Jørn Lier Horst

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.”
-Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

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Anders de la Motte and Jonas Gardell No. 1 in Sweden

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.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

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.

Jonas Gardell, Leif GW Persson, Anders de la Motte, Niklas Natt och Dag and Jørn Lier Horst on the Swedish lists

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.

Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall continues to hold the No. 1 spot on the paperback list and is joined by Niklas Natt och Dag who places at No. 2 with 1793.

Finally, The Katharina Code by Jørn Lier Horst places at No. 3 on the e-book list.

Jonas Gardell, Anders de la Motte, Leif GW Persson, Niklas Natt och Dag, Arne Dahl and Jørn Lier Horst on the Swedish lists

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.

The paperback list is meanwhile topped by Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall, coming in at No. 1. De la Motte is joined by Niklas Natt och Dag who places No. 4 with 1793.

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.

Hedvig Montgomery and Jørn Lier Horst on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Hedvig Montgomery climbs the official bestseller list for nonfiction yet again. This week her Parental Magic comes in at No. 3. Jørn Lier Horst’s long-running bestseller The Katharina Code comes in at No. 4 on the paperback list.

Jørn Lier Horst and Hedvig Montgomery on the Norwegian bestseller lists

This week’s official bestseller lists in Norway see Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code climb once again, this time coming in at No. 3 on the paperback list.

Hedvig Montgomery likewise climbs, claiming the No. 4 spot on the nonfiction list with Parental Magic.

Ingar Johnsrud, Jo Nesbø, Jørn Lier Horst and Hedvig Montgomery on the Norwegian bestseller lists

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.

Ingar Johnsrud, Jo Nesbø, Jørn Lier Horst and Hedvig Montgomery on the Norwegian bestseller lists

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.

On the paperback list, Jo Nesbø makes a third appearance at No. 4, this time with The Thirst. Jørn Lier Horst claims the No. 5 spot with The Katharina Code.

Lastly, Hedvig Montgomery comes in at No. 5 on the nonfiction list, with her Parental Magic.

More Norwegian bestseller lists for Spring/Summer 2018

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.

Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes No. 1 on the January-June bestseller lists

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.

On the lists are also Heine Bakkeid with Meet Me in Paradise, Hedvig Montgomery with Parental Magic, and Kristina Ohlsson with The Flood.

Ingar Johnsrud, Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes, Jo Nesbø, and Hedvig Montgomery on the Norwegian bestseller lists

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.

‘The Katharina Code’ No. 1 in Slovakia

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.

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes top the March children’s books bestseller list

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.

Jørn Lier Horst dominates the February children’s books bestseller list

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 the most sold authors of the decade in Norway

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 joins cast of Jørn Lier Horst’s ‘Wisting’ TV series

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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Jørn Lier Horst dominates in-store sales in January, joined by Bobbie Peers

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.

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes and Bobbie Peers on the January children’s books bestseller list

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.

‘The Triangle Mystery’ No. 2 in Norway

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’ No. 5 in Norway

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 Thirst’ and ‘The Katharina Code’ the two most sold crime novels of 2017 in Norway

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst and Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code are the No. 1 and No. 2 most sold crime novels by Norwegian authors in Norway during 2017.

‘The Triangle Mystery’ published in Norway

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”.

‘The Thirst’ and ‘The Katharina Code’ two of the most sold books of 2017 in Norway

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst, the eleventh novel about Harry Hole, is the most sold book of 2017 in Norway. It is closely followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code at No. 4.

Jørn Lier Horst and Stefan Ahnhem No. 2 and No. 4 in Norway

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.

Jørn Lier Horst and Stefan Ahnhem No. 3 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code climbs the Norwegian bestseller list again, coming in at No. 3 on the hardcover fiction list this week. It is once more joined by Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero, which claims the No. 3 spot on the paperback list.

Stefan Ahnhem and Jørn Lier Horst No. 3 and No. 5 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero claims a spot on the official Norwegian bestseller this week as well, coming in at No. 3 on the list for paperback fiction.

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code likewise continues to feature on the hardcover list, claiming the No. 5 spot this week.

‘The Katharina Code’ No. 4 in Norway

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.

‘Wisting’ series to start shooting in January 2018

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.

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Stefan Ahnhem and Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 and No. 3 in Norway

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

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.

‘The Katharina Code’ No. 1 in Norway

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 Katharina Code’ No. 1 in Norway

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.

‘The Katharina Code’ published 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 dominate the Norwegian children’s books bestseller list

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.

Leif GW Persson and Jørn Lier Horst nominated for the CWA International Dagger

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.

‘Operation Pirate’ and ‘The Einstein Mystery’ No. 1 and No. 3 in Norway

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.

‘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.