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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

Awards

Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
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

The Cold Case Quartet

CLUE

The Wisting Quartet

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‘A Question of Guilt’ published in Norway

William Wisting has entered the second week of his summer holiday. He observes from the sidelines how a local missing persons case grows into a national news story. Agnete Roll has now been missing for three days, and no clues can be found.

Even as the disappearance makes headlines, Wisting receives a mysterious letter containing a set of numbers and nothing else. He connects them to an old case code for a murder, one he wasn’t personally assigned to. One summer night in 1999, 17-year-old Tone Vaterland was killed on her way home from work. The case was quickly solved and the perpetrator sentenced and sent to prison. The case has nearly been lost to memory, but recent events now reveal connections that weren’t visible twenty years ago.

The letter is only the first in a series, all pointing to there being another truth behind the case then the one found by the police. Wisting will have to search for the sender as well as the true facts – but far from everyone are happy to have him shed new light on the past.

A Question of Guilt is the fourth and final installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s Cold Case Quartet.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

The official bestseller lists for week 33 in Norway see Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Unhinged take the No. 4 spot on the e-book list, while Jo Nesbø’s Knife comes in at No. 6 in paperback. It’s followed by Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die at No. 8, and Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 9. Finally, in the hardcover category, Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes come in at No. 10 with The Search for the Last Dinosaur.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller list

Unhinged, the third Blix & Ramm novel by Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger, keeps going strong on the Norwegian bestseller lists for week 31, coming in at No. 4 in e-book and No. 6 in hardcover. Also on the hardcover list is Jørn Lier Horst and Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Last Dinosaur, nabbing the No. 5 spot. In the paperback category, we see Jo Nesbø’s Knife on the No. 3 spot for the fourth consecutive week, followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 6, and lastly Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die at No. 7.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger's third Blix & Ramm novel Unhinged keeps going strong in Norway, coming in at No. 1 in e-book and No. 3 in hardcover on this week's bestseller lists. Horst also makes an appearance at No. 4 in hardcover, with his and Hans Jørgen Sandnes' The Search for the Last Dinosaur, as well as at No. 4 in paperback with The Inner Darkness. In paperback he is further joined by Jo Nesbø, who claims the No. 3 spot with Knife and Stefan Ahnhem who nabs the No. 5 spot with his_ X Ways to Die_.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

This week Unhinged, the third and recently published Blix & Ramm novel by Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger, stays firmly put in No. 1 in e-book and No. 2 in hardcover on the Norwegian bestseller lists, whilst its predecessor Smoke Screen makes an appearance at No. 9 in paperback. Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes' The Search for the Last Dinosaur features at No. 4 on the hardcover list. In the paperback category, for the second week running, we also find Jo Nesbø's Knife in the No. 3 spot, Jørn Lier Horst's The Inner Darkness at No. 4 and Stefan Ahnhem's_ X Ways to Die_ at No. 5.

Jo Nesbø, Jørn Lier Horst and Lars Kepler among the most sold of the decade in Norway

It’s official: Jo Nesbø, Jørn Lier Horst and Lars Kepler are three of the most sold authorships in Norway during the last decade. On the top hundred list for best selling fiction titles, Nesbø claims a whopping 8 placements, while Horst grabs 7, and Kepler 3. Among Nesbø’s featured titles, two are in the top three: Police, at No. 2, and Phantom, at No. 3.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s just published third Blix & Ramm novel, Unhinged, jumps straight to No. 1 on the e-book bestseller list in Norway, and starts off its upcoming streak on the hardcover list at No. 2. Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Last Dinosaur meanwhile shifts one placement, to No. 3.

On the paperback list, Jo Nesbø’s Knife is No. 3, followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 4, and lastly Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die at No. 5.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

The sixth activity book in Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 series, The Search for the Last Dinosaur, stays firmly put at No. 1 on the weekly bestseller list for hardcovers in Norway. The paperback bestseller list sees more movement as Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die shoots to No. 3. Right after it comes Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 4, and Jo Nesbø’s Knife at No. 5.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Last Dinosaur is No. 1 also this week on the official weekly bestseller list for hardcovers in Norway. Jo Nesbø’s Knife meanwhile comes in at No. 3 on the paperback list, followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 4, and Stefan Ahnhem’s just published X Ways to Die at No. 10. Stina Jackson’s The Last Snow is No. 10 on the e-book list, while Hedvig Montgomery’s The Adolescent Years is No. 10 in nonfiction.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Last Dinosaur climbs the official weekly bestseller list for hardcovers in Norway, claiming the No. 1 spot. Jo Nesbø’s Knife meanwhile stays put at No. 2 on the paperback list, followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 4. Stina Jackson’s recently published The Last Snow meanwhile jumps to No. 5 on the e-book list. Hedvig Montgomery’s long-running bestseller The Adolescent Years is No. 7 in nonfiction.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ just published The Search for the Last Dinosaur goes straight to No. 2 on the official weekly bestseller list for hardcovers in Norway. The paperback list’s No. 2 spot goes to Jo Nesbø’s Knife, the twelfth Harry Hole novel. Just after it, at No. 3, comes The Inner Darkness by Jørn Lier Horst. Lastly, Hedvig Montgomery claims the No. 6 spot on the nonfiction list with The Adolescent Years.

Jørn Lier Horst and Antti Tuomainen longlisted for CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Cabin and Antti Tuomainen’s Little Siberia have both been nominated for the prestigious 2020 CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger Award. The winner will be announced at the CWA Dagger Awards Gala Dinner on October 22nd.

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