Russian rights sold for the bestselling Nordic Noir CARGO and SWING!

We are really happy to announce that both CARGO and SWING  by Nordic Noir supercouple A.M. Ollikainen have been now been acquired by Gorodets in Russia!

The series now has 15 publishers around the world, but rights are still available in the United States, United Kingdom, Romania, Albania, France, Korea, Iceland, Bulgaria, Italy etc.

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See below the cinematic video of the authors explaining their creative process and beckground on this very successful Paula Pihlaja series.

A.M. Ollikainen “I’m not very fond of cruel crime fiction”


“Finland is the new Mecca of crime fiction. Do you need proof? Just read the first novel by A.M. Ollikainen. I couldn’t imagine a better start for a series. CARGO is outstanding.”

This is what the publishing director of German Bastei Lübbe – Marco Schneiders –  said about CARGO and its authors Aki and Milla Ollikainen.

by A.M. Ollikainen

#1 Paula Pihlaja series

The first installment in a fast-paced and addictive series.

A cargo container is found in Helsinki with a dead body inside.The property where the container is discovered, belongs to one of the most notorious businessmen in Finland. As Police Commissioner Paula Pihlaja begins to investigate the case, traces lead back to the businessman’s family, revealing decades of suspicious business ventures in Namibia.

Meanwhile, Paula’s own personal life is shaken by old memories that are now surfacing following recent events.When she was younger, she had to give her baby up for adoption. The boy, her son, is now in his twenties and facing a murder charge. Not only is Paula tormented by her own guilt about the adoption, she is also worried about what will become of her son.

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by A.M. Ollikainen

#2 Paula Pihlaja seriesA famous mountain climber is found hanging above a seesaw in a playground. The other end of the seesaw bears a sandbag that has spilled its contents.

Paula Pihlaja has barely had time to start the investigation when another body turns up – at another playground, hanging above a seesaw in the same way. A serial killer is on the loose, but his or her victims seem to have nothing in common.

In the first novel of the series, Paula develops strange symptoms. In this second instalment of the series, Paula is forced to hide her escalating symptoms from her colleagues, trying to avoid police fitness tests. At the same time, she continues investigating the life of her son, whom she gave up for adoption when he was a baby, in order to understand why he ended up a criminal, and eventually in prison for manslaughter. The drama intensifies when Paula finally shares her secret with her son about the slowly advancing ALS.

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CARGO (Paula Pihlaja #1)
Otava, 2021
by A.M. Ollikainen

SWING (Paula Pihlaja #2)
Otava, 2023
by A.M. Ollikainen

Rights sold for the series:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

DENMARK: Svane & Bilgrav
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
NETHERLANDS: HarperCollins Holland
NORWAY: Aschehoug
POLAND: Czarna Owca
RUSSIA: Gorodets
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken

About author

A.M. Ollikainen

A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen. Aki Ollikainen has published three novels and won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2012. He has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Prix Femina in 2016. Milla Ollikainen has published three crime novels and won Like Publishing and the Finnish Detective Society’s Crime novel writing competition in 2012. Cargo is their first novel together and the Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition. 


2022, Crime & Suspense


A. M. Ollikainen

2021, Crime & Suspense


A. M. Ollikainen