Pekka Hiltunen is a Finnish author, whose debut novel in 2011
immediately became one of the most acclaimed first novels in
Finnish literature. The psychological thriller Cold Courage was
nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Prize for Best Debut of the
Year, a rare feat for a thriller. It won three literary prizes in Finland,
including the Clue Award for Best Detective Novel of the Year, and
it has been nominated for the Scandinavian Glass Key Award 2013.
Critics have pointed out that Hiltunen’s thrillers, called the
Studio-series, started a whole new phase in Finnish crime lit. They
combine global political topics with a smart urban setting and
a nod to classical trickster novels.
Hiltunen also writes in other genres, and his books have been
translated into six languages, including French and German. His
forthcoming work BIG deals with the tricky problem of the worldwide
obesity epidemic. Following a twenty-year career as a journalist
in 2010 he received the Best Writing Editor Prize for his
magazine articles. He specialises in extensive articles tackling social
and political topics.