Jo Nesbø

Jo Nesbø (b. 1960) is a musician, songwriter, screenwriter, 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 55 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

‘London’ Shortlisted for the CWA Short Story Dagger UK – Sjalusimannen og andre fortellinger The Jealousy Man and Other Stories 2022
Longlisted for the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger Award UK – Kongeriket The Kingdom 2021
Shortlisted for the Mofibo Awards (Best Crime & Suspense) Denmark – Kongeriket The Kingdom 2021
Shortlisted for Lubimy Czytać’s Best Book of the Year (Best Crime Fiction) Poland – Kongeriket The Kingdom 2020
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 the 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
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK – Frelseren The Redeemer 2009
The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Denmark – Panserhjerte The Leopard 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

Short Story Collections

Stand-alone

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Jo Nesbø, Matias Faldbakken and Liza Marklund on the Norwegian bestseller lists

The official weekly bestseller lists in Norway see Jo Nesbø once more landing the No. 1 spot on the fiction list with Killing Moon, while Matias Faldbakken’s just published Poor Thing debuts at No. 4. Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle meanwhile comes in at No. 5 in the paperback category.

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Jo Nesbø No. 1 in Norway

Jo Nesbø’s Killing Moon continues its winning streak, coming in at No. 1 also this week on the official Norwegian bestseller list for fiction.

Most sold books of summer 2022 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s The Final Nail is the No. 1 most sold paperback novel of summer 2022 in Norway, closely followed by Jo Nesbø’s The Jealousy Man and Other Stories at No. 2.

The children’s books bestseller list is topped by Jørn Lier horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Camping King, the ninth activity book in the Detective Agency No. 2 series.

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‘Killing Moon’ No. 1 in Norway

The thirteenth Harry Hole novel, Killing Moon, is No. 1 also this week on the official Norwegian bestseller list for fiction.

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‘Killing Moon’ No. 1 in Norway

Jo Nesbø’s just published Killing Moonthe thirteenth installment in the Harry Hole series, enters the official Norwegian bestseller lists for hardcover fiction and e-books at No. 1 this week.

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‘Killing Moon’ published in Norway

Harry has gone to Los Angeles to drink himself to death, in the wake of his life back in Oslo falling to pieces. He’s nearly managed to, but thus far failed. Harry has been helping an older film actress, Lucille, to get away from the grips of a drug cartel to which she owes one million dollars, and in return she’s given him shelter, company and a tailored suit.

In Oslo, two girls have disappeared and been found murdered and one of the suspects is a well-known real estate magnate. Katrine Bratt wants to bring in the country’s foremost serial killings expert, but the idea of collaborating with Harry Hole is out of the question for the chiefs of police. The real-estate magnate under suspicion on the other hand wants to hire Harry as a private investigator to clear his name from the case. Harry declines, but that’s before the drug cartel takes Lucille hostage. If Harry achieves the task, the real estate magnate will award him a bonus enough to cover Lucille’s debt.

Back home in Oslo, Harry puts together a team consisting of a cocaine-dealing childhood friend, a corrupt police officer and a cancer-stricken psychologist. The drug cartel has given them ten days. The clock is ticking, and a blood moon has been forecast over Oslo.

Killing Moon is the 13th installment in Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole series.

‘The Hanging Sun’ to close Venice International Film Festival

The Hanging Sun, a Sky Original film adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s novel Midnight Sun, will close the 79th Venice International Film Festival on 10th September.

The story follows hitman Jon, who is on the run after betraying Oslo’s biggest crime lord: the Fisherman. Fleeing to an isolated corner of Norway so far north that the sun never sets, Jon hopes to find sanctuary hiding out in a shepherd’s cabin in the wilderness. But the midnight sun is slowly driving Jon to insanity. And then he discovers that the Fisherman’s men are getting closer…

Directed by Francesco Carrozzini and written by Stefano Bises, the film features performances from Alessandro Borghi (Devils), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Sam Spruell (The North Water), Frederick Schmidt (Angel Has Fallen), Raphael Vicas (Grantchester), with Peter Mullan (My Name is Joe) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and will air on Sky Cinema later this year.

Ahnhem, Nesbø, Marklund, Theorin and Lier Horst on the Norwegian bestseller lists

This week’s bestseller lists in Norway have Stefan Ahnhem appear at the top of the official paperback list, claiming the No. 1 spot with The Final Nail for the sixth consecutive week. The title is followed by Jo Nesbø who features at No. 2  with The Jealousy Man and Other Stories and Liza Marklund who comes in at No. 3 with The Polar Circle on the same list. Johan Theorin claims the No. 5 spot with Weathered Bones on the official list for fiction.

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 title  The Search for the Camping King comes in at No. 1 on the Norwegian bestseller list for children’s fiction for the second consecutive week.

‘Rat Island and Other Stories’ on the Dutch crime list

Jo Nesbø’s Rat Island and Other Stories claims the No. 4 spot on the official list of the best crime fiction in the Netherlands for the second consecutive week.

Nesbø No. 4 on the Dutch crime list

Jo Nesbø’s Rat Island and Other Stories comes in at No. 4 on the official list of the best crime fiction in the Netherlands.

Jo Nesbø’s ‘London’ longlisted for the CWA Short Story Dagger

Jo Nesbø’s short story London, from his story collection The Jealousy Man And Other Stories, is longlisted for the prestigious 2022 CWA Short Story Dagger, an award given to the best crime-focused short story of the year published or broadcast in the UK.

The shortlist will be announced on May 13th at the CrimeFest in Bristol.

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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