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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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….”
“Jo Nesbø is one of today’s most interesting thriller writers, and Harry Hole is an all-time great character – for me, a 100% buy-today-read-tonight delight.”
– Lee Child
“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.”
|Francisco Gonzalez Ledesma Award (for his entire literary work) Spain||2023|
|‘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|
|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|
Jo Nesbø thirteenth Harry Hole novel, Killing Moon, makes its first appearance on Sunday Times Bestseller list, where it lands the No. 4 spot.
Killing Moon by Jo Nesbø makes its debut also in the official bestseller list of Ireland, where it lands the No. 2 spot.
Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Viking Treasure debuts on the official Norwegian bestseller list for children’s fiction this week, going straight to No. 1. Also new on the lists are Jo Nesbø’s The Night House, which claims the No. 2 spot on both the hardcover and the e-book lists. Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Engers’ Scars stays put at No. 1 on the paperback list.
When the voices call, don’t answer.
In the wake of his parents’ tragic deaths in a house fire, fourteen-year-old Richard Elauved has been sent to live with his aunt and uncle in the remote, insular town of Ballantyne. Richard quickly earns a reputation as an outcast, and when a classmate named Tom goes missing, everyone suspects the new, angry boy is responsible for his disappearance. No one believes him when he says the telephone booth out by the edge of the woods sucked Tom into the receiver like something out of a horror movie. No one, that is, except Karen, a beguiling fellow outsider who encourages Richard to pursue clues the police refuse to investigate. He traces the number that Tom prank-called from the phone booth to an abandoned house in the Mirror Forest. There he catches a glimpse of a terrifying face in the window. And then the voices begin to whisper in his ear . . .
She’s going to burn. The girl you love is going to burn. There’s nothing you can do about it.
When another classmate disappears, Richard must find a way to prove his innocence—and preserve his sanity—as he grapples with the dark magic that is possessing Ballantyne and pursuing his destruction.
Then again, Richard may not be the most reliable narrator of his own story . . .
The Night House is Jo Nesbo’s twisted spin on the classic horror story.
Jo Nesbø’s 13th installment in the Harry Hole series, Killing Moon, has gone straight to No. 1 on the Hungarian bestseller list upon publication.
Jo Nesbø has been bestowed with the prestigious Francisco Gonzalez Ledesma Award – an award that recognizes a lifetime of storytelling, instituted in honor of the Spanish journalist and writer Francisco González Ledesma, one of the foremost Spanish noir novelists of the 20th century. The chosen winner is selected by the VLC Negra organization in recognition of their outstanding performance within the genre, their literary quality, and the values and exemplary human qualities that they display.
The award is handed over during a special event within the VLC Negra festival, which took place this Friday, and whose objective is to remember the figure of Francisco González Ledesma and encourage the reading of his work, as well as pay homage to the award-winning author. It has previously been received by James Ellroy, Andreu Martín, and Alicia Giménez Bartlett among others.
Killing Moon, the thirteenth Harry Hole novel by Jo Nesbø, debuts on the official Czech bestseller list, doing so at No. 2.
Jo Nesbø’s Killing Moon debuts at No. 4 on the Suspense list in the Netherlands. Killing Moon is the thirteenth Harry Hole novel.
The Swedish booksellers’ association has announced a list of the most sold books of 2023 so far, and Jo Nesbø’s Killing Moon takes the No. 1 spot in the fiction category and comes in at No. 2 across all titles, just behind Sveriges Rikes Lag 2023 (Swedish Code of Statutes).
NRK and Bell Media’s Crave has announced the primary cast of their hotly anticipated, original series So Long, Marianne, created by Øystein Karlsen, which tells the legendary love story of Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen, and his muse Marianne Ihlen. Alex Wolff (The Line, Hereditary, A Quiet Place: Day One) has been cast as Leonard and Thea Sofie Loch Næss (The Last Kingdom, Delete Me, A Storm For Christmas) will play Marianne. Joining them are Anna Torv (The Newsreader, The Last of Us, Mindhunter) as Charmian Clift and Noah Taylor (Preacher, Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones) as George Johnston.
So Long, Marianne is written for the screen by Øystein Karlsen, who is also amongst the directors, and Jo Nesbø. Principal photography began on March 24 and is shooting in multiple locations including the Greek island of Hydra, Oslo in Norway, and Montreal, Canada.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, and Richard Madden are set to headline Amazon Studios’ thriller Killer Heat, which is based on Jo Nesbø’s short story The Jealousy Man, from director Philippe Lacôte.
Killer Heat follows twin brothers (Madden) who are caught in a violent love triangle on a remote Greek island. A damaged detective, known as “The Jealousy Man” (Gordon-Levitt), is called in to investigate.
Killer Heat is off a script written by Roberto Bentivegna (House of Gucci), with revisions by Oscar and BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies, Treason).
Makeready’s Brad Weston is producing the film, which begins production next month in Crete. In addition to starring in the film, Gordon-Levitt will also executive produce the project alongside Jo Nesbø, Niclas Salomonsson, Tom Karnowski and Makeready’s Collin Creighton.
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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.