Author: Marko Leino
 
 
Marko Leino is the “Gold Finger” of the Finnish film industry. The biggest Finnish box office hits of recent years were based on his scripts. Leino also writes damn good crime novels. Leino has studied all genres of writing. His first book, a collection of short stories called Miehen tehtävä (A Man’s Work) (1999), was awarded the Kalevi Jäntti prize for young authors. Since then, Leino has written children’s books, plays, novels and poetry.

Despite his success on the big screen, Leino sees novel as the most interesting art form.
“A novel needs no intermediaries - it reaches its audience directly. The author shoulders all the responsibility, including possible failure. It is a more intimate form of expression, a direct message from the brain of the author to the brain of the reader. A novel also contains more space, and it affords the author an opportunity to create the right kind of atmosphere, or to revisit emotionally significant places. A film is carried mainly by the characters’ actions and facial expressions.”

As a crime writer Leino is not in first place intersted to know who the culprit is. He wants his crime novels to be a study of moral questions. What is guilt? What is right, what is wrong? How does crime affect us as people? Leino is not intersted in super heroes who dash through a novel with blazing guns, saving the world. “Super heroes can be incredibly boring if they are without something significant to say. The plot is not a key factor of a successful novel, the characters are,” Leino explains.

Marko Leino writes all manner of stories and wants to experiment with different kinds of genres. Leino explains that he has never liked the way fiction is described as serious or light-hearted. “Nowadays characters of many detective stories may be rendered more deeply and more realistically than some so-called serious novels.”




 

"The exciting storyline is complemented by Leino’s cleverly outlined characters and, above all, by his ability to describe a world that is not black and white. Throughout the story, the reader has to consider the area between good and bad, between right and wrong. Leino's earlier detective novel, Suspicion, was unique. In Trap, Leino tightens his grip of the genre even further, and so claims his place among the top few Finnish crime story writers."
- Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)
"Marko Leino cannot, of course, deny his Finnish background and cultural roots: his characters drink like Matti Nykänen, the plot is as strangely melancholic as any by Arto Paasilinna, many episodes in the story are as bizarre as scenes from an Aki Kaurismäki film, and like Taavi Soininvaara and Ilkka Remes, he pits small-time Finnish gangsters against professional foreign criminals (often from the former Soviet Union). That said, Marko Leino is not simply a collage of Finnish odds and ends – for that his writing is simply too good, his sensibility too finely-tuned, his intellect too sharp. His criminal traps, (with the exception of the one in which Sari Viitasalo is caught) are metaphors for the kind of pitfalls that we ourselves could fall into through greed, addiction and ambition. A crime thriller with true depth – simply gripping."
- Echo online (Germany)