Jo Nesbø

Jo Nesbø (b. 1960) is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as one of the leading crime writers in the world. He is recognized for having widened the scope of the thriller with his unusual literary qualities and ambitions, his psychological insights and his in-depth knowledge of life in a modern, globalized world. His books have garnered countless international awards, sold 45 million copies, and been translated into 50 languages. In addition to the Harry Hole series he is the author of stand-alone novels Headhunters, The Son, Blood on Snow, Midnight Sun, Macbeth and The Kingdom, as well as several children’s books in the Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder series.

“Jo Nesbo is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero.”
Michael Connelly

“I am the world’s greatest living crime writer. [Jo Nesbø] is a man who is snapping at my heels like a rabid pitbull poised to take over my mantle when I dramatically pre-decease him.”
James Ellroy

“Many authors know how to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Jo Nesbo’s one of the few who keeps them there.”
Linwood Barclay

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo is relentless. His terrifying transformation of a childhood icon permeated my sleep. I started Redbreast but it was too much. I gave it to my guitarist Lenny Kaye and he was hooked. Now my band is reading Nesbo but I am too petrified to crack open the Phantom….”
Patti Smith

“Norway boasts Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Munch and the best-selling thriller writer Jo Nesbø as native sons.”
New York Times

“The next Munch or Ibsen could be Jo Nesbø … And, if there’s any justice, one day Harry Hole will be just as big as Harry Potter.”
CNN

Awards

Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
Shortlisted for the Adlibris Awards (Best Crime Fiction) Sweden – Kongeriket The Kingdom 2020
CoScan’s Nordic Person of the Year Award UK 2020
Shortlisted for Ozon Book Award (Best Fiction) Russia – Kniv Knife 2020
The Riverton Prize (Best Norwegian Crime Novel of the Year) Norway – Kniv Knife 2020
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden – Kniv Knife 2019
Shortlisted for the Public Book Awards (Best Translated Novel) Greece – Macbeth Macbeth 2019
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards (Book of the Year, Crime & Thriller) UK – Macbeth Macbeth 2019
The Icepick Award (Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year) Iceland – Sønnen The Son 2018
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Translated Crime Novel) Sweden – Macbeth Macbeth 2018
The Raymond Chandler Award (Lifetime Achievement) 2018
Shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis (Best Crime & Thriller of 2017) Germany – Tørst The Thirst 2017
Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year Award Sweden – Tørst The Thirst 2017
Shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award Sweden – Tørst The Thirst 2017
Best Translated Mystery – Reader’s Choice Award Japan – Blod på snø Blood on Snow 2017
Best Translated Mystery Award Japan – Blod på snø Blood on Snow 2017
Shortlisted for the Brage Prize (Best Crime Novel) Norway – Mere Blod Midnight Sun 2017
Boréales Honorary Award (for his entire literary work) France 2017
Honyaku Mystery Award Japan – Blod på snø Blood on Snow 2017
Shortlisted for The European Crime Fiction Star Award Germany 2016
The Riverton Honor Prize Norway 2016
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Book of the Year Award – Mere Blod Midnight Sun 2015
The IcePick Award (Best Translated Crime Novel) Iceland – Blod på snø Blood on Snow 2015
Shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis (Best Crime & Thriller of 2015) Germany – Sønnen The Son 2015
St. Petersburg Reads Award (Best International Author of the Year) Russia 2014
Shortlisted for The IcePick Award (Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year) Iceland – Panserhjerte The Leopard 2014
Martinus Readers’ Choice Award (Best Foreign Author of the Year) Slovakia 2014
Martinus Readers’ Choice Award (Best Novel of the Year) Slovakia – Politi Police 2014
The Peer Gynt Prize (for his international success and for putting Norway on the map of international literature) Norway 2013
Shortlisted for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards (The Bestseller Dagger) UK 2012
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger (Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Gjenferd Phantom 2012
Shortlisted for the Edgar Award (Best Novel of the Year) US – Sorgenfri Nemesis 2010
Shortlisted for the Macavity Awards (Best Mystery Novel) US – Sorgenfri Nemesis 2010
The Great Caliber Award of Honour (for his entire authorship) Poland 2010
The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Denmark – Panserhjerte The Leopard 2009
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK – Frelseren The Redeemer 2009
The Norwegian Book Club Prize (Best Novel of the Year) Norway – Hodejegerne Headhunters 2008
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Children’s Book Award (Best Children’s Book) Norway – Doktor Proktors tidsbadekar Doctor Proctor and the Time-Travel Bath Bomb 2008
The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize (Best Novel of the Year) Norway – Snømannen The Snowman 2007
The Norwegian Book Club Prize (Best Novel of the Year) Norway – Snømannen The Snowman 2007
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK – Rødstrupe The Redbreast 2007
The Finnish Academy of Crime Writers’ Special Commendation (Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing) Finland – Marekors The Devil’s Star 2007
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Children’s Book Award (Best Children’s Book) Norway – Doktor Proktors prompepulver Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder 2007
Best Norwegian Crime Novel Ever Written (Awarded by the Norwegian Book Clubs) Norway – Rødstrupe The Redbreast 2004
William Nygaard Bursary Norway – Sorgenfri Nemesis 2002
The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize (Best Novel of the Year) Norway – Rødstrupe The Redbreast 2000
The Glass Key (Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year) The Nordic Countries – Flaggermusmannen The Bat 1998
The Riverton Prize (Best Norwegian Crime Novel of the Year) Norway – Flaggermusmannen The Bat 1997
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Bibliography

Harry Hole

Doctor Proctor

Blood on Snow

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‘The Kingdom’ a Sunday Times Thriller of the Year

Jo Nesbø’s The Kingdom has been handpicked by the Sunday Times as one of the best thrillers of the year in its prestigious Books of the Year article. The newspaper calls the novel “a sombre, brutally executed delight.”

The Adlibris Awards 2020

The nominees for 2020’s Adlibris Awards have been announced. Adlibris is the leading book retailer in the Nordics and last year, the Adlibris Award was founded to celebrate the site’s most popular titles. 10 titles in 9 different categories are nominated by a jury of Adlibris employees, and all titles must have been published during 2020.

A new category added this year is the ‘Debutant’ one, in which Klas Ekman’s recently published Capable People can be found.

Amongst the nominated titles in the ‘Crime Fiction’ category are Stina Jackson’s The Last Snow, Hans Rosenfeldt’s When Crying Wolf, Jo Nesbø’s  The Kingdom and Lars Kepler’s The Mirror Man.

Fans have until December 8 to cast their votes in each respective category. The winners will be announced on January 25, 2021.

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Jo Nesbø bestowed with CoScan’s Nordic Person of the Year Award

Jo Nesbø has been presented with the 2020 CoScan Nordic Person of the Year Award. CoScan (the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies) celebrates an achievement of outstanding merit by an individual, body or group related to one or more of the five Nordic countries. The award recognizes those who have added public lustre to any of the Nordic countries and who have caused the British and others outside the region to view those countries with even greater affection and respect. Previous recipients have included The Norwegian City of Lillehammer and the National Norwegian Opera and Ballet, among many others.

Backman and Nesbø shortlisted for the 2020 Ozon Book Award

Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove and Jo Nesbø’s Knife (the twelfth installment in the Harry Hole series) are shortlisted for the Russian 2020 Ozon Book Award in the ‘Best Fiction’ category. Ozon is the Russian equivalent of Amazon and one of Russia’s largest book retailers. The winners will be announced on November 10.

‘The Kingdom’ No. 1 in Hungary and Russia

Jo Nesbø’s recently published stand-alone The Kingdom is No. 1 in both Hungary and Russia this week.

Villeneuve, Nolan and Gyllenhaal team on Nesbø’s ‘The Son’

HBO has greenlit a limited series adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s #1 internationally bestselling novel The Son with Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners, Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain) attached to star and produce, and director Denis Villeneuve (Dune, Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival) on board to direct. Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are attached to executive produce together with Gyllenhaal, Villenueve, Nesbø and Niclas Salomonsson.

Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming says:

“Denis is a master at weaving visually exquisite and unique narratives, Jake is a gifted actor and producer whose work often traverses provocative and compelling terrain, and of course, he and Denis have collaborated brilliantly in the past. We are beyond excited to see how this powerhouse team tackles this exceptional work.”

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The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Hans Rosenfeldt’s When Crying Wolf is once again No. 1 on the official bestseller list for hardcovers in Sweden. The book also claims the No. 2 spot on the audio list. Jo Nesbø is another No. 1 bestseller on the lists: his The Kingdom comes in first in e-book, additionally landing the No. 3 spot in hardcover and No. 4 one in audio. Niklas Natt och Dag grabs the last placement in this week’s roundup, coming in at No. 5 in paperback with 1794.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

This weeks bestseller lists in Norway see Jørn Lier Horst’s recently published A Question of Guilt, the fourth and final installment in the Cold Case Quartet, land the No. 1 spot on the e-book list and the No. 3 spot in hardcover. He is joined by Jo Nesbø, who nabs the No. 4 spot in e-book and No. 5 spot in hardback with his stand-alone thriller The Kingdom.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Hans Rosenfeldt’s When Crying Wolf claims two No. 1 spots on Sweden’s official bestseller list this week, nabbing both the top position on the hardcover fiction list as well as on the audiobook list. Jo Nesbø’s The Kingdom grabs the No. 2 spot on the e-book list and shows up at No. 4 on both the hardcover list and audio list. Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 climbs the paperback list, appearing at No. 3 this week, and Kristina Ohlsson’s children’s horror title The Haunted Mansion’s Secret land at No. 4 on the children’s list.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Hans Rosenfeldt’s When Crying Wolf grabs the No. 2 spot on the official Swedish bestseller list for hardcovers this week. The just published title also features on the audio list, where it comes in at No. 5. Jo Nesbø’s The Kingdom claims the No. 3 spot in the same category.

Another newcomer is Kristina Ohlsson’s children’s horror title, The Haunted Mansion’s Secret, which debuts at No. 3 on the children’s list. The paperback list meanwhile sees Niklas Natt och Dag’s long-running bestseller 1794 land at No. 4.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jo Nesbø and The Kingdom are No. 1 also on week 38’s official bestseller lists from Norway. The stand-alone thriller is the most sold title in hardcover as well as e-books.

Nesbø’s ‘The Jealousy Man’ to be developed by Amazon Studios and Makeready

Amazon Studios and Makeready, the production company behind stirring drama Queen & Slim, have teamed up to develop The Jealousy Man, an upcoming novel by Jo Nesbø, into a motion picture with William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth) attached to direct. Roberto Bentivegna, who recently sold his high-profile Gucci screenplay to MGM with Ridley Scott directing and Lady Gaga starring as Patrizia Gucci, is adapting the script for The Jealousy Man. Makeready will produce along with Jo Nesbø and Niclas Salomonsson.

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