March 10th, 2011
Nordic countries will be the theme at the Paris Book Fair, 18–21 March. Stilton will also attend the fair. You can meet us at the agents' centre, X80.

One of the authors from Finland appearing at the festival is the crime fiction author Matti Rönkä. Rönkä's first novel featuring the main character Viktor Kärppä was just published in France. The title of the French edition is Frontière blanche. (Publisher: L'Archipel, translator: Johanna Kuningas)

Matti Rönkä can bee seen on Sunday 20th of March:

13:30-12:30
Crime without borders @ stand ‘SCÈNE DES AUTEURS’ at Salon du livre
Hosted by Guy Konopnicki from du weekly newspaper Marianne.
Together with: Pablo de Santis (Argentina), Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Iceland), Johan Theorin (Sweden)

15:00-18:00
"Surging from the cold" @ CNL Auditorium - N 54
Meeting with Leif Davidsen, Knut Faldbakken, Arni Thorarinsson and Matti Rönkä, hosted by Frédéric Ferney, literary critic

February 06th, 2011
A tv-series based on a novels by crime fiction author Matti Rönkä starts today in Finland to great reviews. The main character, former KGB-agent Viktor Kärppä, is an Ingriam immigrant who was born and raised up in Soviet and later moved to Finland to start a new life as an honest business man. Unfortunately he cannot leave his past behind him. Instead he ends up in all kinds of strange situations when looking after his fellowimmigrants’affairs and conducting business on the fringes of the black market.

The books of Rönkä have been acknowledged especially for their humoristic language that contains a sharp societal point of view. Rönkä was awarded with the Finnish crime novel prize in 2006 as well as the German prize for crime fiction (Deutscher Krimi Preis) in 2008. Furthermore, Rönkä was awarded the Glass Key Award (Glasnyckel) in 2007.

See the trailer where the author himself talks about his main character Viktor Kärppä:
http://www.vimeo.com/6230839

July 28th, 2010
Matti Rönkä's first crime fiction novel A Man with a Killer's Face (Grenzgeval) was published in the Netherlands this spring. The novel has got great reviews in the Dutch press. Here are some apetisers:

"The dross of Finland

The epilogue of A Man with a Killer's Face, the first book by the Fin Matti Rönkä that was translated into Dutch, makes clear that some knowledge of the history of Finland comes in handy when you read this thriller. Rönkä writes that many Fins and other Finnish-Ugrian peoples have lived in Russia since the seventeenth century, particularly in the small strip north-east of Saint Petersburg. During and after the World Wars, these people have been moved from pillar to post. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, President Koivisto of Finland enabled these Fins to return to Finland. Some 30,000 Ingrians used that scheme although they hardly felt any connection with the country. This group caused many of the problems that we know so well from comparable migration waves in other countries. The Ingrians are the dross of Finland.

A Man with a Killer's Face is about such a type that falls betwixt and between – Viktor Kärppä, a Russian Fin who provides services to some non-descript gangsters and who also runs a private-detective agency. Kärppä is instructed to find the Estonian woman Sirje, sister of a Mafioso, but married to a decent antiquarian. Then he sticks his nose into affairs he’d better stayed away from. That is largely the line of this entertaining and well-written thriller that Rönkä uses to draw attention to the position of these new Fins. ’It makes me laugh when I read that the biggest welfare gap in the world is between Mexico and California’, comments Kärppä at a certain point. ‘What idiotic nonsense! In Värtsilä there is an entire ravine if you drive to Ruskeala. That’s where the begging and the filth starts, that’s where you find more dirty rags and tubercles than anywhere else.’" Boek

"A Man with a Killer's Face is an excellent hard-boiled Finnish crime story. Succinct writing with sudden twists and tough language." Parool

"[Viktor Kärppä] is an interesting, complex personality with his heart in the right place. A welcome addition to the Scandinavian thrillers. Good news that A Man with a Killer's Face is the first in a series." de Telegraaf



June 05th, 2010
By Tiina Kristoffersson

Matti Rönkä's first novel featuring former KGB agent Viktor Kärppä, A Man with a Killer's Face, was launched in Slovakia. Rönkä's Slovakian publisher Ikar arranged a big celebration with live music, local celebrities and lots of food. I don't know if it's a local tradition to baptize the book with vodka, but it sure looks like everybody's having fun.



January 21st, 2010
By Tiina Kristoffersson

Here is the new Dutch cover for Grensgeval (A Man with a Killer's Face) by Matti Rönkä. The book will be published by Q, an imprint at Querido, in April.

I think it's fascinating how the graphic designer compresses the whole story in one cover. I think that this graphic designer has found a good point of view to Matti Rönkä's stories. (If you click on the header "Grensgeval by Matti Rönkä" of this text, you will see the cover in bigger size.)



May 14th, 2009
Av Tiina Kristoffersson (Stilton Finland)

Smått avundsjukt har jag följt upp den svenska deckarframfarten i Europa och resten av världen. Den skandinaviska deckaren är ett varumärke i sig tack vare alla fantastiska Glasnyckeln-vinnare. Glasnyckeln har delats ut till den bästa nordiska kriminalromanen eller -novellsamlingen sedan 1992. Första Glasnyckeln delades ut till Henning Mankell. Sedan dess har Sverige fått Glasnyckeln sex gånger, Norge fem gånger, Danmark tre gånger och Island två gånger. När det gäller Island är det Arnaldur Indriðason som fått priset två gånger.

Finland fick delta i tävlingen första gången 1997. Jag förmodar att det var språket som gjorde att Finland hölls utanför de fem första åren. Än idag ska Finlands bidrag till tävlingen översättas först till svenska, norska eller danska. Om inte boken i fråga är skriven på svenska från första början, vill säga. Detta ställer naturligtvis krav på översättaren som sällan har överflödigt med tid på sig att genomföra översättningen. För att inte tala om en proffsig redaktör. Må hända är det just därför som jag inte direkt kan skryta med finska framgångar när det gäller Glasnyckeln. Det är väl lite som i schlagerfestivalen. Därför är jag extra stolt över att kunna presentera deckarvärldens egen Lordi, nämligen en äkta finsk Glasnyckeln-vinnare med en helt originell röst. Tio år tog det, och 2007 kammade Matti Rönkä hem priset. Året innan hade han vunnit Finlands eget Årets ledtråd-pris.

Rönkäs huvudperson, en fd. KGB-agent, Viktor Kärppä, är en underhållande figur. Han är född och uppvuxen i Sovjet men har flyttat till Finland som vuxen. Han vill så gärna skapa ett nytt liv som en hederlig affärsman i sitt nya hemland, men dess värre är det inte helt lätt att skaka av sig det gamla livet. Fyra böcker om Viktor Kärppä har det blivit och den femte boken på finska ges ut till hösten. I Tyskland har Viktor Kärppä tagits emot med öppna armar. Första romanen belönades med det prestigefyllda Deutscher Krimi Preis. Näst i tur står Holland. Vi får se hur länge det dröjer innan Viktor tar resten av Norden med storm. I väntan på det stora nordiska genombrottet, kan du kasta en blick på den här trailern:

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