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Anne Holt

Anne Holt (b. 1958) is one of Scandinavia’s most successful crime writers with 10 million copies sold around the world. Holt is a former Minister of Justice, Police Attorney, lawyer (with her own firm), journalist, and TV news editor and anchor. Her novels are intelligent, accessible and suspenseful, with engaging and intriguing protagonists. Tight-knit crime plots are paired with a focus on relational drama. Anne Holt is the author of three very successful crime series: the Inger Johanne Vik series, the Hanne Wilhelmsen series and the Selma Falck series.


The Riverton Prize (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Norway – Tolv utemte hester Twelve Untamed Horses 2024
Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Furet / Værbitt A Necessary Death 2021
Radio Bremen’s Crime Award Germany 2021
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden – En grav for to A Grave For Two 2019
Shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award (Best Lesbian Mystery) US – Offline Offline 2018
Shortlisted for the Edgar Award (Best Novel) US – 1222 1222 2012
Shortlisted for the Shamus Award (Best Hardcover PI Novel) US – 1222 1222 2012
Shortlisted for the Macavity Award (Best Mystery Novel) US – 1222 1222 2012
The Great Calibre Award of Honor Poland 2012
The Cappelen Prize Norway 2001
The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize Norway – Demonens død Death of the Demon 1995
The Riverton Prize (Best Norwegian Crime Novel of the Year) Norway – Salige er de som tørster Blessed are Those who Thirst 1994
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Anne Holt No. 1 in Norway

Twelve Untamed Horses, the 12th installment in Anne Holt’s bestselling Hanne Wilhelmsen series, holds the No. 1 spot on the Norwegian bestseller list for paperback, and is No. 2 on the e-book list. The book was awarded the prestigious Riverton Prize just last week.

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Amazon Studios greenlights adaptation of Anne Holt’s ‘1222’

Anne Holt’s best-selling crime novel 1222, the eighth installment in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series, is being adapted for the screen by Amazon Studios, with filming currently taking place in Stockholm. The four-part mystery drama titled Blind Spot is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in early 2025.

The lead role of Hanne Wilhelmsen will be played by Ida Engvoll (Love and Anarchy). The ensemble cast includes Pål Sverre Hagen (Exit, Kon-Tiki), Kjell Bergqvist (Bäckström, 30 Degrees in February) and Sissela Kyle (Fröken Frimans krig).

The script is written by celebrated screenwriter Sara Heldt (Sandhamn Murders, The Death of a Pilgrim) together with the acclaimed writer/director Erik Skjoldberg (Occupied, Narvik). Skjoldberg is also directing all four episodes of the series.

During a heavy snowstorm, a train travelling from Stockholm to Narvik collides with an avalanche. All passengers must take shelter in an old, isolated hotel in the mountains nearby. Among them is the sharp and dark-minded police officer, Hanne Wilhelmsen (Ida Engvoll) and when mysterious murders start taking place at the hotel – despite being temporarily suspended from the police – Hanne begins to investigate.

Blind Spot is produced by Nordic Drama Queens in co-production with Amazon MGM Studios, and in association with FIFTH SEASON. Producer is Nordic Drama Queens’ Sandra Harms, and Executive Producers are Anne Holt, Niclas Salomonsson, Line Winther Skyum Funch and Josefine Tengblad.

Anne Holt winner of the Riverton Prize

Anne Holt has been awarded the Riverton Prize for her twelfth installment in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series, Twelve Untamed Horses.

The prestigious crime writing award is annually given to the best Norwegian crime story. Anne Holt has been the recipient of this award previously, in 1994, for the second novel in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series, Blessed are Those who Thirst.

“The Riverton Prize – The Golden Revolver – 2023 goes to a crime novel that oozes linguistic and creative excess. The novel has an original plot, a vivid gallery of characters, socially relevant themes, and surprises and twists that can take your breath away,” the jury says.

Horst & Enger and Anne Holt shortlisted for the Riverton Prize

The shortlist for the 2024 Riverton Prize has just been announced in Norway, and Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Victim and Anne Holt’s Twelve Untamed Horses are two out of five novels nominated for the prestigious crime writing award, annually given to the best Norwegian crime story.

Victim is the fifth installment in Horst & Enger’s Blix & Ramm series, and the award jury presents the following motivation for the nomination: “Horst and Enger’s collaborative project is seamless, with evocative details, surprises and cliffhangers — a genre-conscious page-turner.”

Twelve Untamed Horses is the twelfth installment in Anne Holt’s Hanne Wilhelmsen series, and the jury praises it in the following way: “Holt’s twelfth novel about Hanne Wilhelmsen is an extravagant, richly branched crime mystery with many twists and turns that delivers stylishly to the last page.”

The winner will be bestowed with the award on the 14th of March in The House of Literature in Oslo.

Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger No. 1 most sold in Norway 2023

Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger claim the top spot on Norway’s 2023 bestseller list with Victim, their fifth Blix & Ramm novel. Horst then makes a second showing in the top ten with The Traitor, which features at No. 4. Also appearing twice in the top ten is Jo Nesbø, with Killing Moon at No. 3, and The Night House at No. 8. A non-Norwegian author in the top is Anders de la Motte, whose The Mountain King comes in at No. 6. The highest-placing female writer is Anne Holt, with Twelve Untamed Horses at No. 9.

‘Twelve Untamed Horses’ No. 1 in Norway

Anne Holt’s just published Twelve Untamed Horses is No. 1 in e-book in Norway, and No. 4 in hardcover.

‘Twelve Untamed Horses’ published in Norway

Hanne Wilhelmsen’s life is about to fall apart. Her wife, Nefis, has left her and taken their daughter, Ida, with her. When one of the few people in the world that Hanne cares about is brutally killed, she must fight to both save her family and solve a murder case far more important than she has ever faced before. Struggling with her own destructive forces and thoughts, she is led into a bleak landscape of hatred, contempt, and abuse, where it also turns out that a series of unexplained pregnancies are part of a larger, terrifying whole. Sleep-deprived and desperate, Hanne works around the clock and eventually finds a truth that is unbearable. For some.

Twelve Untamed Horses is the twelfth installment in Anne Holt’s Hanne Wilhelmsen series.

Liza Marklund and Horst & Enger the most sold of 2023 so far

The Norwegian booksellers’ association has announced a list of the most sold crime novels of 2023 so far, and Liza Marklund takes the No. 1 spot with The Polar Circle. Horst & Enger meanwhile is the most sold domestic authorship, featuring at the top with their Unhinged, followed by Smoke Screen and Death Deserved. Also on the list are Anne Holt’s The Eleventh Manuscript, Liza Marklund’s The Mire, Jørn Lier Horst’s The Traitor, Jo Nesbø’s Killing Moon, Lars Kepler’s The Spider, and Kristina Ohlsson’s Storm Watch.

Jo Nesbø, Anne Holt & Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 in Norway

This week’s bestseller lists in Norway have Jo Nesbø appear at the top of the paperback list, claiming the No. 1 spot with The Jealousy Man and Other Stories. Anne Holt comes in as No. 1 on the e-book list with The Eleventh Manuscript and makes an appearance at No. 2 on the paperback list with the same title.

The latest addition to the Detective Agency No. 2 series by Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes, Operation Ninja, sails to No. 1 on the official bestseller list for children’s fiction.

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