PIPER acquired German rights for Elina Backman’s BEFORE THE POLAR NIGHT FALLS!

We are excited to tell you that Piper have acquired the German rights to BEFORE THE POLAR NIGHT FALLS by Elina Backman. Piper had previously already acquired the rights for the first two books in the Saana Havas crime series, and have now decided to buy the 3rd book as well – before the German edition of book 2 hits the market (scheduled for summer 2023)! The deal was closed by Anna Kappauf at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

The Saana Havas series is a success in Finland and internationally, with rights sold in 17 territories and 90,000 copies sold in Finland, making her Finland’s no. 4 bestselling fiction author! An international TV-series is in development by Aurora Studios! Her books have been nominated twice for the Best Translated Crime Novel by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy, and for the Best Crime Novel of the Year 2022 by the Finnish Crime Writers’ Society.

The eagerly awaited fourth book in the series will be published in Finland in spring 2024.

The rights for the series are still available in USA, UK, Spain, Iceland, Thailand, Israel, Japan, Taiwan

Download the materials for the Saana Havas series here!



Ennen kuin tulee pimeää, Otava (orig.), September 2022, 380 pp.

Reading materials for Saana Havas series:
book 1: 200pp English sample + synopsis, German and Italian editions
book 2: 100pp English sample + synopsis
book 3: 50pp English sample + synopsis
book 4: short English synosis

Rights sold in Saana Havas series:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: Gyldendal
FRANCE/ World French: HarperCollins France
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


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 1955. 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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