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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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....”
“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.”
|Shortlisted for the Book of the Year award Sweden||2017|
|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|
Fredrik Backman’s Beartown and Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst have both been shortlisted for Bonnier’s Book Clubs’ Book of the Year award. Bonnier’s Book Clubs is the home of five Swedish book clubs, among them the biggest one in Sweden. The winning book and author will be announced during the Gothenburg Book Fair, on September 29th.
To vote for your favorite, click “Read more” below.
Published in Greece on Friday last week, Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst is No. 1 on the Greek bestseller list this week.
Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst was published in Croatia last week and is No. 1 on the Croatian bestseller list this week. Italy published the novel late last month and it has reached the No. 2 spot on Italy’s official bestseller list for hardcover fiction, all genres, and No. 1 on the Italian e-book list, all genres.
Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst continues to top the bestseller lists, hitting No. 1 also in Slovakia and Poland. The novel is now No. 1 in five countries: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia and Poland.
Jo Nesbø’s I Am Victor has been acquired by Fredrik Wikström Nicastro at SF Studios, who will produce the project together with Icelandic director and producer Baltasar Kormákur for RVK Studios. Kormákur (Everest, Contraband, 2 Guns) is also attached to direct and James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are adapting the screenplay. Jo Nesbø and Niclas Salomonsson are Executive Producers on the project.
Purvis and Wade have been the 007’s go-to scriptwriters going back to 1999’s The World Is Not Enough. Their last feature collaboration was on 2015’s Spectre, and they are thought to be reteaming on Bond 25.
I Am Victor is an upcoming novel by Jo. It’s a thriller about a skilled but morally corrupt and narcissistic divorce attorney. When he finds himself framed for a series of brutal murders, he embarks on his own investigation to find the killer.
Read more in Deadline Hollywood by clicking “Read more” below.
It’s now official that the film rights to Jo Nesbø’s critically acclaimed, stand-alone novel Blood on Snow have been acquired by Tobey Maguire’s production company MATERIAL and Lawrence Grey’s Grey Matter Productions.
Together with Maguire’s MATERIAL partner Matthew Plouffe, they will produce a feature film adaptation with actor and producer Tobey Maguire looking to direct the project.
Jo Nesbø will adapt the screenplay based on his own book. Nesbø and Niclas Salomonsson are Executive Producers on the project.
Read more in Deadline Hollywood by clicking “Read more” below.
Jo Nesbø’s eleventh installment in the Harry Hole series, The Thirst, has upon publication gone straight to No. 1 in all three territories of Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst, the eleventh installment in the Harry Hole series, was published by Modtryk in Denmark last week and is No. 1 on this week’s official bestseller list for hardcover fiction.
Today marks the beginning of the world launch of Jo Nesbø’s highly anticipated eleventh installment in the Harry Hole series, The Thirst. The novel is published in Norway, Sweden and Denmark today and 18 more markets will follow in the coming months. Within the coming year, the novel will be published in a total of 34 languages.
The Thirst continues the story of No. 1 bestseller Police, Harry Hole’s last outing in 2013, which saw the maverick cop protecting those closest to him from a killer wreaking revenge on the police.
The Thirst will see Harry drawn back to the Oslo police force when a serial killer begins targeting Tinder daters with a signature killing method that leads Harry on the hunt for a nemesis from his past.
The eleventh Harry Hole novel is already breaking records: the first print-run in Norway of The Thirst will be 300 000 copies, the largest ever in Norwegian publishing history.
The Thirst is being published in Norway on March 21st. The launch event for The Thirst starts March 20th, at 22:30p.m. Readers will be able to purchase a copy as soon as the clock strikes midnight.
Lars Kepler’s sixth novel in the Joona Linna series, The Rabbit Hunter, claims the No. 1 spot on the official Swedish bestseller list for fiction this February, with Leif GW Persson’s Can One Die Twice? following at No. 2. On the paperback list Ingar Johnsrud comes in at No. 3 with Those Who Follow, the first installment in his Fredrik Beier series.
The bestseller list for audiobooks is topped by Liza Marklund’s The Final Word, the eleventh and final novel featuring Annika Bengtzon. No. 2 on the list is Hjorth & Rosenfeldts Those Who Failed, and No. 3 is Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun. Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter makes a second appearance on the February list, on the audio book list’s No. 4 spot.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 has been awarded with the Riverton Honor Prize, the most prestigeous crime writing award in Norway. Previous recipients include Maj Sjöwall and Henning Mankell.
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.
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.
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.
For more information, please see the article in The Wrap by clicking “Read more” below.
Norma by Sofi Oksanen is No. 3 on the official Finnish bestseller list this month. Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun and Blood on Snow is No. 2 and No. 4 respectively and Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Delete is No. 3 on the Finnish bestseller list for translated fiction. Jo Nesbø’s The Son is No. 2 on the paperback list.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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”.
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 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.
Jo Nesbø’s Swedish publisher Piratförlaget has produced a book trailer for the publication of Blood on Snow.
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’s Blood on Snow is No. 1 on the Hungarian bestseller list.
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 has been awarded the St. Petersburg Reads Award 2014 for ‘Best International Author of the Year’ for his crime novel Police.