Cover for Max Seeck’s new crime series revealed!

We are thrilled to share with you the cover and more information on the New York Times bestselling author Max Seeck’s upcoming novel MILO!

Milo, a 38-year-old art enthusiast, gallery owner and criminal profiler struggles with sexual frustration that are both the cause and consequence for his marital problems with his wife Ronja. A body of a young woman is found painted in all-white representing a piece of chess. The chief inspector receives an anonymous letter with a short message: Bxc6. This indicates a chess move and along the location where the body was found the investigators feel that more chess moves might be on the way.

Milo struggles to form a clear picture of the killer. He soon understands that in order to help the police force to catch the killer he needs to understand the game of chess better. As much as he hates it, he decides to face the ghost of the past: her mother’s former partner Stanislav who happens to be a European champion in chess…

MILO starts a new thriller series, with a complex and relatable main character. The first book includes surprising twists and interesting facts about the game of chess – and, in a typical Max Seeck style, a thrilling crime plot: a serial killer uses Helisnki as a chess board and corpses as the chess pawns.

Milo’s is also a story of complex human relationships, sex and issues people are facing when they approach the middle-age. The novel also covers a lot of art and other cultural references, maintaining the erotic vibe that stems from Milo’s and Ronja’s sexual adventures.

The rights to MILO have been sold to France, Germany, and Norway pre-publication!
Furthermore, the TV rights have been acquired by Solar Films! 

Rights to MILO are still available in e.g. World English, Iceland, Italy, Spain…

Download the English materials for MILO here!

MILO
Tammi, September 2024

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
FRANCE: Mera éditions
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
NORWAY: Aschehoug

FILM & TV rights: Solar Films

Reading materials:
English sample and synopsis
Finnish manuscript in December 2023

About author


Max Seeck, New York Times Best Selling Author

Max Seeck - New York Times Bestselling Author of THE WITCH HUNTER.

Winner of the prestigious Glass Key Award 2023 for his novel THE LAST GRUDGE.

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers,” announced Iltalehti newspaper, when Max’s debut novel was published in 2016. Four books later, Max Seeck’s novels have been sold to more than 40 countries, including US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Nordic countries and as far as Korea!

His debut trilogy following protagonist Daniel Kuisma sold over 40,000 copies in Finland. His Jessica Niemi series landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list! 2024 will see the release of his independent novel MILO, which is already creating buzz internationally with several rights pre-empts ahead of the Finnish publication!

Max Seeck has a background in sales and marketing, and has lately been able to dedicate his time to his lifelong love of writing. His interests include well-conducted research, reading Nordic Noir and listening to movie soundtracks as he writes.

Bibliography


2024, Crime & Suspense

Milo

Max Seeck


2022, Crime & Suspense

Ghost Island

Max Seeck


2021, Crime & Suspense

The Last Grudge

Max Seeck


2020, Crime & Suspense

The Ice Coven

Max Seeck


2019, Crime & Suspense

The Witch Hunter

Max Seeck


2018, Crime & Suspense

The Mephisto Touch

Max Seeck


2018, Crime & Suspense

The Call of Hades

Max Seeck


2016, Crime & Suspense

Angels of Hammurabi

Max Seeck

Arabic deal for LOGBOOK OF LOVE by Elina Hirvonen!

We’re thrilled to announce that the Arabic rights to Elina Hirvonen’s beautiful LOGBOOK OF LOVE have been acquired by Logha Publishing in a pre-empt! The deal was closed by Elsa Lindström at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Founded in 2022, Logha Publishing focuses on translated literature of different topics from self-help and history to great fiction. They are the publishers of e.g. Emma Donoghue, Stéphanie Garnier, Sophie White, and Matthew Perry.

This is the first foreign deal for LOGBOOK OF LOVE, a literary explaration of love in all its different forms, from platonic love to passionate romantic love. The title, published in August 2023, has been received with adoration in Finland:

“This struggle between love’s sadness and ecstasy, between love’s brightness and shadows, is felt in every chapter of the book. Hirvonen writes about people beautifully and touchingly, greatly appreciating each and every one. The narrative is documentary-like, but it is beautified by a sense of relevance, warmth and presence. Despite the grim world it depicts heavy world, THE LOGBOOK OF LOVE is joyful and light.”
– Outi Hytönen in Suomen Kuvalehti newspaper

*****

“The breezy narration makes use of autobiographical material, of real events on both a personal and global level. It also draws on what other authors have written. In that sense, Hirvonen’s narrative is reminiscent of, among others, the genre-defining productions of W. G. Sebald (1944–2001) and Maggie Nelson [—] The narrator’s language remains sharp and concisely expressive and is a pleasure to read.”

– Mari Viertola in Turun Sanomat newspaper

 

Rights to the title are still available in e.g. UK, US, Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, Estonia…

Download the English manuscript for LOGBOOK OF LOVE here! 

THE LOGBOOK OF LOVE
RAKKAUKSIEN LOKIKIRJA
WSOY, August 2023, 227 pp.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)

Reading material:
Finnish edition
Full English translation

About author


Elina Hirvonen

Elina Hirvonen is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker whose works have been translated into many languages. Hirvonen’s debut novel, When I Forgot, made the front page of The New York Times Book Review, and received rave reviews from the Independent, Guardian, Financial Times and Globe and Mail.

Hirvonen has won the Kalevi Jäntti Prize, the Young Aleksis Prize, has been nominated for the prestigious Finlandia Prize. She has received the prestigious 2023 Werner Söderström Osakeyhtiö Literary Foundation Award, recognizing the artistic independence and high standard of her writing.

Her new novel, The Logbook of Love, was published in Finland in August 2023. The Logbook of Love is the first part of a trilogy of novels that create their world through conversations.

Bibliography


2023, Literary Fiction

The Logbook of Love

Elina Hirvonen


2023, Chapter Books (3-6 Years)

The Rescuers Julia and Charlie

Elina Hirvonen


2021, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Charlie and the Wombat Warriors

Elina Hirvonen


2021, Chapter Books (3-6 Years)

Princess Rascal and the Quarrel Spell

Elina Hirvonen


2020, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Julia & P.A.L

Elina Hirvonen


2019, Chapter Books (3-6 Years)

Princess Rascal and The Potty Words

Elina Hirvonen


2019, Literary Fiction

Red Storm

Elina Hirvonen


2017, Chapter Books (3-6 Years)

Princess Rascal

Elina Hirvonen


2015, Literary Fiction

When Time Runs Out

Elina Hirvonen


2005, Literary Fiction

When I Forgot

Elina Hirvonen

Hungarian rights sold for THE INVESTIGATIONS OF A CERTAIN CAT by Katja Kettu!

We are happy to announce that the Hungarian rights for Katja Kettu’s latest novel The Investigations of a Certain Cat have been acquired by Gondolat! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Having originally focused on publishing scientific works, Gondolat has been publishing both Hungarian and international fiction titles since the early 2000s with a more specific focus on contemporary European works. Their international authors include Arnon Grunberg, Vladimir Sorokin, Riikka Pulkkinen, Sjón, Lars Saabye Christensen, Andri Snær Magnason, Jana Bodnárová, and Andrus Kivirähk.

The Investigations of a Certain Cat has now been sold to 10 territories!
Rights are still available for France, Poland, Netherlands, Japan, Greece, Spain, US, UK, etc!

Download materials for The Investigations of a Certain Cat here!

The Investigations of a Certain Cat

Katja Kettu

Katja Kettu’s stunning novel spins through ages whilst surrendering to the wilderness of nature and the deep yearning for offspring. 

Can one find solace and meaning in life from the past once the future no longer exists?

An Author has a miscarriage and loses their ability to speak and write. From the Investigative Bureau of Heavens, a Detective is sent to the scene, but something goes awry. Soon, in the corner of the room, there appears Cat who starts examining a mysterious diary that once belonged to the Author’s Great Grandmother.

When a new life has been lost, the Author turns their gaze to the past and to the age-old words of creation in the old Finnish outskirts. The one who knows them, Great Grandmother, has the power of healers. The Great Grandmother’s diary sheds light on birth and death, love towards children, and the strength of heritage in one’s blood.

Combining autofiction and elements of magical realism, Katja Kettu’s latest novel also sheds light on the history of the Finnish frontiers.

THE INVESTIGATIONS OF A CERTAIN CAT
ERÄÄN KISSAN TUTKIMUKSIA
Otava, 2023, 380 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English sample and synopsis
Finnish manuscript

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CZECHIA: ARGO
DENMARK: Lindhardt og Ringhof
ESTONIA: Koolibri
GERMANY: Weissbooks
HUNGARY: Gondolat
ITALY: Mondadori
NORWAY: Pax Forlag
ROMANIA: Humanitas Fiction
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag

About author


Katja Kettu

Katja Kettu is an acclaimed and award-winning writer with a strong, unique voice from Northern Finland. Originally from Rovaniemi, Lapland, she graduated from the Turku Academy of Arts in 2001 as an animation director and has also studied in the University of Tampere and in the National Film and Television School in the UK. She has worked as a columnist for numerous Finnish newspapers and magazines.

Her debut novel Surujenkerääjä (2005) was nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize and won the Tiiliskivi Prize, but her breakthrough came with The Midwife (orig. Kätilö, 2011), which won the Kalevi Jäntti Prize, the Runeberg Prize and the Thank You for the Book Medal. The rights for the novel have been sold to 19 countries, it has sold more than 160,000 copies in Finland, and in 2015 it was adapted into a film.

To date, she has published five novels, written or edited two collections of short stories, authored a graphic novel, edited a fiction/non-fiction book on women’s experiences with sexual harassment and violence, and a biography of Ismo Alanko, a Finnish musician. In addition, she has collaborated with photographer Meeri Koutaniemi and documentarist Maria Seppälä on a book and a TV series about Finnish emigrants in North America and their relationships with the Ojibwe people. Outside of literature, Kettu has directed, written or helped produce 10 animations and been a singer in the punk band Confusa.

Kettu’s works have been characterized as “Laplandic magical realism”. Kettu is meticulous in the research for her works and she is interested in microhistory, especially the fates of women caught up in conflicts where individuals have a limited influence on their lives.

Her novel Rose on poissa was a Finlandia Prize 2018 nominee. Kettu's works have been translated into 23 languages.

Katja Kettu's literary works:

Surujenkerääjä, 2005 WSOY

Hitsaaja, 2008 WSOY

Kätilö, 2011 WSOY

Piippuhylly, novelleja, 2013 WSOY

Novelli palaa! Matkanovelleja, co-edited with Aki Salmela, 2013 WSOY

Yöperhonen, 2015 WSOY

Peräkammarin poika, illustrated by Jan Andersson, 2015 Otava

Rose on poissa, 2018 WSOY

Erään kissan tutkimuksia, 2023 Otava

Bibliography


2023, Literary Fiction

The Investigations of a Certain Cat

Katja Kettu

FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY by Martta Kaukonen published in the UK to great reviews!

We are excited to announce that Martta Kaukonen’s internationally successful psychological thriller Follow the Butterfly is now out in English, translated by David Hackston and published by Pushkin Press! Simultaneously with the UK edition, Audible US has published the audiobook version of Follow the Butterfly.

Read more about the English edition of Follow the Butterfly here.

Congratulations to Martta Kaukonen and Pushkin Press!

Follow the Butterfly has already received its first, outstanding reviews in the United Kingdom and Ireland:

“Follow the Butterfly is the portrait of a failing marriage, a demonstration of the perils and pitfalls of “the talking cure” and a brilliant game of cat and mouse between author and reader. [–] Whether, in the end, you believe either of them, there’s no denying the pieces of this psychological thriller fit together as ingeniously as those in a Chinese puzzle box.”
– Mark Sanderson, The Times, UK

This first novel by Finnish film critic Martta Kaukonen is a fascinating study in guilt, shame, blame and the stories we tell ourselves to make life bearable. [–] The delivery of information, both real and false, is beautifully handled. The portrait of the vain and self-deceiving therapist is chilling, and the ultimate revelation of what has been going on in all four lives is horribly convincing.
Natasha Cooper, Literary Review, UK

Told from the points of view of Ida, Clarissa and her husband Pekka, and newspaper journalist Arto, the twists and turns accumulate, and we’re soon wondering which of the narrators, if any, is telling the truth. A slow burn to start, this dark tale packs a punch when the deadly cat-and-mouse game culminates in a host of shattering revelations.
Breda Brown, Sunday Independent, Ireland

Follow the Butterfly has been a critical success and bestseller both in Finland and abroad:

  • Rights for the title have been sold to 16 territories!
  • Film and TV rights have been acquired by Legendary Tobis TV!
  • The German edition of Follow the Butterfly was a Spiegel bestseller with more than 24,000 copies sold!
  • It is currently nominated for the Glass Key Award of 2024 and has previously been nominated for the Savonia Prize!

The sequel to Follow the Butterfly, Meet Me In the Darkness, was published in Finland last December and has also been met with critical acclaim.

Rights for Follow the Butterfly are still available in France, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Romania, the Netherlands, etc!

Download the materials for Follow the Butterfly here!

Follow the Butterfly

Martta Kaukonen

An addictive psychological thriller in the spirit of Gillian Flynn

An international bestseller with rights sold to 16 territories and TV rights sold to Legendary Tobis
A critical success and bestseller in Finland!
✓ Nominated for the Glass Key Award of 2024!
✓ A Spiegel bestseller in Germany!

Ira, 20, a serial killer who was abducted as a child, starts therapy with celebrity therapist Clarissa. Only one of them knows that they share a mutual secret from the past. Will the other one realize it before she gets murdered?

Clarissa is a middle-aged psychotherapist, the best in her field. She is familiar to everyone from her TV appearances and from glossy magazines. For her, every patient is a princess. And someone only she can save. Or can she? Clarissa already has one suicide to answer for; a teenage boy’s death never seizes to haunt her.

When Ira becomes Clarissa’s patient, a cat-and-mouse game begins in which rules are followed by no one. The kind of game that never ends well.

FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY
TERAPIASSA
WSOY, 2021, 407 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English edition
Finnish edition
German edition

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
CROATIA: Znanje
CZECHIA: Albatros Media
DENMARK: Forlaget Falco
ESTONIA: Hea Lugu
GERMANY: Penguin Random House / Heyne
GREECE: Psichogios
HUNGARY: Partvonal Kiadó
ITALY: Longanesi
LATVIA: Jumava
LITHUANIA: Obuolys
POLAND: Czarna Owca
UNITED KINGDOM: Pushkin Press
UNITED STATES: Pushkin Press
WORLD ARABIC: Al Arabi
WORLD ENGLISH (audio): Audible
FILM & TV RIGHTS: Legendary Tobis TV

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

Two new deals for THE HORNED GOD by Magdalena Hai!

We are excited to share two new deals for the THE HORNED GOD by Magdalena Hai! Rights were sold to Päike ja Pilv in Estonia in a deal closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency and to Epix Bokförlag in Sweden in a deal closed by Anna Kappauf at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency. Päike ja Pilv publishes books for children and young adults. Their international authors include Edward van de Vendel, Elin Nilsson, Kim Fupz Aakeson, Przemysław Wechterowicz, Peter Svetina, Ditte Wiese, Silvija Šesto, and Tomi Kontio.

Epix is an independent Swedish publisher for comic books and graphic novels for adults and for children’s books. They have already published Magdalena Hai’s middle grade title GRUMBLEBELLY CAT.

Rights for this Finlandia Prize-winning YA novel have now been sold in 6 languages! If you are looking for your new big YA book ahead of Bologna book fair, now is the perfect time to acquire the rights!

Rights are still  available in many territories, e.g., US, UK, Germany, Poland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain…

For more exciting titles, check out our spring 2024 catalogue

Download the materials for THE HORNED GOD here!

Sarvijumala
Otava, March 2023, 162 pp.
Age group: 13+

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: ABC Forlag
ESTONIA: Päike ja Pilv
NORWAY: Gursli Berg
SLOVENIA: Didakta
SWEDEN: Epix

Reading materials:
English sample and synopsis

About author


Magdalena Hai

Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series has been sold to 30 territories around the world. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the Finlandia Prize for children's and YA literature and the Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated  the Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Bibliography


2023, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 4: The Crystal Skull

Magdalena Hai


2023, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Horned God

Magdalena Hai


2021, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Spell of Iset

Magdalena Hai


2021, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 3: Sticky the Horrible Snowman

Magdalena Hai


2020, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Miss Swift’s Weird and Wonderful House

Magdalena Hai


2019, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 2: The Mystery of the Missing Teeth

Magdalena Hai


2018, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Third Sister

Magdalena Hai


2018, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 1: The Terrible Tickling Powder

Magdalena Hai


2017, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Grumblebelly Cat

Magdalena Hai


2012, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Beggar Princess

Magdalena Hai

Lovely reception for INHERITED LAND in France and GHOST ISLAND in the US!

Maria Turtschaninoff’s award-winning INHERITED LAND has been published in France by Éditions Paulsen, and the reception has been wonderful!

“With inventiveness and finesse, the novelist analyses the evolution of  the relationships [between human and nature] without didacticism. [–] Each era is painted from the inside, bathing in its own atmosphere, the transitions from one to another taking place smoothly, without forcing or erasing anything. [–] This unforgettable portrait of Finland through the centuries is based on solid scholarship. Even if it is fiction, Maria Turtschaninoff has no equal when it comes to diving deep into the spirit of an era.”
– Elena Balzamo in Le Monde des Livres, France

“The very beautiful [Inherited Land] by the Finnish writer Maria Turtschaninoff [tells the story of] a cabin built four centuries ago by a soldier on the shores of the Gulf of Ostrobothnia, of the families that succeed one another and of a curse that awakens when the men of the family do not respect the promise made to the creatures living in the bogs. [–] An immersive reading experience guaranteed.”
– Isabelle Falconnier in Le Matin Dimanche, France

INHERITED LAND is the first adult novel by Turtschaninoff who rose to fame with her YA series Maresi. Having sold to 23 territories, INHERITED LAND has charmed readers in Finland and abroad. It is an episodic work of literary fiction depicting human relationships with nature across generations, following in the tradition of family sagas like One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.

The rights to INHERITED LAND are still available in e.g. Spain, Japan, Portugal, Greece…

Download the English materials for INHERITED LAND here!

Furthermore, GHOST ISLAND by Max Seeck has now been published in the US by Berkley!

The fourth and final installment of the New York Times bestselling and Glass Key Award-winning series sees the protagonist Jessica Niemi travel to a  remote island, hoping to find some peace. But alas, what she finds instead is suspicious deaths and ghosts from the past…

“An exceptional combination of hardboiled Scandi-noir and eerie ghost story. [–] Seeck marries breathtaking suspense with an expertly drawn heroine. This is guaranteed to send shivers up even the most unshakable readers’ spines.”
–Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Jessica Niemi is anything but ordinary, sort of a spiritual daughter of Lisbeth Salander [–] Seeck likes to play with the supernatural, which he does effectively here. [–] If you like your Scandi noir with a splash of horror, Ghost Island is a don’t-miss destination.”
—Lisa Henricksson on Air Mail

“A chilling psychological mystery whose complex heroine deserves some peace of mind.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of the series and of Nordic mysteries in general will enjoy this frosty, enigmatic tale with its chilly atmosphere and subtle twists.”
—Booklist

The Jessica Niemi series by Max Seeck has sold to 40 territories and Hollywood – but rights are still available in e.g. Japan, Brazil, Thailand, Armenia…

Download the English materials for the series here!

Arvejord
Forlaget, August 2022, 371 pp.

Rights sold: FINLAND: Förlaget (orig. Finland-Swedish)
FINLAND: Tammi (Finnish)
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
BULGARIA: Izida
CHINA: Rentian Ulus
CROATIA: Hena Com
CZECH REPUBLIC: Argo
DENMARK: Alpha Forlag
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FRANCE: Éditions Paulsen
GERMANY: Rowohlt
HUNGARY: L’Harmattan
ISRAEL: Hakibbutz Hameuchad – Sifriat Poalim
ITALY: Bompiani
NETHERLANDS: Atlas Contact
NORWAY: Bonnier Norsk Forlag
POLAND: Poznańskie
ROMANIA: Editura Univers
SWEDEN: Förlaget
TURKEY: Timas Yayinlari
UKRAINE: Old Lion Publishing House
UNITED KINGDOM & COMMONWEALTH: Pushkin Press
UNITED STATES & CANADA: Pushkin Press
WORLD ALBANIAN: Shkupi Publishing House

 

Jessica Niemi series
Tammi, 2019-2022
Series rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
ARABIC: Arab Scientific Publishers (World Arabic)
ARMENIA: Guitank
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
BELGIUM, A.W. Bruna
BULGARIA: EMAS
CANADA: Berkley/Penguin Random House
CROATIA: Fokus (Book 1)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
DENMARK: Gutkind
ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Michel Lafon (Books 1-2)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
GREECE: Livanis (Book 1-2)
HUNGARY: Animus
ICELAND: Forlagid
ISRAEL: Tchelet Books (Book 1)
ITALY: Piemme (Books 1-2)
KOREA: Cheongmirae
LATIN AMERICA: Editorial Maeva/Maeva Noir
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos (Book 1)
MACEDONIA: Matica
NETHERLANDS: A.W. Bruna
NORWAY: Aschehoug
POLAND: Sonia Draga (Books 1-2)
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora (Books 1-2)
ROMANIA: Litera (Books 1-2)
RUSSIA: AST
SERBIA: Vulkan
SLOVAKIA: Motýľ
SLOVENIA: Didakta
SPAIN: Editorial Maeva/Maeva Noir (Book 1)
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
TURKEY: Doğan Kitap
UKRAINE: Family Leisure Club
UNITED KINGDOM & COMMONWEALTH: Welbeck Publishing UK
UNITED STATES: Berkley/Penguin Random House

FILM & TV RIGHTS: Stampede Ventures (Greg Silverman)

About author


Maria Turtschaninoff

Maria Turtschaninoff is known for crafting lyrical, historically inspired fantasy stories starring strong female protagonists. In addition to J.R.R. Tolkien, she counts Philip Pullman, Ursula K. Le Guin and C.S. Lewis among her favorite authors. She is a two-time winner of the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, winner of the Swedish YLE Literature Prize, winner of the Thank You for the Book Award, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2020-2024), and winner of the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize.

Her Red Abbey Chronicles YA trilogy has been sold into 30 languages, while her first adult novel Inherited Land has been sold to 23 territories. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.

About author


Max Seeck, New York Times Best Selling Author

Max Seeck - New York Times Bestselling Author of THE WITCH HUNTER.

Winner of the prestigious Glass Key Award 2023 for his novel THE LAST GRUDGE.

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers,” announced Iltalehti newspaper, when Max’s debut novel was published in 2016. Four books later, Max Seeck’s novels have been sold to more than 40 countries, including US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Nordic countries and as far as Korea!

His debut trilogy following protagonist Daniel Kuisma sold over 40,000 copies in Finland. His Jessica Niemi series landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list! 2024 will see the release of his independent novel MILO, which is already creating buzz internationally with several rights pre-empts ahead of the Finnish publication!

Max Seeck has a background in sales and marketing, and has lately been able to dedicate his time to his lifelong love of writing. His interests include well-conducted research, reading Nordic Noir and listening to movie soundtracks as he writes.

The Ahlback Agency FICTION Spring 2024 Rights Guide!

We are thrilled to present our Fiction Catalogue for Spring 2024!

This is the season of literary fiction. Tommi Kinnunen, one of Finland’s most award-winning, bestselling and internationally acclaimed authors, joins our Agency with his sixth novel Pine Bark about women’s fates in times of war. In their new novels, award-winning and bestselling authors Saara Turunen and Kaj Korkea-aho explore the different challenges and aspects of hoping for and having a child, and Sara Al Husaini makes her debut with an eye-opening and honest novel about the oppression of women.

We also welcome two wonderful and bestselling crime and thriller authors to our Agency: Arttu Tuominen is a Spiegel Bestselling and a Palle Rosenkrantz Prize-winning author, with his River Delta series sold to 7 territories and counting! Award-winning author and former US correspondent, journalist Tuomas Oskari (aka Tuomas Niskakangas) offers the readers a fast-paced international thriller The Eagle that features a murder mystery in the White House!

From our new catalogue, we’ve picked some of the hottest titles for you – take a look at them below!

View the Spring 2024 Fiction Catalogue here!

Pine Bark

Tommi Kinnunen

A densely atmospheric and arrestingly written novel about women’s fates in times of war, the difficulty of giving up, and how the proximity of death can change a person

  • Novels by award-winning author Tommi Kinnunen have been sold to 22 territories
  • The sixth novel by one of Finland’s most award-winning, bestselling and internationally acclaimed authors!

A person cannot return to being who they once were without knowing who they have been.

In 2001, three siblings – Martti and twin sisters Eeva and Marja – meet in a small village in Northern Finland. Their mother Laina, an old woman who has been through the Second World War, is dying and the children have gathered to arrange the funeral. Even though the siblings have always been on good terms, Martti has always felt aloof, the odd man out. All of them reminisce about their childhood, but Martti remembers things slightly differently than the sisters.

As the novel progresses, the readers are transported through the decades and through Laina’s story, culminating in the Soviet partisan attack during the summer of 1944 that irrevocably changed Laina’s life. She has refused to recall the events and, at the same time, has denied her children the opportunity of remembering and recovering. “One can only talk about men’s war, as the women’s war is soundless and forbidden.

As his mother’s death grows nearer, Martti reaches out to connect with his siblings and attempts to fill in the gaps in the story, but is it already too late?

Hyena Days

Saara Turunen

Is it possible to have a child and retain one’s own identity?

  • The fourth novel by award-winning and bestselling author, playwright and director
  • For readers of Rachel Cusk and Sheila Heti

The protagonist, an artist, has dreamed about having a child for years. She and her husband try to get pregnant, but they face obstacles such as COVID-19 pandemic and the related lockdown, living in different countries, and unsuccessful IVF treatments. When their last effort bears fruit and the protagonist becomes pregnant, different contradictory thoughts and emotions such as fear, shame and horror come to her mind. Eventually, the child is born, and the protagonist finds herself in a new reality. Everything that had been important before now seems the opposite. Also, taking care of a child is not without its problems, leading the protagonist to feel inferior. Reason on one hand and animality on the other cause conflict in her life.

Hyena Days is a precise and straightforward story about childlessness and the contradictory nature of having a child. It depicts the hopes for a child and the unpredictability of procreation, the shame related to one’s body, and the demands placed on the female body. The novel delves into the incompatible ideas between artistry and motherhood but, above all, it depicts the physical dimension of human life.

A Disobedient Girl

Sara Al Husaini

An honest and authentic debut novel by the winner of the Refugee Woman of the Year Award, a novel that shakes the reader to their core

  • Winner of the BookBeat Newcomer of the Year Award!
  • More than 26,000 copies sold in Finland!

A mother is escorting her daughter, trembling with fear, to the wedding suite door. This is what she’s been raised for ever since she was little, kept in wrapping paper like a precious sweet. This is the reason why she was brought back from Finland to Iraq.

You shouldn’t have abandoned the headscarf”, her siblings say. “He is your husband now”, her mother says.

A Disobedient Girl is an astonishingly honest and authentic story about the history of subjugating and silencing women, about abandoning one’s faith, honor violence, forced marriage, Islamic morality, the price of freedom, and the desperate desire for the right to self-determination. Above all, it is about a fearless woman who wants to survive and change the world.

How We Met Your Mother

Kaj Korkea-aho

An autobiographical story about a gay couple’s journey to co-parenting

  • The fifth novel from award-winning author, playwright and columnist
  • Kaj Korkea-aho’s works translated into 7 languages and nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize

After eight years together, Kaj and Niko, living in Helsinki, decide to try to become parents. They start dating women, but the search for a co-parent seems impossible at first. What has to be right so that one could dare trust a complete stranger? Whose sperm cells should be used? How do you plan the future of a family that is outside the norms, in a society that is still coded heterosexually?

Kaj Korkea-aho’s autobiographical text about how three parents had a child is irresistibly touching, painful, and humorous. It bears traces of all forms of expression mastered by Korkea-aho – novel, podcast, blog, and drama – and can also be used as a kind of handbook for others in the same life situation. The book grabs the reader like a baby with its little hand and doesn’t let go until the book has been finished and the wonder of life has become a fact.

River Delta #5: The Liberator

Arttu Tuominen

Henning Mankell meets Stephen King! Arttu Tuominen’s unique human touch and excellence in depicting characters combined with shocking horror elements brings originality to Nordic Noir.

  • International success – River Delta series has sold to 7 territories! Each novel can be read as a standalone.
  • Arttu Tuominen is a Palle Rosenkrantz Prize-winning and a Spiegel Bestselling author! 

The charred body of a man is discovered on a sports field in Pori. The victim had been doused with petrol and set on fire. Suspicions are directed at a group of young adults known to have harassed rough sleepers in the past. When a second arson attack is caught on CCTV, the Pori police are forced to take the attacks seriously as rumours on the street talk of a ‘liberator’ offering the wretched eternal life and freedom from pain.

The investigation takes the police deep into the world of the marginalised: nocturnal streets, drug dens, forest camps, bridge underpasses, and night shelters. Detective Susanna Manner, who leads the investigation, has a secret: her son is a rough sleeper involved in a serious crime. Manner is faced with the impossible dilemma: to put her child or her job first?

Internationally bestselling author Arttu Tuominen delivers a new crime novel with a strong social conscience, taking readers into the Pori night in all its colourful lights and inhabitants, tattooing it on to the reader’s skin.

The Liberator is the fifth book in the acclaimed River Delta series, which has seen commercial success and garnered praise from readers and critics alike, both at home and abroad. Set in the city of Pori by the Gulf of Bothnia, a Finnish police unit has to solve crimes that force them to consider their own acts and values. In turn, each of the officers of the unit is centered in the narration, having to face their own ghosts from the past. Each novel can be read as a standalone.

Leo Koski #3: The Eagle

Tuomas Oskari

A desperate father, an unhinged president, and a conspiracy to change the world.

  • For fans of Dan Brown and David Baldacci! The Eagle is the third, fully independent book!
  • A fast-paced international thriller with a murder mystery in the White House.

Former prime minister of Finland Leo Koski is a 39-year-old single dad, done with politics and traumatized by the murder of his true love. As the populist US president Chester Tyler is withdrawing the United States from NATO, Koski is forced to return to the White House for one more meeting.

Things unravel when the president is poisoned. Koski is faced with a horrible choice between his daughter’s life and the security of Europe. With the New York Times reporter Ashley Pegula by his side, Koski has only a few hours to find out who poisoned the president. And why?

Perfect for anyone looking for a smart and fast-paced thriller, The Eagle is the third, fully independent book in the Leo Koski series. The previous titles Their Turn to Burn and The Act of Gladius have been acquired by Bastei Lübbe in Germany and Their Turn to Burn was chosen as the BookBeat Newcomer of the Year for 2021!

PINE BARK
KAARNA
WSOY, 2024, 205 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English sample and synopsis
Finnish edition

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FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)

 

HYENA DAYS
HYEENAN PÄIVÄT
Tammi, 2024, 281 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English sample and synopsis
Finnish edition

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

 

A DISOBEDIENT GIRL
HUONO TYTTÖ
Like, 2023, 295 pp.

READING MATERIALS
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Finnish edition

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Like (orig.)

 

HOW WE MET YOUR MOTHER
HUR MAN MÖTER EN MAMMA
Förlaget, 2024, 240 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English sample and synopsis
Swedish edition

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Förlaget (orig. Finland-Swedish), Otava (Finnish)

 

RIVER DELTA #5: THE LIBERATOR
VAPAHTAJA
WSOY, 2023, 366 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English sample and synopsis
Series presentation
Finnish edition

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
DENMARK: Modtryk
FRANCE: La Martinière
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
ITALY: Piemme
NETHERLANDS: De Fontein
SLOVENIA: Litera
SWEDEN: Lind & Co

FILM & TV: Lucy Loves Drama

 

LEO KOSKI #3: THE EAGLE
KOTKA
Otava, 2024, 363 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English sample and synopsis
Finnish edition

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe