Jørn Lier Horst

Jørn Lier Horst (b. 1970) has with his award-winning novels about William Wisting joined the elite of Nordic crime fiction writers. Having worked as a head of investigations before becoming a full-time author, Horst brings a unique brand of suspense and realism to the table. Besides his novels for grown readers, Horst has gained recognition for his unparalleled ability to thrill also young readers with charming mysteries. His standing as the Norwegian king of crime fiction for all ages was cemented when he created the Detective Agency No. 2 and CLUE series, both the most popular children’s book series in their respective age categories.

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‘The Einstein Mystery’ published in Norway

Ceclia, Leo and Une are exploring the old outbuilding on the grounds of the guesthouse The Pearl. No one has opened the doors to the shed for tens of years, and there’s no telling what is in there. As it turns out, the outbuilding has been hiding some secrets, big and valuable ones, with ties back to when Albert Einstein himself was a guest at The Pearl. When he left the guesthouse, he left behind a riddle so complex that still no one has managed to solve it.

But maybe the Einstein mystery isn’t actually that difficult? Everything is relative, after all. Perhaps the reader will be able to solve the riddle before Cecilia, Leo and Une can?

The Einstein Mystery is the eleventh riveting mystery in the Norwegian hit series CLUE. The CLUE series’ name comes from the first letter in each protagonist’s name: Cecilia, Leo, Une, and Une’s dog Egon. In each of the series’ books a new mystery and a new ethical question is introduced along with the thoughts of one of the world’s most well-known philosophers. The CLUE books are best selling crime fiction for younger readers aged 9-12.

Jørn Lier Horst No. 2 in Greece

Jørn Lier Horst’s Closed for Winter makes yet another appearance on the international lists for most sold books, coming in at No. 2 on the bestseller list in Greece. Closed for Winter is the first book in the Wisting Quartet.

Jørn Lier Horst chosen as Krimfestivalen’s Guest of Honor

The Norwegian crime fiction festival Krimfestival - one of the foremost crime fiction festivals in the world according to The Guardian - has chosen Jørn Lier Horst as their Guest of Honor in 2017. This means that Jørn Lier Horst’s authorship and novels will be in focus during the entire festival as it takes place in Oslo during March 9-11, 2017.

Bobbie Peers and Jørn Lier Horst shortlisted for the Bokslukerprisen 2017

Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief and Jørn Lier Horst’s The Wolfhound Mystery have been shortlisted for the Bokslukerprisen 2017. The award is arranged by Foreningen !les in Norway and the winner is decided by five jury groups consisting of children in 6th grade. The award ceremony will be held in Oslo, on the 20th of April next year.

‘The Sea Serpent Mystery’ published in Norway

A ferocious storm has caused flotsam to wash up on the shores of Schooner Cove. Among the seaweed and kelp, driftwood and other jetsam Cecilia, Leo and Une find also a dead serpent, unusually large in size. Their find attracts a lot of attention, especially from the press who call it a “sea serpent”.

At the same time, one of the guests at The Pearl falls ill. The doctors say that she has been poisoned. Just as they are about to load her into an ambulance, the woman whispers something. It sounds like the word Phoneutria. Cecilia, Leo and Une discover that Phoneutria is the Latin name of one of the most venomous species of spider there is, but little do they know that the deadly arachnid is still hiding somewhere in The Pearl.

The Sea Serpent Mystery is the thrilling and chilling tenth book in the immensely popular CLUE series by Jørn Lier Horst. The CLUE series’ name comes from the first letter in each protagonist’s name: Cecilia, Leo, Une, and Une’s dog Egon. In each of the series’ books a new mystery and a new ethical question is introduced along with the thoughts of one of the world’s most well-known philosophers. The CLUE books are best selling crime fiction for younger readers aged 9-12.

Jørn Lier Horst presented with the Petrona Award 2016

Jørn Lier Horst is the winner of the Petrona Award 2016 for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year’ for his novel The Caveman. The jury motivates their choice of the novel and Jørn Lier Horst with the following official comment:

The Caveman is a gripping police procedural drawing on Jørn Lier Horst’s experiences as a murder detective. All the books in the ‘William Wisting’ series have had compelling narratives and The Caveman is no exception, exploring a Norwegian society where, in a supposedly close-knit community, a man can lie dead at home unnoticed and unmourned for weeks. Excellent plotting, well-drawn characters and writing of the highest quality make this book a worthy winner of the 2016 Petrona Award.”

Previous winners are Liza Marklund (2013), Leif GW Persson (2014) and Yrsa Sigurdardottir (2015).

Jørn Lier Horst’s William Wisting novels to become TV series

Bestselling author Jørn Lier Horst’s award-winning series about Police Inspector William Wisting is to be made into a TV series. The dramatization is a collaboration between Good Company Films and Cinenord, who will together create a six to ten episode series for an international audience. The William Wisting TV series is set to start shooting in the autumn of 2017.

The 2016 Petrona Award

Dark As My Heart by Antti Tuomainen and The Caveman by Jørn Lier Horst are both shortlisted for the Petrona Award 2016 for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year’.

In their comments, the judges praise Tuomainen’s “mesmerizing” Dark As My Heart, saying that “Rarely has atmosphere in a Nordic Noir novel been conjured so evocatively.”

The Caveman by Jørn Lier Horst receives equal acclamation in the jury’s motivations: “Beautifully written, this crime novel is a gripping read that draws on the author’s own experiences to provide genuine insights into police procedure and investigation.”

The winning novel will be announced on May 21st, 2016. The award will be the fourth one handed out since the Petrona Awards’ establishment in 2013. Its previous winners are Liza Marklund (2013), Leif GW Persson (2014), and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir (2015).

Jørn Lier Horst awarded with ‘Special Award for Excellence in Crime Fiction Writing’

Jørn Lier Horst, author of the Wisting Quartet, has been awarded the Special Award for Excellence in Crime Fiction Writing 2016. Presented by the city of Pila’s Chief of Police in connection with the Crime Fiction Festival held in the Polish city, the award was given to Horst for his “high level of artistry, aesthetic sensibility, and essential credibility in creating a literary image of police work.”

‘Ordeal’ tops both pocket and eBook bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst’s Ordeal, the fourth installment in his Wisting Quartet, comes in at No. 1 on both the pocket and eBook bestseller lists in Norway.

‘Ordeal’ No. 1 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s Ordeal, the fourth installment in the Wisting Quartet, is No. 1 on the Norwegian paperback bestseller list.

‘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.

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New Author - Jørn Lier Horst

Jørn Lier Horst (b. 1970) has with his award-winning crime fiction novels about police inspector William Wisting joined the elite of Nordic crime fiction writers. Having worked as a police officer and head of investigations before becoming a full-time author, Horst brings a unique brand of suspense and realism to the table, distinguishing himself as an expert observer of human interaction. With his books selling over a million copies in his home country alone, Horst has established himself as one of the most addictive voices to come out of Scandinavia.