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Jørn Lier Horst

Jørn Lier Horst (b. 1970) has with his award-winning novels about William Wisting joined the elite of Nordic crime 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 even 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.

“Horst, a former Norwegian police detective, is often compared to Sweden’s Henning Mankell for his moody, sweeping crime dramas.”
-New York Times

“Jørn Lier Horst writes literary crime with high credibility and keen-eyed societal depictions – he’s Norway’s own Henning Mankell.”
-Hjorth & Rosenfeldt

“Jørn Lier Horst writes some of the best Scandinavian crime fiction available. His books are superbly plotted and addictive, the characters wonderfully realized.”
-Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes


Norwegian writer Jørn Lier Horst (b. 1970) and illustrator and animator Hans Jørgen Sandnes (b. 1979) have together created the bestselling children’s book series Detective Agency No. 2 for ages 6-9. Jørn Lier Horst has won multiple awards for his crime fiction for adults, and is also the author behind the highly praised CLUE series for children aged 9-12. Horst’s ability to create charming and believable characters has resulted in a rich universe full of adventure and mystery. Together with Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ award-winning illustrations, the Detective Agency No. 2 series’ universe and its lovable young detective duo are brought to vivid life before the reader.

Set in the idyllic small town of Riverton, the Detective Agency No. 2 series follows the adventures of our main protagonists Tiril and Oliver – not to mention their dog Ocho! Together the two young detectives collect evidence, search for connections, and join the at times perilous hunt for criminals. Concluding each book is an afterword in which readers can put their own sleuthing skills to the test.

Awards

Shortlisted for Bøkekrimprisen (Best Crime Novel) Norway – Sak 1569 A Question of Guilt 2021
Shorlisted for the Prix du Bureau des Lecteurs France – Blindgang Ordeal 2021
Shortlisted for Vrij Nederland’s Thriller of the Year The Netherlands – Katharina-koden The Katharina Code 2021
Shortlisted for BOK365’s Book of the Year Award Norway – Sak 1569 A Question of Guilt 2020
Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Det innerste rommet The Cabin 2020
Longlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK – Det innerste rommet The Cabin 2020
Shortlisted for BOK365’s Book of the Year Award Norway – Illvilje The Inner Darkness 2019
Longlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière France – Hulemannen The Caveman 2019
The Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Katharina-koden The Katharina Code 2019
Longlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK – Katharina-koden The Katharina Code 2019
Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year Sweden 2018
Longlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière France – Jakthundene The Hunting Dogs 2018
Longlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK 2017
Shortlisted for the Bokslukerprisen Award Norway – Ulvehundgåten The Wolfhound Mystery 2017
Shortlisted for the Bookworm Award Norway – Rivertongåten The Riverton Mystery 2016
Special Award for Excellence in Crime Fiction Writing Poland 2016
The Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Hulemannen The Caveman 2016
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Book of the Year Award Norway – Blindgang Ordeal 2015
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award Sweden – Jakthundene The Hunting Dogs 2014
Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Vinterstengt Closed for Winter 2014
The Glass Key The Nordic Countries – Jakthundene The Hunting Dogs 2013
Shortlisted for the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize Norway – Hulemannen The Caveman 2013
The Vestfold Literature Prize Norway 2012
The Riverton Prize Norway – Jakthundene The Hunting Dogs 2012
The Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize Norway – Vinterstengt Closed for Winter 2011
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Bibliography

William Wisting

Wisting: The Prequel

CLUE

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes

Detective Agency No. 2

Activity books

Children’s non-fiction

Stand-alone

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Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s recently published A Will to Serve debuts at No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller lists. The novel is No. 1 in both hardcover and e-books.

‘Operation Witches’ Cauldron’ published in Norway

Tiril, Oliver and Ocho are all geared up for Riverton Theatre’s grand Halloween party. In front of the theatre, a large witches’ cauldron has been put out to be used as part of a fundraiser. Normally, it’s locked shut with a solid padlock. Now however, someone has broken the lock yet left the cauldron brimming with money. So why the effort to crack the lid open? Tiril and Oliver set off to search among scare crows, bats, skeletons, vampires, ghosts, witches, mummies and monsters in order to solve the mystery.   

Operation Witches’ Cauldron is the twentieth installment in the Detective Agency No. 2 series.

‘A Will to Serve’ published in Norway

A car abandoned by the roadside, slowly disappearing from view as a heavy snow continues to fall. Inside the vehicle waits the answer to a complex murder mystery still waiting to be solved.

William Wisting is contacted by the leader of an online group dedicated to solving a murder case together: the death of the Australian backpacker Ruby Thompson. One of the more active members of the group, Astria, claims to hail from Norway. But just as Astria announced to the others that she’s getting close to solving the mystery, she went offline, and no one in the group has heard from her since.

Wisting is reluctantly fascinated by the unorthodox investigation. Soon he finds himself knee-deep in a case where the connections and leads are many, but their natures uncertain.

A Will to Serve is the fifteenth installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s series about William Wisting.

Jørn Lier Horst and Kristina Ohlsson on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst’s long-running bestseller A Question of Guilt is No. 1 on week 33’s paperback list. Horst is joined by Kristina Ohlsson, whose just published Storm Watch debuts at No. 4 on the e-book list.

Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 in Norway

A Question of Guilt, the fourth novel in Jørn Lier Horst’s Cold Case Quartet, is No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperbacks. The novel is the overall No. 1 for the month of June as well as on the most recent weekly list.

Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s A Question of Guiltthe fourth installment in the Cold Case Quartet, is once more No. 1 on the official paperback bestseller list in Norway.

Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s A Question of Guiltthe fourth installment in the Cold Case Quartet, stays steady at No. 1 on the official paperback bestseller list in Norway for the second consecutive week.

Trailer released for movie adaptation of Jørn Lier Horst’s CLUE-series

The trailer has just been released for the Norwegian movie adaptation of Jørn Lier Horst’s children’s book series CLUE. The movie, titled Clue: The Maltese Mystery, will be based on the four first installments in the CLUE-series. It is produced by production company Maipo and directed by Thale Persens. The move is set to premiere in Norway on the 27th of August.

Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 in Norway

A Question of Guilt, the fourth installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s Cold Case Quartet, sails to No. 1  on the official paperback bestseller list in Norway.

‘The Katharina Code’ shortlisted for Thriller of the Year in the Netherlands

Jørn Lier Horst’s international bestseller The Katharina Code is one of five novels shortlisted for the Dutch magazine Vrij Nederland’s Thriller of the Year title. Each year, the shortlist features just the five books that have been given five-star reviews in Vrij Nederland’s annual Detective & Thriller edition. The Katharina Code received the following praise in its review:

“We are deeply impressed by this police procedural. [The Katharina Code is] a psychological chess game in which both the characters and the dialogue excel.”

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