Jo Nesbø

Jo Nesbø (b. 1960) is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as one of the leading crime writers in the world. He is recognized for having widened the scope of the thriller with his unusual literary qualities and ambitions, his psychological insights and his in-depth knowledge of life in a modern, globalized world. His books have garnered countless international awards, sold 33 million copies, and been translated into 50 languages. In addition to the Harry Hole series he is the author of stand-alone novels Headhunters and The Son, as well as several children’s books in the Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder series.

“Jo Nesbo is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero.”
Michael Connelly

“I am the world’s greatest living crime writer. [Jo Nesbø] is a man who is snapping at my heels like a rabid pitbull poised to take over my mantle when I dramatically pre-decease him.”
James Ellroy

“Many authors know how to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Jo Nesbo’s one of the few who keeps them there.”
Linwood Barclay

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo is relentless. His terrifying transformation of a childhood icon permeated my sleep. I started Redbreast but it was too much. I gave it to my guitarist Lenny Kaye and he was hooked. Now my band is reading Nesbo but I am too petrified to crack open the Phantom....”
Patti Smith

“Norway boasts Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Munch and the best-selling thriller writer Jo Nesbø as native sons.”
New York Times

“The next Munch or Ibsen could be Jo Nesbø ... And, if there’s any justice, one day Harry Hole will be just as big as Harry Potter.”
CNN

Awards

Shortlisted for The European Crime Fiction Star Award, The Riverton Honor Prize, The IcePick Award, Boréales Honorary Award, Shortlisted for the Ark’s Book of the Year Award, Shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Brage Prize, St. Petersburg Reads Award, Shortlisted for The IcePick Award, Martinus Readers’ Choice Award , Martinus Readers’ Choice Award, The Peer Gynt Prize, Shortlisted for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards, Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, Shortlisted for the Edgar Award, Shortlisted for the Macavity Awards, The Great Caliber Award of Honour, The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award, Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, The Norwegian Book Club Prize, Shortlisted for the Ark’s Children’s Book Award, The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize, The Norwegian Book Club Prize , Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, The Finnish Academy of Crime Writers’ Special Commendation, Shortlisted for the Ark’s Children’s Book Award, Best Norwegian Crime Novel Ever Written, William Nygaard Bursary, The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize, The Glass Key, The Riverton Prize See full list
Shortlisted for The European Crime Fiction Star Award Germany 2016
The Riverton Honor Prize Norway 2016
The IcePick Award (Best Translated Crime Novel) Iceland 2015
Boréales Honorary Award (for his entire literary work) France 2017
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Book of the Year Award 2015
Shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis (Best Crime & Thriller of 2015) Germany 2017
Shortlisted for the Brage Prize (Best Crime Novel) Norway 2017
St. Petersburg Reads Award (Best International Author of the Year) Russia 2014
Shortlisted for The IcePick Award (Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year) Iceland 2014
Martinus Readers’ Choice Award (Best Foreign Author of the Year) Slovakia 2014
Martinus Readers’ Choice Award (Best Novel of the Year) Slovakia 2014
The Peer Gynt Prize (for his international success and for putting Norway on the map of international literature) Norway 2013
Shortlisted for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards (The Bestseller Dagger) UK 2012
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger (Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year) UK 2012
Shortlisted for the Edgar Award (Best Novel of the Year) US 2010
Shortlisted for the Macavity Awards (Best Mystery Novel) US 2010
The Great Caliber Award of Honour (for his entire authorship) Poland 2010
The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Denmark 2009
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK 2009
The Norwegian Book Club Prize (Best Novel of the Year) Norway 2008
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Children’s Book Award (Best Children’s Book) Norway 2008
The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize (Best Novel of the Year) Norway 2007
The Norwegian Book Club Prize (Best Novel of the Year) Norway 2007
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK 2007
The Finnish Academy of Crime Writers’ Special Commendation (Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing) Finland 2007
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Children’s Book Award (Best Children’s Book) Norway 2007
Best Norwegian Crime Novel Ever Written (Awarded by the Norwegian Book Clubs) Norway 2004
William Nygaard Bursary Norway 2002
The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize (Best Novel of the Year) Norway 2000
The Glass Key (Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year) The Nordic Countries 1998
The Riverton Prize (Best Norwegian Crime Novel of the Year) Norway 1997
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Bibliography

Doctor Proctor

Blood on Snow

Harry Hole

Stand-alone

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Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes No. 1 and No. 2 in Norway

The official Norwegian bestseller list for November is in, and Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes top the Children’s Book list with their latest publications for kids. At No. 1 is Jo Nesbø’s Can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas?, published just at the start of the month, and at No. 2 comes Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Ghost, the tenth installment in the beloved Detective Agency No. 2 series.

‘Can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas’ published in Norway

Doctor Proctor, Lisa and Nilly are back in Can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas, a zany Christmas adventure from Norway’s most successful writer.

Can Doctor Proctor save Christmas? That is the question on everyone’s mind when Mr. Thrane buys the rights to celebrating Christmas and millions of children all over the world are in danger of never getting their presents. Together with Lisa and Nilly, Proctor has to ally with Father Christmas himself, who certainly isn’t the huggable, grandpa-like figure they thought he was.

Jo Nesbø one of Hollywood’s most powerful authors of 2016

The Hollywood Reporter has listed Jo Nesbø as number 15 on their list of the 25 most influential authors in entertainment 2016. Based on book sales, number of adaptations, projects in development, additional credits and cultural influence, the competition to make THR’s list of the most sought-after word nerds is tougher than ever.

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Denis Villeneuve reunite for Jo Nesbø’s ‘The Son’

Jake Gyllenhaal is reteaming with Sicario director Denis Villeneuve to bring Jo Nesbø’s crime novel The Son to the big screen. This will mark the third collaboration for Gyllenhaal and Villeneuve, following Prisoners and Enemy. Nine Stories’ producers Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker and Bold Film’s Michel Litvak are behind this project; Bold’s Gary Michael Walters is executive producing with Jo Nesbo and Niclas Salomonsson.

“Denis is one of the most inspiring filmmakers working today, and partnering with him on The Son represents everything that Jake and I strived for when we launched the company. Provocative and edgy material in collaboration with a visionary storyteller,” Marker said Thursday in announcing the project.

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Mila Kunis and Bryan Cranston to star in US remake of Jo Nesbø’s ‘Jackpot’

Mila Kunis and Bryan Cranston are attached to star in Jackpot with Will Gluck (Easy A) directing. Jennifer Garner is also in talks to join the ensemble. Jackpot is a remake of a 2011 Norwegian action comedy directed by Magnus Martens based on a Jo Nesbø story about a man who wakes up in a strip bar clutching a shotgun surrounded by dead men and police guns aimed at him.

Jo Nesbø shortlisted for The European Crime Fiction Star Award

Jo Nesbø is shortlisted for the most prestigious crime fiction award in Europe, The European Crime Fiction Star Award (The Ripper Award).

The award is handed out once every two years during the international crime fiction festival of Mord am Hellweg.

The European Crime Fiction Star Award honors a crime fiction author who has rendered outstanding services to crime literature in Europe. The prize will be awarded to a living contemporary author whose work testifies responsibility for crime literature in a special way, along with a lively and modern development of the genre. His/her work is of importance in Europe and/or has received significant reception.

The other nominees are Sebastian Fitzek, Arnaldur Indriðasons and Ingrid Noll. The winner will be announced in spring 2017 at the Mord am Hellweg festival.

Tyldum develops US remake of ‘Headhunters’

Oscar nominated director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) is looking to bring his breakthrough feature Headhunters, the hit Norwegian film based on Jo Nesbø’s novel with the same name, to the US. Tyldum is working with original Headhunters producer Yellow Bird to develop an american remake of this dark Norwegian crime comedy.

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‘Midnight Sun’ and ‘Three Seconds’ still on the Icelandic bestseller list

Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun and Roslund & Hellström’s Three Seconds are spending their fifth consecutive week on the bestseller list in Iceland. Midnight Sun steady at No.1 and Three Seconds now at No. 6.

‘Midnight Sun’ No. 4 on Los Angeles Times bestseller list

Jo Nesbø’s novel Midnight Sun, the thrilling standalone tale about a hitman fleeing a vindictive crime lord, is No. 4 on Los Angeles Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction.

Jo Nesbø awarded with the Riverton Honor Prize

Jo Nesbø has been awarded with the Riverton Honor Prize, the most prestigeous crime writing award in Norway. Previous recipients include Maj Sjöwall and Henning Mankell.

‘Midnight Sun’ and ‘Three Seconds’ still No. 1 and No. 2 in Iceland

Jo Nesbø’s standalone thriller Midnight Sun and Roslund & Hellström’s international bestseller Three Seconds is No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on the Icelandic bestseller list for the third consecutive week.

‘Midnight Sun’ and ‘Three Seconds’ No. 1 and No. 2 in Iceland

Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun and Roslund & Hellström’s Three Seconds currently top the Icelandic bestseller list at No. 1 and No. 2. Both paperbacks went straight to the top positions upon being published.

Jonas Karlsson in ‘The Snowman’ movie

It has just been announced that Jonas Karlsson will play one of the roles in Universal Pictures’ movie The Snowman based on Jo Nesbø's international bestseller, alongside Michael Fassbender (X-Men, Steve Jobs), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence, Antichrist) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation, The Girl on the Train). The film is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In) and is set to premier on October 13th, 2017.

Tomas Alfredson’s ‘The Snowman’ begins shoot with Michael Fassbender

The hotly anticipated adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s bestselling novel by the same title, The Snowman started shooting on Jan 18 in Oslo, Norway. In addition to Oslo, the film will also shoot in Bergen and Rjukan.

Directed by Tomas Alfredson and produced by Working Title for Universal, the film is set to be released on October 13, 2017. Playing the role of the protagonist Harry Hole is Michael Fassbender. The cast will also feature Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rebecca Ferguson.

Michael Fassbender is Harry Hole

It has just been announced that ‘The Snowman’, the movie based on Jo Nesbø’s novel with the same name, will premier in US theaters on Friday 13th, October 2017. Starring as detective Harry Hole is Michael Fassbender (X-Men, Steve Jobs) alongside co-stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation) and Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist, Independence Day: Resurgence).

The film is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In) and produced by Working Title Films in association with Another Park Film. The thriller is executive produced by Jo Nesbø, Niclas Salomonsson, Martin Scorsese, Tomas Alfredson, Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger.

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The Grand Audiobook Prize 2015

Kristina Ohlsson’s Mio’s Blues, Liza Marklund’s The Final Word, Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s Those Who Failed, Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Delete and Leif GW Persson’s The Bomb Maker and his Woman have been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the Crime & Thriller category. The Blue Star by Jan Guillou is shortlisted in the Literary Fiction category and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Glass Children and The Silver Boy are shortlisted in the Children’s & Young Adult category. The prize is awarded to the book and its narrator both, and the winners will be crowned in March 2016 at the Grand Audiobook Gala in Stockholm.

Patti Smith Grammy nomination for ‘Blood On Snow’

It has just been announced that Patti Smith is nominated for a Grammy in the ‘Best Spoken Word Album’ category for her performance as the narrator for the audiobook version of Jo Nesbø’s Blood on Snow. The other nominees are Jimmy Carter, Janis Ian and Jean Smart, Amy Poehler and Dick Cavett. The winner will be announced at the Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles on February 15th 2016. Listen to a clip from the audiobook here.

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‘Midnight Sun’ and ‘Ordeal’ shortlisted for Ark’s Book of the Year Award 2015

Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun and Jørn Lier Horst’s Ordeal have been shortlisted for the Norwegian bookseller Ark’s Book of the Year Award. The readers of Norway have together decided the list of nominees, who vary in genre as well as original language. The winner will be announced on December 10th.

‘Blood on Snow’ awarded The IcePick Award 2015

Jo Nesbø’s Blood on Snow has been awarded the IcePick Award for ‘Best Translated Crime Novel 2015’. The IcePick is an Icelandic award given to a translated crime novel and its translator by the Iceland Noir Festival, the Icelandic Crime Writers’ Association, and the Icelandic Association of Translators and Interpreters. Each year five crime novels are shortlisted, and this year two of the nominated titles were written by Jo Nesbø: Blood on Snow and Phantom. The other shortlisted novels were The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Alex by Pierre Lemaitre and Guiltless by Viveca Sten.

Jo Nesbø’s ‘The Son’ shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis

Jo Nesbø’s stand-alone thriller The Son has been shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis (Readers’ Choice Award) for ‘Best Crime & Thriller of 2015’. Der Leserpreis is the biggest people’s choice book award in Germany, and the winner will be announced on November 26th. The public can vote here until November 24th.

‘Midnight Sun’ and ‘The Son’ by Jo Nesbø are dominating the Czech bestseller lists

Jo Nesbø’s The Son was a steady No. 1 on the official Czech bestseller list for an entire month, only to be replaced by the author’s own new novel Midnight Sun two weeks ago. Midnight Sun is the highly anticipated follow-up to Nesbø’s Blood on Snow.

Jo Nesbø shortlisted for the Brage Prize

Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun is shortlisted for the highly regarded Brage Prize. The Brage Prize is Norway’s most prestigious literary award that is awarded annually by the Norwegian Book Prize foundation in the following categories: Fiction, Children’s literature, Non-fiction and an open class that varies each year. This year it is Crime literature.

An excerpt from the jury’s motivation reads: “Like Blood on Snow, this novel deviates from his earlier works in style and form. The novel is above all well-written, with an impeccable drive and excellent character, time and environmental depictions.”

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Oslo on December 8th 2015.

NORLA’s Translator’s Award 2015 to Eva Kaneva

It has just been announced that Jo Nesbo’s and Anne Holt’s Bulgarian translator Eva Kaneva has been awarded NORLA’s Translator’s Award 2015. Eva Kaneva was born in Bulgaria in 1985 and has a Master’s degree in translation and Nordic literature from the University of Sofia. Kaneva has achieved recognition as a talented young translator into Bulgarian. She has experience with translations of a range of different texts and the breadth of her professional expertise finds reflection in the diversity of authors and periods represented by the works she has translated.

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‘Midnight Sun’ No. 1 in Norway

Jo Nesbø’s highly anticipated novel Midnight Sun has gone straight to No. 1 on the Norwegian besteller list. The sequel to the groundbreaking Blood on Snow, Midnight Sun tells the story of Ulf, a secretive stranger seeking refuge among the native Sami and Læstadiansin of a small village in the far north.

‘Midnight Sun’ published in Norway

The highly anticipated follow-up to Jo Nesbø’s Blood on Snow has just been published in Norway. Midnight Sun tells the story of Ulf, a secretive stranger seeking refuge in a small village in the far north. He claims to be there for the hunting. Among the native Sami and the Læstadians, adherents of an old-fashioned form of Christianity, he discovers a culture that is both hospitable and exclusive, helpful and unfamiliar. The village sexton, Lea, lends him a rifle and a hunting cabin, where the midnight sun keeps him awake as he restlessly keeps watch on the monotonous expanse of the Finnmark plain. Slowly it dawns on Lea and her son Knut that Ulf isn’t a hunter but someone else’s prey. And that the hunters are on their way.

Jo Nesbø wins the fifth ‘Boréales Honorary Award’

Jo Nesbø will be travelling to Caen, France to accept the fifth Boréales Honorary Award in person when the award is presented in November. This year marks the 24th anniversary of the Boréales Festival.

Are you smarter than Jo Nesbø? The Guardian asks its readers

Alex Bellos, British writer and mathematical mysteries expert, challenged the readers of the Guardian to pit their intellect against that of Jo Nesbø in a brain-twister worth the name. Citing Nesbø as the only one to have ever succeeded in solving the puzzle right there in front of him, Bellos encouraged his readers to test their own detecting skills by taking on the classic Three Switches riddle. To see if your genius matches that of the Norwegian crime author, click “READ MORE”.

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Police ‘Best Novel of the Year’

Jo Nesbø’s Police, the tenth installment in the Harry Hole series, received the title of ‘Best Novel of the Year’ in Slovakia when the Slovaks made their voices heard in a readers’ poll.

Jo Nesbø ‘Foreign Author of the Year’

Jo Nesbø has been selected 2014’s 'Best Foreign Author’ in Slovakia. Going up against names like John Green and George R.R. Martin, Nesbø placed No. 1 when the readers of Slovakia chose their favorite author of the year.

Blood on Snow’s Swedish book trailer out now

Jo Nesbø’s Swedish publisher Piratförlaget has produced a book trailer for the publication of Blood on Snow.

Jo Nesbø fever in the Czech Republic

Jo Nesbø’s book signing and press event for his novel Police, the tenth installment in the Harry Hole series, saw an awe-inspiring number of fans crowding the streets of Prague. Over 1 500 readers lined up to receive the author’s autograph.

Jo Nesbø No. 1 in Hungary

Jo Nesbø’s Blood on Snow is No. 1 on the Hungarian bestseller list.

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Police No. 1 in the Czech Republic

Jo Nesbø’s Police, the tenth installment in the Harry Hole series, is for the third consecutive week No. 1 on the Czech bestseller lists for printed books and e-books.

Jo Nesbø winner of St. Petersburg Reads Award 2014

Jo Nesbø has been awarded the St. Petersburg Reads Award 2014 for ‘Best International Author of the Year’ for his crime novel Police.