels of Hammurabi – Daniel Kuisma series #1 (2016 Tammi)
An employee of the Finnish Embassy in Zagreb goes missing, and Daniel Kuisma from the Finnish Defence Forces is sent to investigate, along with Annika Lehto from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The investigation gets unexpectedly complicated when the mysteries of the past start to unravel on the stony shores of the Adriatic Sea. It all seems to boil down to a group called The Angels of Hammurabi. Who are they – and who is killing them off, one by one?