The Katharina Code
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.
|Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK||2017|
|Shortlisted for the Bookworm Award Norway||2016|
|The Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK||2016|
|Special Award for Excellence in Crime Fiction Writing Poland||2016|
|Shortlisted for the Ark’s Book of the Year Award Norway||2015|
|The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award Sweden||2014|
|Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK||2014|
|The Glass Key The Nordic Countries||2013|
|Shortlisted for the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize Norway||2013|
|The Riverton Prize Norway||2012|
|The Vestfold Literature Prize Norway||2012|
|The Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize Norway||2011|
|Shortlisted for the Bokslukerprisen Award Norway||2017|
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.