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The Girl and the Bomb

Tyttö ja pommi

A dive into the world of graffiti painters, and
night-time roofs and alleys  that are controlled by laws of their own.


During the night, a small Finnish town changes into the kingdom of graffiti artists. One of them is a 19-year-old girl called Metro. Her worst enemies are CCTV cameras and security guards whom she calls Rats.

During one paint job at the railway yard, everything changes. Metro and her boyfriend Rust are surrounded by guards. From the roof, they drop Rust to his death. The event is considered an accident and the culprits get away with it. Bitter Metro decides to revenge her lover’s death.

Jari Järvelä’s fiery thriller The Girl and the Bomb dives into the world of graffiti painters and to night-time roofs and alleys that are controlled by different laws than those that rule in our cities. The Girl and the Bomb is the first part of the Graffiti Trilogy featuring Metro as the main character.


A feature film based on The Girl and the Bomb will be produced by Solar Films. The writer of the film manuscript is Jari Järvelä himself, whose list of works also contains a respectable amount of both radio and stage plays.


Rights sold

Czech (Argo)
English world (AmazonCrossing)
German (C. Bertelsmann)
Portuguese (Editorial Presença)


Reading materials

English edition
Finnish edition


Praise for the work

Finnish media on Tyttö ja pommi (Crime Time, 2014)

“If a literary prize sweepstake was organised, my bet would be that with the same novel, Järvelä would win both the Finlandia Prize and the Clue of the Year Award for the best detective story of the year. […] The Girl and the Bomb is a novel that can be enjoyed as an honest thriller, but it also brings a lot of joy to both friends of high culture and social activists. An exceptionally successful book.” – Kansan Uutiset newspaper

“Jari Järvelä’s debut thriller hits you like a sucker-punch. The energetic text takes you to a world where primitive reactions prevail and speed is a prerequisite for staying alive. A carefully ripened body of work full of stirring depiction of our time. Järvelä is at his punchiest.” – Etelä-Saimaa newspaper

”The Girl and the Bomb works. It has been written in a relaxed manner and funnily as well, and simultaneously in a way that it is almost impossible to put the book down. Järvelä’s text has a tight social and even political ethos.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

“The novel is fresh and appealing, and it takes a political stance – not matter-of-factly but in an assertive manner. The young artists win sympathy points, but their violent resistance is not directly justified. […] With his thriller, Järvelä hits at the core of current topics. I believe the novel will attract readers other than the impenitent friends of detective stories.” – Anu’s Amazing Travels literary blog

“I waited for the book for two weeks and read it in six hours. […] The book sucked me in. […] The read was an all-out, thrilling and manic experience. However, I am the most gratified about the fact that in just 20 hours, the book has messed up my head this way and filled it with strange thoughts. It has made me miss the seaside.” – Tillman literary blog

“The narration hooks the reader and tempts him to read the book in one sitting: the first-person narratives that drill into the minds of the graffiti artist and the security guard take the story forward by reciting the events in an overlapping manner on in succession. The characters of the book detach themselves from the paper and come to life because both Metro and Jere are such complex characters. The emotional and the family life of the narrators arouses empathy, and the way both of them tell their stories appeals to both to the heart and the brain. Slowly, as the story gathers speed, the dark tones of the characters turn black.” – Tuijata literary blog

“From the get-go, Järvelä takes the reader along in such a way that you really don’t want to put the book down. The Girl and the Bomb is an excellent novel. It offers action and suspense as well as fascinating character depictions from both sides of the graffiti culture. Another feather to add to Jari Järvelä’s cap.” – Kirjavinkit literary blog

German media on Weiß für Wut (carl’s books / C. Bertelsmann, 2016)