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8-ball is a crime movie, based on author Marko Kilpi's crime novel The land of the living which was honored 2012 with Savonia prize for literature. More information about the movie 8-ball was released in Finland 22.2.2013.


Official 8-ball music video


buecher_abbildung_45000399_big.jpgOlli Repo, once a high-earning advertising professional and now a mentor for young police trainees, is faced by a wave of violent crime: A man tortures himself and forces others to watch, a young woman brutally takes her own life after a chase, and former Big Brother candidate Sami disappears without a trace.
It proves difficult for Olli to focus on these events, however, as his current protégé Heikki shows little awareness of his responsibilities as a future policeman. Quite the opposite in fact – during an assignment, Heikki goes berserk and turns out to be extremely violent.
On top of all this, the journalist Saastamoinen is breathing down his neck. It almost seems as if she knows in advance what’s going to happen. And her coverage bears consequences. For fifteen minutes of fame, no crime is too terrible it seems – can Olli prevent the worst?
Die Verschwundenen (The Disappeared) by Marko Kilpi was created in response to the shooting rampages at Finnish schools and celebrity hype pushed by the media. A gripping novel on the absurdity of the desire for fame and the outcome of simmering violence.

The Disappeared is shortlisted for the Finlandia Prize 2009. The jury praised The Disappeared as follows:

kadotetut.bmp"Kilpi’s book blows away the accepted conventions of the detective genre. In it, crime solving is not presented as the pursuit of a criminal, in the form of an intellectual puzzle. Instead, the crime is looked at as a serious social phenomenon with psychological, human and moral undertones. A violent criminal is seen as a psychologically abnormal person who is prompted to carry out his crimes by today's media society, the police are described as psychologically stressed individuals who have to deal with the human pain and cruelty that results from violent crime, and the victim is viewed as something other than just an individual who is rescued or dies - the possibility is considered that despite being “rescued”, the victim ends up having lasting psychological damage as a result of his ordeal that prevents him ever living a normal life again. Kilpi’s novel shows us how traumatic violent crime can be to all those who come in its path."

The Disappeared takes issue with the malaise of the youth and our harsh life values. The book manages to describe people's feelings and motives with sensitivity. This detective story is liked by many readers."

“The book is a veritable horn of plenty in the way that it takes issue with the phenomena of the day. It portrays the murky underside of the small-time celebrity cult that is promoted by tabloid press, the indifference of career parents, and the instrumental nature of life itself. Kilpi has plenty to say about all these things, but the real brilliance of the novel lies in its ability to establish a link between the different elements and the recent high school killings. Marko Kilpi offers a believable portrayal of the background from which future mass murderers emerge to commit their crimes.”
Kansan Uutiset

Shortlisted for Finlandia-prize 2009
Shortlisted for Savonia-prize 2009
Kuopio art society Minna-prize 2010

Crime novel
approx. 352 pages, gebunden mit Schutzumschlag
approx. EUR 19.99, sFr. 28.90
ISBN 978-3-89425-666-1
Original edition
Date of publication: by September 2011
Translated from the Finnish by Gabriele Schrey-Vasara


elavien_kirjoihin.jpgMarko Kilpi's third crime novel, Among the Living, follows the police at close quarters in their battle against the drug trade. Senior detective Olli Repo's new partner is an experienced officer who uses unorthodox methods and likes to act rather too independently. This results in internal conflicts.

Kilpi can also identify with hardened criminals. Pike is the queen of the neighbourhood drug trade, who gives birth to a baby boy in prison. Upon her release, Pike wants to live an ordinary life. She learns to shop and goes
for walks with her baby in a pram. Everything is difficult however. And Pike cannot escape from her son's father, Lalli. Is it possible to start afresh when your have a tainted past?

Marko Kilpi's unique approach and ability to identify with the characters
makes him an exceptional crime writer. Kilpi's narration of the police work
is far from superficial: he makes his readers think deeply about difficult
ethical questions, takes a closer look at familiar values, and tackles some
of the most acute problems of our society.

Introduction video from Among the living



Where: cafeteria at Sokos department store in Jyväskylä (next to the book department). When: 11 November 2010 at 6pm. Books discussed at the meeting: The Lost, Constable Kontio, Streetmurder. See you at the event!


eBooks are coming! The Disappeared has now been published as an eBook. You can access The Disappeared eBook on the Academic Bookshop website by clicking here.

The Disappeared is also available as a talking book, which can be accessed by clicking here.

See the introduction video here!


kontiohaastattelu.bmpHelsinki Book Fair was once again a huge success. The Fair was visited by a record number of nearly 80,000 people. There were almost one thousand exhibitors and literary guests, among them Marko Kilpi. All of Marko's appearances took place on Saturday, and his timetable, at the end of this report, was really hectic.

Constable Kontio participated at the Book Fair for the first time. Kilpi was accompanied by the book’s illustrator, Janne Markkanen. The first performance took place on the Z. Topelius stage at 11.30am. Besides being able to chat with the author, members of the audience were presented with a free Constable Kontio safety waltari.bmpreflector.

On the Mika Waltari stage Marko Kilpi appeared with Kari Häkämies. Matti Yrjänä Joensuu was also supposed to take part, but cancelled his appearance. Despite the cancellation, the room was full.

In Elisa’s section Kilpi was interviewed by Tuomas Enbuske about Outbreak, and in particular about the new talking book of the title. Outbreak has been published as a talking book, but elisa.bmpnow also as an eBook. The talking book is wonderfully read by Niko Saarela. The talking book is 12 hours and 7 minutes long.

The interview can be seen by clicking here.

The day ended with two joint appearances with Jarkko Sipilä, one for the Suomalainen Kirjakauppa book shop and one for the publisher Gummerus. In the German Library section Kilpi was interviewed about his recent book tour of Germany. The tour was positive, interesting and, above all, educational, and the author would like to repeat it as soon as possible.

Marko Kilpi: Konstaapeli Kontio – Näkymätön vaara (Constable Kontio – A Hidden Danger)/Detective Saturday 2010 programme (Gummerus)

11.30-12.00 Z. Topelius, interview by Petri Koikkalainen (Konstaapeli Kontio)
12.00-12.25 Loisto 6a37 meet the author/book signing (The Lost)
12.30-13.00 Mika Waltari/Detective Saturday, interview by Keijo Kettunen. Joint appearance with Kari Häkämies.
13.00-13.30 Gummerus 6c55, meet the author/book signing (Konstaapeli Kontio),
13.45-14.00 Elisa 6k48, meet the author/book signing (The Lost), interview by Tuomas Enbuske.
14.15-14.45 Suomalainen Kirjakauppa 6k49, interview by Mikko Aarne. Joint appearance with Jarkko Sipilä.
15.30-16.00 German Library’s exhibition stand 6m26, meet the author/book signing.
16.00-16.30 Gummerus 6c55, meet the author/book signing. Joint appearance with Jarkko Sipilä.

See you at the Fair!

Helsinki Book Fair 2010


herford.jpgA German book tour was organised at the end of September/beginning of October in partnership with translator Gabriele Schrey-Vasara. The first date of the tour was staged in Berlin on 27 September 2010, and we couldn’t have wished for a finer opening. The venue was packed and the audience seemed particularly engaged and interested. After the event, guests were served wine and enjoyed the opportunity for open discussion.

The tour had a very tight schedule and covered one city per day. Longer distances flew by on high-speed trains which could reach up to 300 km per hour, and at no stage were there any hitches in the organisation of the events. Everything happened with German effectiveness and punctuality.


Tour locations:

- Berlin
- Bad Segeberg
- Kiel
- Düsseldorf
- Herford
- Frankfurt
- Wiesbaden



German publisher Grafit Verlag has purchased the translation rights to Marko Kilpi’s novel Kadotetut (The Disappeared). Grafit published Kilpi’s debut novel, Jäätyneitä ruusuja (Frozen Roses) in German in spring 2010. The work was received with great enthusiasm and reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. The Lost will be published in Germany in autumn 2011.

Grafit publisher
Stilton literary agency
Gummerus/The Lost

Please also see the book introduction video


The Glass Key Prize for the best crime novel of 2009 in the Nordic countries was awarded in Reykjavik, Iceland. This year’s nominees were: avain03.jpg                       

- Johan Theorin, Sweden – Night Storm
- Lene Kaaberböl and Agnete Friis, Denmark - Drengen i kuffertena
- Vidar Sundstölin, Norway - Drömmenes land
- Arnaldur Indridason, Iceland - Hardskafi
- Marko Kilpi, Finland – Frozen Roses

The Glass Key Prize was awarded to Johan Theorin, who also won the Golden Dagger Prize in Great Britain for the best foreign crime novel of 2010. Nominees on that occasion included Stig Larsson.


The authors Kilpi and Theorin relaxing in Blue Lagoon Spa after the previous evening’s prize-giving gala. The situation was made all the more remarkable by the significant earthquake that shook the Spa during the swim; shattering their already contorted perception of time and place.  

The Glass Key Prize is awarded annually to the best Nordic crime novel. A Finnish author has taken home the Prize once; in 2007 Matti Rönkä accepted it for his novel Ystävät kaukana (Friends Afar). An international crime literature conference was taking place at the same time in Reykjavik, which drew a vast audience of dedicated fans from around the world, including Japan and the United States.

Introduction video is released

This video is a introduction video about Marko Kilpi's crime novels. It's produced by Mediafactory inc.