The Smuggler’s Shack
- Children’s suspense
Jørn Lier Horst (b. 1970) has with his award-winning novels about William Wisting joined the elite of Nordic crime 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.
“Jørn Lier Horst writes some of the best Scandinavian crime fiction available. His books are superbly plotted and addictive, the characters wonderfully realized.”
|The Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Katharina-koden||2019|
|Longlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK – Katharina-koden||2019|
|Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year Sweden||2018|
|Longlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK||2017|
|Shortlisted for the Bokslukerprisen Award Norway – Ulvehundgåten||2017|
|Shortlisted for the Bookworm Award Norway – Rivertongåten||2016|
|The Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Hulemannen||2016|
|Special Award for Excellence in Crime Fiction Writing Poland||2016|
|Shortlisted for the Ark’s Book of the Year Award Norway – Blindgang||2015|
|The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award Sweden – Jakthundene||2014|
|Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Vinterstengt||2014|
|The Glass Key The Nordic Countries – Jakthundene||2013|
|Shortlisted for the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize Norway – Hulemannen||2013|
|The Riverton Prize Norway – Jakthundene||2012|
|The Vestfold Literature Prize Norway||2012|
|The Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize Norway – Vinterstengt||2011|
Jørn Lier Horst is the winner of the 2019 Petrona Award for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year’ for The Katharina Code. This marks the second time that Horst received the prestigious award - he first did so in 2016 with The Caveman.
The jury motivates their choice of the novel and Horst with the following official comment:
“From the code’s intriguing introduction in the novel’s opening pages to the duel of wits at its end, Jørn Lier Horst has crafted an outstanding and thrilling police procedural. The judges were particularly impressed with how the author takes established tropes – the ‘cold case’, the longstanding suspect, the dogged nature of policework – and combines them in ways that are innovative and fresh. The Katharina Code is the seventh novel in Horst’s ‘William Wisting’ series to be superbly translated by Anne Bruce from Norwegian into English, and a highly worthy winner of the 2019 Petrona Award.”
Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code has been longlisted for the prestigious 2019 CWA International Dagger Award. The winners of all the CWA Daggers will be announced at the Dagger Award Dinner in London, on October 24th.
Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code has been shortlisted for the Petrona Award 2019 for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year’.
The judges praise the novel, calling it a “finely plotted thriller with a strong sense of unresolved justice.” They also give the following glowing review of Horst’s novels about William Wisting: “Horst’s ‘William Wisting’ novels are distinguished by their excellent characterisation and strong plots.”
The Petrona Award’s winner will be announced on May 11th during the annual international crime fiction convention CrimeFest, held in Bristol.
Wisting premiered April 11 on Viaplay and became an immediate success. It is the most viewed drama series premiere in Norway, beating all other premieres for Viaplay originals in the Nordic countries.
Wisting has also received great attention in Nordic press as a whole, and been reviewed in newspapers all across Scandinavia:
“[Wisting] has everything that the wider crime audience would expect and like.”
“Wisting: A solid crime series with international potential. /…/ [Sven] Nordin is marvelous in the role of Wisting and plays him with an excellent mix of wisdom and weariness. /…/ Wisting has non-stop momentum from its first episode onwards.”
“Wisting has everything necessary to become this year’s big crime series. /…/ Series creators Kathrine Valen Zeiner and Trygve Allister Diesen have crafted a classic crime series with great audience potential.”
“Wisting […] is a sure winner. Jørn Lier Horst’s bestselling crime series about William Wisting has been made into a new, solid Nordic noir that will go right to the head of series addicts. /…/ We’re not just talking about excellent craftsmanship here; there’s also an embedded humor and a hint of welfare-society innocence.”
“[The series has] an intricate and riveting criminal mystery […], a brilliant Sven Nordin in the lead role, and satisfyingly frozen, atmospheric milieus wherein a variety of shady characters lure, and that radiates a Nordic, rural noir.”
Wisting is based on the best-selling novels of Jørn Lier Horst, and co-created and written by director Trygve Allister Diesen and Kathrine Valen Zeiner.
On Thursday, April 11, Wisting – the biggest budget Norwegian drama to date – will premiere on the SVOD platform Viaplay. Wisting is based on the best-selling novels of Jørn Lier Horst, and co-created and written by director Trygve Allister Diesen and Kathrine Valen Zeiner. The series stars The Matrix and Jessica Jones alum Carrie-Anne Moss and long-time Norwegian film and TV star Sven Nordin.
Wisting has already been praised in Dagbladet, one of Norway’s largest newspapers:
“[Wisting] is a tasteful hybrid of Nordic noir mixed with the often more sedate narrative style of the best crime series, created by among else British BBC. Adding to this a feather-light touch of Fargo, and placing it all in the small community of Larvik and its surroundings, makes it near waterproof. /.../ Wisting has the potential to become a Norwegian series winner, like [the Swedish] Wallander or Beck.”
- Dagbladet, 5 stars
The wait is almost over for this spring’s great crime drama Wisting, Norway’s biggest ever drama production. On April 11, two episodes will be released on the Viaplay streaming service, and the first episode will air on TV3 Norway.
The series is based on two of Jørn Lier Horst’s bestselling novels about policeman William Wisting: The Caveman and The Hunting Dogs. The much-anticipated crime series is directed by Trygve Allister Diesen, who is also the writer and creator together with Kathrine Valen Zeiner.
Jørn Lier Horst again nabs two of the top five spots on the official list for most sold children’s books in Norway this February. Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Sable Forest, the fifteenth Detective Agency No. 2 book, comes in first at No. 1. It’s followed by the thirteenth book in the CLUE series, The Smuggler’s Shack, which comes in at No. 4, staying put at the same position also this month.
Jørn Lier Horst’s Ordeal, the fourth installment in The Wisting Quartet, is now the No. 1 most sold book in Iceland, all formats.
Ordeal, the fourth installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s The Wisting Quartet, has gone straight to No. 1 on the Icelandic bestseller list for paperbacks.
The Smuggler’s Shack is a bonus volume in Norway’s most beloved crime fiction series for ages 9-12, CLUE. The story of Cecilia, Leo, Une and the dog Egon is concluded in this thirteenth and final book by bestselling Jørn Lier Horst.
The CLUE gang takes it upon themselves to investigate the mysterious Smuggler’s Shack out on Pinetree Island. Packing all the necessary supplies, the group heads off. But the visit to the island ends in failure and they’re unable to enter the shack itself. Its doors and windows have all been nailed shut and secured with heavy chains and padlocks. As they later review Leo’s film recording from the trip however, the group discovers something they didn’t notice while on the island. Something strange is definitely going on in the Smuggler’s Shack – and it’s up to them to return and find out what it is.
The last week of December - and 2018 - saw Lars Kepler’s Lazarus once again claim the No. 1 positions on the official Norwegian bestseller lists for hardcover and ebooks. Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’s Operation Junk Thief climbed the hardcover list to finally land at No. 4. The No. 4 spot on the ebook list was also claimed by a Jørn Lier Horst title: The Innermost Room.
An official list of the most sold Norwegian fiction titles of the last decade has been announced by the Norwegian Booksellers Association. Jo Nesbø is the authorship with most titles on the list, occupying a total of eight positions - six of which are in the top ten. Police tops the list at No. 1, followed by Phantom at No. 2, and The Leopard at No. 3. Also on the list are The Son, The Thirst, Headhunters, The Snowman, and Blood on Snow.
The official weekly bestseller lists from Norway see Lars Kepler’s Lazarus claim the No. 1 spot in the e-book category once again. The seventh Joona Linna novel also comes in at No. 5 on the hardcover list.
No. 2 on the e-book list is Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room, the second installment in the Cold Case Quartet. Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X, book four in the Fabian Risk series, takes home the last top three spot and comes in at No. 3.
Lars Kepler’s seventh Joona Linna book, Lazarus, once again claims the No. 1 spot on the bestseller list for e-books in Norway. It’s followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room coming in at No. 3. Both novels similarly feature on the hardcover list, where Lazarus and The Innermost Room nab the No. 4 and No. 5 spots respectively.
Lars Kepler’s just published Lazarus claims two of the top spots on the official weekly betseller lists in Norway. The novel comes in at No. 1 on the e-book list, and No. 2 in the hardcover category. Jørn Lier Horst’s long-running bestseller The Innermost Room comes in just after on the e-book list, claiming the No. 2 spot. Finally, at No. 3, is Stefan Ahnhem’s just published Motive X.
Jørn Lier Horst’s second novel in the Cold Case Quartet, The Innermost Room, is No. 2 on the official bestseller lists for e-books in Norway. The book comes in at No. 3 on the hardcover list.
Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room stays at No. 1 and No. 4 on the official weekly Norwegian bestseller lists for e-books and hardcovers also this week. The Innermost Room is the second novel in the Cold Case Quartet.
Jørn Lier Horst’s second Cold Case Quartet novel, The Innermost Room, comes in at No. 1 and No. 4 on the official weekly Norwegian bestseller lists for e-books and hardcovers, respectively.
The official bestseller lists for the month of September see many familiar titles in the top spots. On the hardcover list Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love comes in at No. 2, also making an appearance at No. 5 on the e-book list. Stefan Ahnhem’s fourth Fabian Risk novel, Motive X, claims the No. 4 spot on the hardcover list.
Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code claims the No. 2 spot on the e-book list.
Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career meanwhile makes a repeat appearance on the nonfiction list, claiming the No. 5 spot.
And lastly on the children’s fiction list, Kristina Ohlsson’s third installment in the Monster Trilogy, The Mummy’s Riddle, places at No. 3.
The just published The Innermost Room by Jørn Lier Horst debuts on the official bestseller list at No. 1 on the e-book list. The novel additionally claims the No. 4 spot on the hardcover list.
Jørn Lier Horst has been announced as the winner of the Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year Award for Dregs, a William Wisting novel. The Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year Award is handed out during the annual literary festival Crimetime, and goes to an international author whose writing can be said to be in the spirit of Nordic Noir, a genre signified by realism, dark contemporary undertones, and strong, recognisable milieus and characters. To be selected as the winner of the award, the author must have made a lasting impact on the modern crime novel.
The jury motivates their choice of Jørn Lier Horst thusly:
“Dregs is a classic Nordic Noir novel that contains every ingredient you could wish for: the small-town perspective, the involvement of society as a whole, reflections on the psychology of crime, and the everyday relationships that easily get caught in the middle. Jørn Lier Horst’s antihero, William Wisting, is a sympathetic, complex character who despite his stress-related problems leads the police work with a steady, firm hand. One can tell that Jørn Lier Horst has a past as an investigator, and he is without a doubt one of the best crime writers in the Nordic countries.”
When parliament member and Labor Party veteran Bernhard Clausen suddenly dies in a heart attack, William Wisting is hastily called to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ office. The police has discovered something in Clausen’s cabin that doesn’t match his image as a wholesome and driven politician. The nation’s interests might have been put at risk and the case has to be handled with utter discretion, out of sight of the press and the people.
Wisting, a select few from the police force, and Wisting’s daughter Line are recruited to the secret investigation unit. They soon find that secrets had less to do with politics, and all the more to do with crime. Among else the missing persons case of a young man who disappeared during a fishing trip to Gjersjøen lake in 2003, not long after which a letter had appeared on the Director of Public Prosecutions’ doorstep. The letter had implied Clausen’s involvement in the case, but the accusation had been waved off.
In a twist of fate, the Gjersjøen case has now appeared on Cold Case investigator Adrian Stiller’s desk. Wisting reluctantly faces the facts: he’ll need his former partner Stiller’s help in order to uncover Bernhard Clausen’s innermost secrets.
The Innermost Room is the second installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s Cold Case Quartet.
The weekly bestseller lists in Sweden have been announced, and Anders de la Motte and Jonas Gardell each claim one No. 1 spot. Anders de la Motte does so on the paperback list with his Deeds of Fall, and Jonas Gardell features at the top of the e-book list with In Memory of an Unconditional Love. Gardell also comes in at No. 2 on the hardcover list.
Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman climbs one placement to No. 4 on the paperback list. On the e-book list, Jørn Lier Horst and The Katharina Code stay put at No. 2, as does Arne Dahl’s Turmoil at No. 4.
Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love remains one of the top titles on the official weekly bestseller list in Sweden, coming in at No. 2 this week. The top spot on the paperback list is meanwhile claimed by Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall, No. 1 for the third week in a row. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 5 on the same paperback list.
New on the list for children’s books is Kristina Ohlsson, whose just published The Mummy’s Riddle rockets to No. 2. The Mummy’s Riddle is the third book in the Monster Trilogy.
The nonfiction list remains unchanged also this week, with Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career placing No. 4.
On the audio and e-book list Jørn Lier Horst makes a double appearance with his The Katharina Code, which comes in at No. 3 on the audio list and No. 2 on the e-book one. Arne Dahl’s Turmoil is No. 4 on the e-book list.
On this week’s official bestseller list from Sweden, Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love shoots to the top of the hardcover fiction list, claiming the No. 1 spot. On the audio list Gardell comes in at No. 4. Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career places at No. 5 on the same audio list, and stays at No. 4 on the nonfiction list.
Finally, The Katharina Code by Jørn Lier Horst places at No. 3 on the e-book list.
This week’s official bestseller lists from Sweden see Jonas Gardell at No. 3 on the hardcover fiction list with his just published In Memory of an Unconditional Love.
Leif GW Persson makes a repeat appearance on the lists with his Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career, which claims the No. 4 position on the nonfiction list and the No. 5 on the audio list. Arne Dahl’s Turmoil comes in at No. 4 on the same audio list, and No. 3 on the e-book one. Jørn Lier Horst’s just published The Katharina Code is No. 2 on the e-book list.
The Norwegian bestseller lists for the first week of August are in and Jørn Lier Horst claims the No. 4 spot with The Katharina Code on the paperback list. Ingar Johnsrud’s The Cross I Bear and Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth share the No. 5 spot on the e-book list. Hedvig Montgomery continues to feature on the non-fiction list and comes in at No. 5 with her Parental Magic this week.
Lastly, Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes still occupy the top two positions on the children’s books bestseller list in Norway, coming in at No. 1 with The Search for the Castle’s Secret and No. 2 with Operation Shipwreck.
The bestseller lists for the last week of July are in, and the novels that featured on the list at the start of the summer are still making their mark weeks later. On the e-book list, Ingar Johnsrud’s latest novel The Cross I Bear is No. 3, and is followed by Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth at No. 4. Macbeth is also No. 4 on the hardcover list, where it in turn is accompanied by Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Castle’s Secret at No. 5.
Lastly, Hedvig Montgomery comes in at No. 5 on the nonfiction list, with her Parental Magic.
The Norwegian Bookseller’s Association has published yet another bestseller list for the first half of 2018. This time the list includes both Norwegian and international titles, and all genres within the fiction category.
The author with the most titles on the list is Jørn Lier Horst, who claims a whopping eight out of fifteen spots. Jo Nesbø is the second most featured author, with two placements to his name. His Macbeth comes in at No. 3, and The Thirst at No. 5.
Jørn Lier Horst then takes over at No. 6 with his and Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 books for children. This spring, the bestselling titles from the series are Operation Daffodil, Operation Mummy, Operation Shipwreck, Operation Shadowman, Operation Summer Island, Operation Ghost and Operation Pirate. Jørn also features on the list with his The Katharina Code for adult crime fiction readers.
It’s July and 2018 has officially entered its second half. But lest the previous spring months be forgotten, the Norwegian Bookseller’s Association has compiled lists over the most sold books during January-June, divided by genre and category.
At the very top of the list for Norwegian fiction is Jo Nesbø, with Macbeth. A steady No. 1 throughout spring, Nesbø is joined at the top by Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes, who claim the No. 1 position on the Norwegian children’s books list with Operation Shipwreck. Jørn Lier Horst also occupies the No. 2 and No. 3 spot, with The Triangle Mystery and The Search for the Castle’s Secret respectively.
Ingar Johnsrud dominates the Norwegian bestseller lists as all three books in his trilogy about Fredrik Beier appear on this week’s lists. The Cross I Bear, just published last week, appears on both the hardcover list and the e-book one, where it comes in at No. 2. As We Fall comes in at No. 4 on the paperback list, and is joined by Those Who Follow two spots further down.
The No. 1 spot on the hardcover list is won by none other than Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes and their just published The Search for the Castle’s Secret, the fourth activity book in the Detective Agency No. 2 series. Just after at No. 2 comes Jo Nesbø’s internationally acclaimed Macbeth. Macbeth also claims the No. 3 spot on the ebook list.
Jørn Lier Horst’s international bestseller The Katharina Code features on the paperback list, where it is No. 2. On the nonfiction list, Hedvig Montgomery’s long-running bestseller Parental Magic stays put at No. 5.
Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code is No. 1 on the biggest online bookstore and second biggest physical retailer in Slovakia, Martinus’, e-book list. The Katharina Code also comes in at No. 2 on Martinus’ Top 100 list for printed titles, all genres.
March’s list of the most sold children’s books in Norway is out, and Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes once again feature heavily at the top. At No. 1 is their most recent Detective Agency No. 2 book, Operation Shipwreck. Operation Mummy comes in not far after, at No. 4. Finally, at No. 5, is Jørn Lier Horst’s The Triangle Mystery, the twelfth CLUE book.
The most sold children’s books of February in Norway have been announced, and Jørn Lier Horst emerges as the clear winner by claiming all top three spots on the list. At No. 1 is his and the illustrator Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Shipwreck, the thirteenth Detective Agency No. 2 book. It’s followed by The Triangle Mystery at No. 2, and Operation Mummy at No. 3.
Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst are the indisputable kings of crime fiction in Norway: on the just published official list of the twenty most sold Norwegian crime titles of the past decade (2008-2017), Jo Nesbø claims a staggering eight positions and Jørn Lier Horst six.
Jo Nesbø also succeeds in the feat of placing in the top ten with all eight novels, starting with Police at No. 1. Police is then followed by Phantom (No.2), The Leopard (No. 3), The Son (No. 4), Thirst (No. 5), Headhunters (No. 6), The Snowman (No. 8), and Blood on Snow (No. 9).
Jørn Lier Horst, the author with the most titles on the list after Nesbø, features at No. 10 with his The Hunting Dogs. The Wisting novel is closely followed by The Caveman (No. 11), Ordeal (No. 12), Closed for Winter (No. 14), When It Grows Dark (No. 15), and The Katharina Code (No. 16).
Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix, Jessica Jones) is heading to Scandinavia after signing up to star in the Norwegian crime drama Wisting, based on Jørn Lier Horst’s international bestsellers The Hunting Dogs and The Caveman. The Wisting series will be the biggest budget Norwegian drama to date.
In the series, Moss will play an FBI agent working alongside the Norwegian homicide detective Wisting, played by Sven Nordin (Lilyhammer), who is chasing an American serial killer. To make matters worse, Wisting’s young journalist daughter is chasing headlines that lead her into the killer’s path. Richie Campbell (The Frankenstein Chronicles) also joins the cast as an FBI agent.
“To be a part of something with this kind of caliber is exciting for me. Characters and stories created through the lens of Scandinavia’s expert perspective, alongside working with actors such as Sven Nordin, make this a thrilling project for me. Plus, it made watching the Winter Olympics even more fun – go team Norway,” said Moss.
“We are delighted that Moss has joined the cast of Wisting. She captivated us with her superb and iconic portrayal of Trinity in The Matrix, and her stellar work on the small screen recently in Jessica Jones. We are convinced that she will bring the same fierceness, intensity and intelligence to the role of FBI agent Maggie Griffin. We look forward to working with her,” added Wisting directors Trygve Allister Diesen and Katarina Launing.
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The list of children’s books with the highest in-store sales in January is now official, and Jørn Lier Horst is the undeniable winner! A staggering 11 out of 15 books on the list are titles by Jørn Lier Horst, either from his CLUE series written by him alone, or his Detective Agency No. 2 series, in which he’s paired up with illustrator Hans Jørgen Sandnes.
Starting at No. 2, the titles featured on the January in-store sales list are: The Triangle Mystery (No. 2), Operation Ghost (No. 3), Operation Circus (No. 4), Operation Windblast (No. 5), Operation Sunset (No. 6), Operation Mummy (No. 7), Operation Shadowman (No. 8), Operation Plastic Bag (No. 10), Operation Thundercloud (No. 12), Operation Bronze Square (No. 13), and the short activity booklet The Search for the Abominable Snowman (No. 15).
Putting his own mark on the list is Bobbie Peers, who snatches two spots with his action-packed adventure series about William Wenton. The third and latest installment, William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent, claims the No. 9 spot, and the second book in the series, William Wenton and the Cryptoportal, the No. 11 spot.
The official January bestseller list for children’s books in Norway is in, and Jørn Lier Horst makes a double appearance at the top. At No. 1 is his latest book in the CLUE series, The Triangle Mystery. It is closely followed at No. 2 by Operation Mummy, the twelfth book in the Detective Agency No. 2 series by Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes. Claiming the last spot on the podium is Bobbie Peers’ third William Wenton novel, William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent, at No. 3.
Jørn Lier Horst’s The Triangle Mystery leaps up to No. 2 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for hardcover fiction during the second week of January. The Triangle Mystery is the twelfth book in the CLUE series.
The Triangle Mystery, the twelfth installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s CLUE series, claims the No. 5 spot on 2018’s first official bestseller list for hardcover fiction. The Triangle Mystery was just published in Norway at the start of January.
The Triangle Mystery is the twelfth and last installment in the CLUE series. This time it is the Devil’s Triangle – a triangular area out at sea, not far from the shores of Schooner Cove – that sparks a great new mystery for the CLUE gang to solve. During the past century, the Triangle has become infamous for the suspicious shipwrecks and airplane crashes that occur within it just a bit too often. As sunny May rolls around, two scientists arrive at Schooner Cove to study the phenomenon. Cecilia, Leo, Une, and Une’s dog Egon are meanwhile looking to recover some mysterious images from some suspicious characters. Triangles and patterns aren’t only showing up inside the Devil’s Triangle out at sea, as it would happen.
In The Triangle Mystery, the mystery of the priceless Bolette ring is at last solved as well, concluding the storyline that began in book nine of the CLUE series, The Wolfhound Mystery. The philosophical backdrop of the twelfth and final CLUE book is the teachings of Pythagoras: his famous theorem on right triangles and his belief that “all is number”.
Jørn Lier Horst’s and Stefan Ahnhem’s latest titles continue to feature among the top titles on the official Norwegian bestseller lists. The Katharina Code by Horst climbs yet another placement, claiming the No. 2 spot on the hardcover fiction list this week. Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero meanwhile places No. 4 on the paperback list.
The Katharina Code, the first installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s critically acclaimed new series, the Cold Case Quartet, is No. 4 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for fiction this week.
It is now official that Jørn Lier Horst’s internationally bestselling series about Police Inspector William Wisting will be turned into a major Norwegian drama series, and shooting will commence on January 17th, 2018.
Wisting, as the TV series will be called, will be shot in the Norwegian twin towns of Larvik and Stavern. The first season of the series will be based on two of the most popular installments in Horst’s book series, The Hunting Dogs and The Caveman. Playing the role of the hard-working, compassionate protagonist William Wisting is Sven Nordin (Valkyrien).
“I am delighted by the great enthusiasm the project has been met with, and that the Wisting series will become a reality. I’m grateful that Sven Nordin has accepted the leading role of William Wisting. It is an excellent choice. He is stylistically assured and one of our very best character actors,” says Jørn Lier Horst.
The producers behind the series are Good Company Films and Cinenord, and screenwriters Trygve Allister Diesen and Katrine Valen Zeiner have co-written the series based on Jørn Lier Horst’s novels. Trygve Allister Diesen, an experienced writer-director, will also direct together with Katarina Launing.
Wisting will air on Scandinavian Viaplay, TV3 Norway, and German broadcaster ARD Degeto.
Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero doesn’t budge from its No. 1 spot on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperback fiction this week. The third novel in Ahnhem’s Fabian Risk series, Eighteen Below Zero has now occupied the top spot for seven consecutive weeks.
The Katharina Code makes yet another appearance at the top as well, returning to the hardcover fiction list at No. 3. The Katharina Code is the first installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s compelling new crime fiction series, the Cold Case Quartet.
Jørn Lier Horst dominates the September bestseller lists in Norway, coming in at No. 1 on the bestseller list for fiction as well as for children’s fiction. On the fiction list it is Horst’s The Katharina Code that claims the No. 1 spot, while it’s the Detective Agency No. 2 series by Jørn Lier Horst and Hans-Jørgen Sandnes that occupies the majority of the positions on the children’s list. At No. 1 is Operation Ghost, No. 2 Operation Circus, and at No. 5 comes The Search for Captain Krogh’s Gold, the first activity book of the series.
After five weeks, Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code is still No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for fiction. The Katharina Code is the first installment in Horst’s critically acclaimed new series, the Cold Case Quartet.
The first installment in the already critically acclaimed new series by Jørn Lier Horst, The Katharina Code, is No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for fiction, all formats. The Katharina Code was published just over a week ago in Norway.
It’s that time of the year. For the twenty-fourth time, William Wisting gets out the papers from when Katharina Haugen disappeared. The case was never solved, and every year since Wisting has called on Katharina’s husband, Martin Haugen. The steady contact between the police inspector and the bereaved husband has over the years developed into a friendship. But this year, Haugen’s house stands empty and dark when Wisting arrives. On the anniversary of his wife’s disappearance, Martin Haugen has gone missing.
The same day, Kripos investigator Adrian Stiller comes to see Wisting. A young cold case investigator for the National Criminal Investigation Service (Kripos), Stiller has uncovered a connection between Katharina’s disappearance and the missing person case he’s working on. The two must join efforts, but the collaboration with the complex Stiller will be a challenge for the experienced Wisting. The two driven investigators must all the same find a starting point they can agree on, and use their combined capabilities to solve the case.
The Katharina Code is the first installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s compelling new crime fiction series, the Cold Case Quartet.
Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes feature heavily on the official Norwegian list of most sold children’s books during the first half of 2017. Their Operation Pirate, the eleventh Detective Agency No. 2 book, comes in at No. 2 on the list. It’s followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Einstein Mystery, from his CLUE series for older children, at No. 3 and then the activity book The Search for The Thief’s Thief at No. 4.
The Detective Agency No. 2 series also occupies the No. 2 and No. 3 spot on the children’s books bestseller list for July. The most recent activity book of the series, The Search for The Thief’s Thief, comes in at No. 2, and Operation Pirate at No. 3.
The radio drama based on Jørn Lier Horst’s No. 1 bestselling children’s suspense series CLUE premieres today, June 26th, on NRK, Norway’s public radio and television broadcasting company. The eight-episode long drama is an adaptation of the first four books in the CLUE series: The Salamander Mystery, The Maltese Mystery, The Underwater Mystery, and The Grave Robbing Mystery.
Leif GW Persson and Jørn Lier Horst have been nominated for the CWA International Dagger 2017. Leif GW Persson is nominated for his stand-alone The Dying Detective, and Jørn Lier Horst for his When It Grows Dark, a prequel to his Wisting Quartet.
Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Pirate continues to rule the Norwegian children’s books bestseller list, coming in at No. 1 also on the April list. Jørn Lier Horst’s The Einstein Mystery, the recently published eleventh installment in Horst’s CLUE series for children aged 9-12, comes in at No. 3.
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’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.
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’ 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.
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 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.”
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.
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, 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.”
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.
Jørn Lier Horst’s Ordeal, the fourth installment in the Wisting Quartet, is No. 1 on the Norwegian paperback bestseller list.
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.