BEFORE THE POLAR NIGHT FALLS by Elina Backman sold to Sweden!

We are happy to announce that Swedish publisher Bokfabriken bought the Swedish rights to Elina Backman’s BEFORE THE POLAR NIGHT FALLS (book 3 in the Saana Havas crime series). The deal was closed by Anna Kappauf at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

BEFORE THE POLAR NIGHT FALLS has been nominated for the Finnish Crime Writers’ Society’s Clue of the Year Award for best crime novel published in 2022! And the second book in the Saana Havas series, STILL WATERS RUN DEEP, has been listed as nr. 7 of the 30 best crime novels of 2022 by the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. Elina Backman is now Finland’s no. 4 bestselling fiction author (all formats). Over 60 000 copies of Elina’s books have been sold in Finland, rights have been sold for 16 territories, and an international TV-series based on Elina Backman’s books is in development by Aurora Studios

Congratulations to Elina Backman!

Download the materials for BEFORE THE POLAR NIGHT FALLS here!

Orig. publication: Ennen kuin tulee pimeää (Before the Polar Night Falls), Otava, September 2022, 416pp.

Rights sold Elina Backman Saana Havas series:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: Gyldendal
GERMANY: Piper Verlag
ITALY: Newton Compton
NETHERLANDS: De Bezige Bij/Cargo
NORWAY: Cappelen Damm
POLAND: Czarna Owca
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
RUSSIA: Mann, Ivanov, Ferber
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken
FILM & TV RIGHTS: Aurora Studios

Reading materials: Finnish edition, English sample, synopsis and series presentation


About author

Elina Backman

Elina Backman is an author and a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki. Elina loves books (all sorts), traveling, cycling and is a host of a Book & Wine Club. She is a creative soul with a commercial mind, and her goal is to find readers globally.

Her debut novel All the King's Men was published in 2020 and immediately gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish media, including a praising review by the biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. The Havas series is now a best-selling series in Finland and an international TV series is in development. Elina's books have sold over 100 000 copies in Finland.

Together with Heidi Holmavuo, Elina has also narrated the true crime podcast Ratkaisematon (Unsolved), which turned into a full-length audio book as the two crime writers started investigating the murder of a young girl in 1967. They were able to uncover new evidence and their research led the police to reopen the investigation. This story is narrated in the book Unsolved - The Case of Elli Immo.


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