New releases and praise for Harri Nykänen!

NykanenApr162015Well-known crime writer Harri Nykänen has recently been garnering praise for both his latest novel, To Earth Again (Crime Time 2014), a dark and wryly humorous suspense story set in the Finnish Lapland, and Behind God’s Back (WSOY 2009), part of his Ariel Kafka detective series starring a Helsinki-based Jewish policeman.

Behind God’s Back was published in the UK in January and in the U.S. in February of this year by Bitter Lemon Press. It has been received enthusiastically by critics in both countries.

Praise for Behind God’s Back:

“A mixture of Jo Nesbø’s portraits of Nordic political corruption with Jerome Charyn’s waggish Borscht Belt tales of Isaac Sidel.”
Kirkus Reviews, USA

“This is Nordic crime fiction at its understated end – there’s none of the gory violence you’ll find elsewhere in the genre. Nykänen is more interested in picking at the intersections of politics, religion and business, and how the lines of power all lead back to the same place…Kristian London’s translation captures Nykänen’s subtle humour well.”
The Skinny, The UK

“In Nykänen’s intricately plotted second Ariel Kafka novel to be published in English (after 2012’s Nights of Awe), the Helsinki Violent Crimes Unit cop looks into the shooting murder of Jewish businessman Samuel Jacobson, whose daughter he once dated… the sympathetic Kafka manages to perform a delicate balancing act on his way to an unexpected resolution.”
Publishers Weekly, USA

“Once again I’m smitten. When a detective noir is told in the first person it’s important to be able to engage with the narrator, and Ari is a very engaging chap.”
Book Bag, the UK

In Finland, critics are calling Nykänen’s newest book his best yet. To Earth Again (Crime Time, fall 2014) is a standalone thriller about a gaming industry millionaire who purchases a large estate in Lapland and begins to gradually uncover a horrific secret.

Praise for To Earth Again:

“Nykänen is a pro…his characters are drawn sparingly but fully, and the end conclusion isn’t unbelievable in spite of being shocking. He also describes Lapland in a lively manner, avoiding needless exoticism.”
Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“The tension builds from one page to the next, at times to the point of chilling. The structure holds together until the very end, and the result is Nykänen’s best work to date.”
Apu magazine, Finland

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Original publisher: FINLAND, Crime Time
CZECH, Euromedia (Raid)
ESTONIA, Koolibri (Raid)
ISRAEL, Steimatsky (Ariel)
ITALY, Atmosphere di Libri (Ariel)
RUSSIA, Text Publishers (Ariel)
UK, Bitter Lemon Press (Ariel)

Reading materials:
English editions of Nights of Awe & Behind God’s Back (Ariel Kafka series)
Finnish edition of To Earth Again
Full English synopsis of To Earth Again

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

Harri Nykänen


Harri Nykänen is an industrious novelist who draws on his 20 years of experience as a crime reporter at Helsingin Sanomat, the largest daily in the Nordic countries. An author since 1986, he has written dozens of books portraying the customs and rules of the Helsinki underworld – through the eyes of both criminals and members of the police force. Nykänen has won the Finnish crime writing award The Clue twice, and was nominated for the Glass Key for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel in 2004.

Bibliography


Harri Nykänen

Ariel 5: The Lion King

2015, Crime & Suspense


Harri Nykänen

Ariel 4: Holy Ceremony

2011, Crime & Suspense


Harri Nykänen

Holy Ceremony

2011, Crime & Suspense


Harri Nykänen

Ariel 3: In the Middle on Nowhere

2009, Crime & Suspense


Harri Nykänen

Ariel 2: The Spider Woman

2005, Crime & Suspense


Harri Nykänen

Ariel 1: Night of Awe

2004, Crime & Suspense

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Harri Nykänen’s latest Ariel Kafka novel entertains Nordic crime fans

Nykanen newsletter 140204The Lion King (Leijonakuningas, Crime Time 2013), crime novelist and veteran journalist Harri Nykänen’s fifth entry in the Ariel Kafka series starring a Helsinki-based Jewish policeman, was on the year-end reading lists of literary bloggers around Finland. Many praised this cool-headed mystery in which Kafka investigates the sudden death of a two-time winner of the World’s Strongest Man competition.

”Finland is home to many talented crime authors, and Nykänen is one of the best… he writes with relaxed skillfulness, and his background as a reporter is noticeable. He has a mastery of language and dialogue, the plot proceeds logically, pieces of the puzzle fit together and the end conclusion is believable,” wrote Kirjabrunssi (“Book Brunch”) blog.

“The Lion King was a positive and entertaining reading experience nicely garnished by familiar locations,” wrote Nenä Kirjassa (“Nose in Book”) blog.

”As the father of the Raid and Johnny & Banzo [series], it wasn’t immediately obvious to me that now would be Ariel’s turn. All of my children are equally dear to me, but on occasion one of them becomes more beloved than the others….this time the building blocks of my story came from tabloid headlines…from the beginning it was clear to me that this story would fit Ariel best,” Nykänen himself wrote on the blog of CrimeTime publisher in late 2013.

Nykänen, who has been nominated for several crime book awards, is also known for his 10-part Raid series that has been adapted for film and television.

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HARRI NYKÄNEN
CZECH, Euromedia (Raid)
ESTONIA, Koolibri (Raid)
ISRAEL, Steimatsky (Ariel)
ITALY, Atmosphere di Libri (Ariel)
RUSSIA, Text Publishers (Ariel)
UK, Bitter Lemon Press (Ariel)
Original publisher: FINLAND, Crime Time

Harri Nykänen’s works have also been published in:
German, Swedish, English (U.S)

Reading materials:
Finnish edition
English sample

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

Harri Nykänen


Harri Nykänen is an industrious novelist who draws on his 20 years of experience as a crime reporter at Helsingin Sanomat, the largest daily in the Nordic countries. An author since 1986, he has written dozens of books portraying the customs and rules of the Helsinki underworld – through the eyes of both criminals and members of the police force. Nykänen has won the Finnish crime writing award The Clue twice, and was nominated for the Glass Key for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel in 2004.

Bibliography


Harri Nykänen

Ariel 5: The Lion King

2015, Crime & Suspense


Harri Nykänen

Ariel 4: Holy Ceremony

2011, Crime & Suspense


Harri Nykänen

Holy Ceremony

2011, Crime & Suspense


Harri Nykänen

Ariel 3: In the Middle on Nowhere

2009, Crime & Suspense


Harri Nykänen

Ariel 2: The Spider Woman

2005, Crime & Suspense


Harri Nykänen

Ariel 1: Night of Awe

2004, Crime & Suspense

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