Italian deal for Elina Backman BEFORE THE POLAR NIGHT FALLS!

We are excited to announce that Italian publisher Newton Compton Editori have bought the rights to Elina Backman’s “reindeer noir crime” BEFORE THE POLAR NIGHT FALLS (book 3 in the Saana Havas crime series). The Italian deal was closed by Julia Bogen at Ahlback Agency.

Elina Backman’s 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. To top it off, an international TV series based on the novels is in development by Aurora Studios!

Unsurprisingly, her work has garnered rave reviews, comparing her to Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbø, and Agatha Christie, among other brilliant authors.

Elina Backman continues to be an international favorite, but we still have gaps in Greece, Spain, Israel, Iceland…

We invite you to start this atmospheric and deeply layered series from Book 1: All the King’s Men by downloading materials here!

Before the Polar Night Falls

Elina Backman

The past and the present intertwine in this arresting novel with unforgettable characters – Book 3 in internationally bestselling and award-winning crime series by Elina Backman, sold to 17 territories!

A woman working for a law firm approaches Saana Havas to help with the mystery of her sister’s death. Her sister was found dead in a swamp near the Angeli village in Northern Lapland in 1998, and the murderer has never been caught. The police have given up on the case, no witnesses were ever found in the area of Lapland that covers hundreds of kilometers.

Saana promises to help her and receives all the material the client has collected. Part of this is a manuscript the woman wrote when investigating the case herself years ago. Saana travels to the North and investigates as the winter and polar night keeps creeping closer.

Though part of the Saana Havas series, it’s not necessary to have read the previous installments in the series.

Still Waters Run Deep

Elina Backman

Is evil lurking beneath the calm waters? Still Waters Run Deep is an awaited sequel to the bestselling All the Kings Men!

Three young men are making a documentary film about a mystical hermit, living in the Isle of Sheep in Helsinki. First, one of them disappears, then another one. When one of them is found dead in the nearby nature reserve, the police becmes involved.

Saana Havas, recovering from burnout, hears that her colleague’s younger brother has gone missing and decides to set up a true crime podcast to help with the search. Meanwhile, police commissioner Jan Leino and his team are investigating the disappearance and possible murder of the documentary makers.

When young men disappear and die, it’s ofter regarded just an accident. But could it be that someone is actually hunting for them?

All the King’s Men

Elina Backman

Beginning of a new detective series – already an international hit! A fresh new voice in Scandinavian crime in the vein of Jø Nesbo, Camilla Läckberg, and Tana French!

Saana Havas is a strong female character who is a journalist in Finland solving crime cases, setting up true crime podcasts and more. Saana has been fired from her job as a click-bait journalist, so she decides to spend a summer with her aunt in a small town named Hartola. It sounds like a perfect opportunity to take it easy and recover. But when Saana begins to dig into a case of a teenage girl who died 30 years earlier, the peace of the small town is shaken.

Meanwhile in Helsinki a fire-marked body is found at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, and crime investigator Jan Leino and his team have a new case in their hands. However, the investigation isn’t going anywhere, and Jan fears that the murder at King’s Gate is just the beginning…

Saana and Jan continue working on their own cases until their paths cross – for more than one reason.

 

Rights sold for BEFORE THE POLAR NIGHT FALLS:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.); DENMARK: Gyldendal; GERMANY: Piper Verlag; ITALY: Newton Compton; SLOVAKIA: Arkus; SWEDEN: Bokfabriken; FILM & TV RIGHTS: Aurora Studios

STILL WATERS RUN DEEP:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.); DENMARK: Gyldendal; ESTONIA: Varrak Publishers; FILM & TV RIGHTS: Aurora Studios; GERMANY: Piper; HUNGARY: Maxim; ITALY: Newton Compton Editori; NETHERLANDS: Cargo; NORWAY: Cappelen Damm AS; POLAND: Czarna Owca; RUSSIA: Mann, Ivanov and Ferber; SLOVAKIA: Arkus; SWEDEN: Bokfabriken

ALL THE KING’S MEN:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.); CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada; DENMARK: Gyldendal; ESTONIA: Varrak Publishers; FILM & TV RIGHTS: Aurora Studios; FRANCE: HarperCollins France; GERMANY: Piper; HUNGARY: Maxim; ITALY: Newton Compton; LITHUANIA: BALTO; NETHERLANDS: Cargo; NORWAY: Cappelen Damm; POLAND: Czarna Owca; ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra; RUSSIA: Mann, Ivanov and Ferber; SLOVAKIA: Arkus Vydavatelstvo; SWEDEN: Bokfabriken

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.

Bibliography


2024, Crime & Suspense

How to Face Death

Elina Backman


2022, Crime & Suspense

Before the Polar Night Falls

Elina Backman


2022, Crime & Suspense

Unsolved - The Case of Elli Immo

Elina Backman


2021, Crime & Suspense

Still Waters Run Deep

Elina Backman


2020, Crime & Suspense

All the King's Men

Elina Backman

Bestseller news: Finlandia 2023 winner 36 URNS by Sirpa Kähkönen is #1 in Finland!

Happy New Year from us at Ahlback Agency!

We are excited to start 2024 with happy news: 36 URNS by Sirpa Kähkönen is #1 on the Finnish bestseller charts for printed books in December and #2 in all formats! Over 50,000 copies have been sold in Finland since publication in August 2023. The novel also won the Finlandia Prize for fiction in 2023 and is nominated for the Runeberg Prize 2024. Rights have been sold to 5 languages.

If you want to start the year with a bestseller acquisition, now would be the perfect time – the FILI translation grant round for winter 2024 is still open for application until February 1st!  Grants are awarded to cover part of the translation cost, on average, 50 to 70 per cent.  Read more here: APPLY FOR THE FILI GRANTS.

Download the materials for 36 URNS here!

36 uurnaa – Väärässä olemisen historia
Siltala, August 2023, 267 pp.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Siltala (orig.)
ESTONIA: Koolibri
GERMANY: Blessing Verlag (PRH)
HUNGARY: Polar
SWEDEN: Lind & Co

Reading materials:
English sample and synopsis
Finnish edition

About author


Sirpa Kähkönen

Sirpa Kähkönen was born to a family that had been harshly treated by the history of the 1900s. World War II and the Civil War preceding it had wounded her family members and marked them with heavy silence and unspoken words.

Mapping out that silence became Sirpa’s work. The first questions that arose were related to her closest circle: what had happened to her beloved grandparents? From her personal sphere the intellectual curiosity widened to touch upon the history of Finland and then the history of Europe, and finally, researching the fate of an individual during times of crisis.

Sirpa Kähkönen lives and works in Helsinki. She constructs her works upon research, using a wide array of archives, newspaper clippings, research material, and contemporary literature. Inspired by microhistorical research tradition, Sirpa writes about how mentalities are formed, and how the immaterial inheritance runs in family lines and in societies.

Sirpa Kähkönen’s historical novel begins where source information ends. It opens the gates to experiencing the past in a sensory way; the characters live out the story as physical, sensual beings.

Sirpa Kähkönen has published thirteen novels of which one (36 Urns: A History of Being Wrong) has won and four others have been nominated for the prestigious Finlandia prize and one has been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize. She has also published three non-fiction titles, one of which was nominated for the Tieto-Finlandia prize for non-fiction literature. In 2022, Kähkönen received the Finnish Cultural Foundation's Grand Prize for significant achievements in culture.

Awards and nominations:

Kirjallisuuden valtionpalkinto 1992 - The State Literary Prize 1992

Savonia-palkinto 1999 - Savonia Prize 1999

Kuopion taiteilijaseuran kirjallisuuden tunnustuspalkinto 2003 - The Kuopio Artist Society's Literary Award 2003

Kiitos kirjasta -mitali 2008 - Thank You for the book medallion 2008

Savon Sanomien Savonmuan Hilima -titteli 2010

Otavan kirjasäätiön Veijo Meri -palkinto 2012 - Otava Literary Fund Veijo Meri Prize 2012

Pro-Finlandia -mitali 2015 - Pro Finlandia Medallion 2015

Suomi-palkinto 2016 - Suomi-Finland Prize 2016 from the Ministry of Education and Culture

Savonia-palkinto 2021 - Savonia Prize 2021

Suomen Kulttuurirahaston suurpalkinto - The Finnish Cultural Foundation's Grand Prize 2021

Finlandia-palkinto 2023 - Finlandia Prize 2023

Bibliography


2023, Literary Fiction

36 Urns: A History of Being Wrong

Sirpa Kähkönen


2021, Literary Fiction

The Green Chamber

Sirpa Kähkönen

German #1 Bestseller: THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD!

German #1 Bestseller: THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD!

THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD by Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala is now published in Germany (Econ/Ullstein) and we are thrilled to see that the book is a success already!

This week, the two authors were interviewed in the magazine DER SPIEGEL where they talk about their book, dangerous companies and recent development concerning the influence of multibillions dollar companies.

The German edition of THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD is now a bestseller on German Amazon – the paperback currently ranks #1 in Journalistic Communication Studies, #5 in Business Ethics, and also #5 in Economic History!

Rights are sold into 8 territories and are still available for UK/USA, Spain, France, Japan, …

The independent sequel THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS FAMILIES IN THE WORLD by Hannu Sokala has just been published in Finland this summer where it reached bestseller status (currently #7 in the non-fiction chart!)

Let us know if you would like to add these insightful and timely books to your list!

Download materials for THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD here!

Download materials for THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS FAMILIES IN THE WORLD here!

About author


Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

Juha-Pekka Raeste covers international and domestic business for Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest newspaper in Finland. He focuses on the biggest corporations and the IT industry.

Hannu Sokala has worked as a financial journalist for over 30 years, starting at the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and, lastly, as an investigative reporter for the Finnish National Broadcasting Company YLE. He enjoys digging into the biggest banks and corporations and the most powerful industries.

Bibliography


2021, General Nonfiction, History & Politics

The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World

Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

Bestseller news: THE KRISTINESTAD MURDERS: REVENGE by Kaisu Tuokko – over 7,000 copies sold with excellent reviews!

We are happy to share some bestseller news with you! Over 7,000 copies of REVENGE, the first instalment in the Kaisu Tuokko’s brand new 6-book crime series THE KRISTINESTAD MURDERS have been sold in Finland!

Here are the first 3 months since publication in numbers:

  • Over 7,000 copies sold since publication!
  • bestseller charts Finland June-July: # 10 for audiobooks & #11 for all formats!
The book has also received excellent reviews in Finnish and Finland-Swedish media, as well as been praised on social media by readers and fellow authors!

An absolutely brilliant debut, excellent storyline, excellent characters!
– Vappu Pimiä (Finnish celebrity)

I recommend Revenge to many kinds of readers. I believe it will entertain both detective fiction fans, small town fans, journalism fans, interpersonal drama fans as well as the reader who appreciates the social angle in crime fiction. In my opinion, Revenge is a very promising first novel, based on which we can expect a lot from the sequels as well.
– Kirsin book club (Finnish Blog)

Tuokko turns to the crime fiction genre with her debut Kosto (Revenge) and rightfully claims her place in the literary line-up. Kosto (Revenge) is a confident and convincing debut. (…) Tuokko’s text effectively captures the feelings of sensitivity and vulnerability in youth.
– Anna-Leena Ekroos in Ilkka-Pohjalainen newspaper

Author Kaisu Tuokko has been busy promoting her book at events and in social media, and she would love to do the same for international publishers. Kaisu Tuokko has worked in book branch for 20 years, and has experience of publishing, marketing, communications and selling. She is bilingual in Finnish and Swedish, fluent in English, would love to learn more German, is able to carry on a simple conversation in French.
THE KRISTINESTAD MURDERS is perfect for fans of Viveca StenCamilla LäckbergMari Jungstedt, and Åsa Larsson! Maybe this could be your next bestseller – now is the time to acquire the rights!

About author


Kaisu Tuokko

Kaisu Tuokko’s aim is to create a series where interpersonal relationships and the idyll of a small town are mixed with cruel events – using psychological tension to build stories about how badly we know the families or friends of our neighbors, of our loved ones. Everyone has secrets, but some of them are more dangerous than others.

Tuokko loves the stories of strangers, secrets of small towns, rainy autumn evenings, and the Swedish language. She lives in Helsinki, and has named her main character after her grandparents.

Bibliography


2024, Crime & Suspense

THE KRISTINESTAD MURDERS #2: Alone

Kaisu Tuokko


2023, Crime & Suspense

THE KRISTINESTAD MURDERS #1: Revenge

Kaisu Tuokko

FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY by Martta Kaukonen World Arabic rights sold!

We are happy to announce the World Arabic rights for FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY have sold to Al Arabi Publishing. The deal was closed by Mimi Matinpalo at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.  FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY has now sold in 15 territories! Full English MS is available! 

Al Arabi Publishing and Distributing, established in 1975, is specializing in publishing translated literature, such as Finnish author Leena Lehtolainen’s novels.  The Arabic publisher Sherif Bakr said:

“The Arab readers are quite thrilled waiting for the most remarkable psychological thriller by Martta Kaukonen Follow the Butterfly ” – Al Arabi

Congratulations Al Arabi Publishing and Martta Kaukonen!

The long-awaited sequel to FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY will be released in December 2023.

Want to join this international success story? Rights are still available in France, Italy, World Spanish, Sweden, Netherlands, Portugal, China, Thailand etc. 

Download the materials for FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY here!

Praise from foreign publishers and media of FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY:

“We couldn’t be more excited to have acquired Martta Kaukonen’s twisty addictive psychological thriller FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY and its sequel. Ida has to be the most sympathetic serial killer in crime fiction, and is one of the most original protagonists we’ve come across in a very long time.”
– Daniel Seton, Pushkin Press, United Kingdom

“This is an extremely addictive, plot-driven and immensely twisty novel. This book keeps suspense until the end. I’m very glad I could deeply dive into Follow the Butterfly.”
– Dominika Dudarew-Osiecka, Czarna Owca, Poland

”I have never read a thriller like this. A female serial killer whom we root for and not one unreliable narrator but four whose narratives are woven into each other with such skill. This plot-driven, emotional and wonderfully written book is what our readers have been waiting for.”
–Janina Dyballa, Heyne Verlag

“Interesting, mysterious, and gripping story told from the perspective of serial killer which makes it original and unique.”
–Dijana Orsolic, Znanje publishing, Croatia

“One of the most suspenseful thrillers I have ever read [–] incredibly captivating [–] well-thought-out and well-written [–] really magnificent”.
– Nicole List in ORF TV programme Studio 2, Austria

“The most suspenseful and surprising book in a long time. Only a few sentences in I realised: I am the fly in the spider net.”
– Ulla Müller, Bayern 1 radio (24. March 2023), Germany

 

TERAPIASSA
WSOY, March 2021, 471 pp.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
CROATIA: Znanje
CZECHIA: Albatros Media
DENMARK: Forlaget Falco
ESTONIA: Hea Lugu
GERMANY: Heyne (2-book-deal)
GREECE: Psichogios (2-book-deal)
HUNGARY: Partvonal Kiadó (2-book-deal)
LATVIA: Jumava
LITHUANIA: Obuolys
POLAND: Czarna Owca (2-book-deal)
UNITED KINGDOM: Pushkin Press (2-book-deal)
UNITED STATES: Pushkin Press (2-book-deal)
WORLD ARABIC: Al Arabi Publishing
WORLD ENGLISH (Audio): Audible

Reading materials: Full English manuscript

About author


Martta Kaukonen

Martta Kaukonen (1976) lives in Helsinki. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a film critic, whose reviews have been published in both Finland’s biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and a popular women’s weekly magazine Me Naiset. Martta has a master’s degree in arts. She has interviewed the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Justin Bieber. Martta met her husband at his second hand bookshop and fell in love. Alongside writing, Martta loves psychological thrillers, film noir, flea markets, abandoned houses and travelling. Martta’s debut novel FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY was published in March 2021. FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY is an Instagram sensation in Finland, and the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper released a highly-praising review of it. During the first two months, the audiobook was listened to an awe-inspiring 2000 times and over. FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY  has been compared to Gillian Flynn’s novel ‘Gone Girl’. 

Bibliography


2023, Crime & Suspense

Meet Me in the Darkness

Martta Kaukonen


2022, Crime & Suspense

In Your Shadow

Martta Kaukonen


2021, Crime & Suspense

Follow the Butterfly

Martta Kaukonen

Martta Kaukonen on the SPIEGEL BESTSELLER list!

We are thrilled to announce that just one week after its publication in Germany, FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY aka THERAPIERT (Heyne Verlag) by Martta Kaukonen has entered the German bestsellers lists! Currently, it is on place 15 of the SPIEGEL BESTSELLER LIST for paperpacks – and German publisher Heyne have already ordered a second edition! What a start for the book on the German market!

Readers have been buzzing about the book as well:

Martta Kaukonen constructs a masterfully narrated psychological thriller, that doesn’t cease to amaze us as it gradually reveals more and more of its characters’ secrets. FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY is a somewhat different, very psychologically constructed thriller, that convinces with soft tones and big feelings. Exciting until the very last page.” – Silke Schröder on hallo-buch.de

Nothing is as it seems. The topic of therapy takes center stage and offers readers an exciting insight into the depths of the human psyche – a truly successful thriller!” – myautumnofbooks

The ending then even outdid all the previous twists. After finishing the book, I was left with a feeling of “Wow!”.” – JS Booklover

Congratulations to Martta Kaukonen and Heyne for this impressive achievement! 

FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY has been a critical success and bestseller in Finland, and was nominated for the Savonia Prize. The rights were sold to to 14 territories and the book will be published in the UK and US next year by Pushkin Press. A sequel is coming out in November 2023.

We now have a full English manuscript for you to review. Rights are still available for France, Italy, World Spanish, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway and many more!

Download the full English text here! 

Terapiassa / Follow the Butterfly

Rights sold:

FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
CROATIA: Znanje
CZECH REPUBLIC: Kniha Zlin/Albatros
DENMARK: Falco
ESTONIA: Hea Lugu
GERMANY: Heyne (2-book deal)
GREECE: Psichogios (2-book deal)
HUNGARY: Partvonal (2-book-deal)
LATVIA: Jumava
LITHUANIA: Obuolys
POLAND: Czarna Owca (2-book deal)
UNITED KINGDOM: Pushkin Press (2-book deal)
UNITED STATES: Pushkin Press (2-book deal)
WORLD ENGLISH (Audio): Audible

About author


Martta Kaukonen

Martta Kaukonen (1976) lives in Helsinki. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a film critic, whose reviews have been published in both Finland’s biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and a popular women’s weekly magazine Me Naiset. Martta has a master’s degree in arts. She has interviewed the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Justin Bieber. Martta met her husband at his second hand bookshop and fell in love. Alongside writing, Martta loves psychological thrillers, film noir, flea markets, abandoned houses and travelling. Martta’s debut novel FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY was published in March 2021. FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY is an Instagram sensation in Finland, and the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper released a highly-praising review of it. During the first two months, the audiobook was listened to an awe-inspiring 2000 times and over. FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY  has been compared to Gillian Flynn’s novel ‘Gone Girl’. 

Bibliography


2023, Crime & Suspense

Meet Me in the Darkness

Martta Kaukonen


2022, Crime & Suspense

In Your Shadow

Martta Kaukonen


2021, Crime & Suspense

Follow the Butterfly

Martta Kaukonen