Feb 022015

Have you pre-ordered BLACK HOOD #1 yet from Dark Circle Comics yet? Read what the critics are saying! @drkcirclecomics 

Tremendously excited for the first issue of The Black Hood, which will be available the same week as Duane Swierczynski’s new novel, Canary

Today’s the last day to call up your local comics store to ensure that they’ll have a copy waiting for you on February 25th. 

Jan 132015
First Alert: 8 Top-Shelf Crime Yarns to Help You Ring in 2015 | Kirkus:

On Kirkus’s list of books that are heating up this winter: Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell, The Kings of London by William Shaw, Lamentation by C.J. Sansom, and Canary by Duane Swierczynski.

Dang. 2015 is so awesome.

Dec 242014
This is a Bust:


Here’s an excerpt from my novel Canary, out from Mulholland Books on February 24, 2015.

Our narrator is Sarie Holland, who’s just realized she has taken her sort-of boyfriend on a drug run. While he’s out getting take-out food, she’s left to circle the block. And then…



Stop what you’re doing and read this right now, and you’ll understand why February 24th can’t come quickly enough. 

Nov 202014

Michael Connelly and Sebastian Rotella

Sebastian Rotella signing galleys of his forthcoming novel, The Convert's Song.

Richard Lange

Sebastian Rotella and Simon Wood

David Morrell signing galleys of his forthcoming novel, Inspector of the Dead.

Duane Swierczynski's signing line for CANARY

Oh, don’t mind us. Just looking over our photos from Bouchercon while listening to sad jazz and missing our authors. :’-(

Nov 132014
My newest book, the short story anthology Everybody Lies, is finally out. It's available here - and of course it's in Finnish and the actual title is Kaikki valehtelevat, which is the literal translation of James Reasoner's story in the book.

The book consists of some 20 criminous short stories from writers like Reasoner, Jason Starr, Kevin Wignall, Duane Swierczynski, Vicki Hendricks and Patricia Abbott. All of the stories came previously out in my mags Isku, Ässä and Seikkailukertomuksia (= Adventure Stories), that were self-published pastiches of old-time crime rags. All the translations have been edited and proofread carefully. It's a nice and varied collection of new hardboiled and noir writing, especially since almost none of these writers are available in Finnish at the moment. Most of the stories were translated by me, but some of them were translated by some of my talented friends, namely Antti Autio, Tapani Bagge, Sonja Lahdenranta and Lotta Sonninen. Thanks for them for the big help! 

The beautiful cover was envisioned by a friend of mine, Jenni Jokiniemi, who works as a designer. This was her first book cover, if I understood correctly. I hope to collaborate with her more in the future. 

Here's the table of contents. 

I'm actually doing another collection in the same vein, of the flash fiction stories I published in Ässä. I've been asking for permissions from writers, but not all have responded. If you read this and remember having received an e-mail or a Facebook message from, please do respond!