Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger

Jørn Lier Horst (b. 1970) and Thomas Enger (b. 1973) are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively.

Jørn Lier Horst first rose to literary fame with his No. 1 internationally bestselling William Wisting series. A former investigator in the Norwegian police, Horst imbues all his works with an unparalleled realism and suspense. To date, Horst has authored two crime fiction series for adults and two crime fiction series for younger readers, both of which are the most popular children’s book series in their respective age categories.

Thomas Enger is the journalist-turned-author behind the internationally acclaimed and bestselling Henning Juul series. Enger’s trademark has become a darkly gritty voice paired with key social messages and tight plotting. Besides writing fiction for both adults and young adults, Enger also works as a music composer.

Blix & Ramm is Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s first co-written series, combining the very best of both authorships.


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Horst & Enger and Anne Holt shortlisted for the Riverton Prize

The shortlist for the 2024 Riverton Prize has just been announced in Norway, and Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Victim and Anne Holt’s Twelve Untamed Horses are two out of five novels nominated for the prestigious crime writing award, annually given to the best Norwegian crime story.

Victim is the fifth installment in Horst & Enger’s Blix & Ramm series, and the award jury presents the following motivation for the nomination: “Horst and Enger’s collaborative project is seamless, with evocative details, surprises and cliffhangers — a genre-conscious page-turner.”

Twelve Untamed Horses is the twelfth installment in Anne Holt’s Hanne Wilhelmsen series, and the jury praises it in the following way: “Holt’s twelfth novel about Hanne Wilhelmsen is an extravagant, richly branched crime mystery with many twists and turns that delivers stylishly to the last page.”

The winner will be bestowed with the award on the 14th of March in The House of Literature in Oslo.

Norway’s most streamed audio books of 2023

Jo Nesbø tops the list of most streamed titles of 2023 in Norway, coming in at No. 1 with Killing Moon. Jørn Lier Horst is a close No. 2 with The Traitor, also making an appearance at No. 5 together with Thomas Enger and Stigma. All in all, Horst appears five times in the top twenty most streamed titles of the year.

Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger No. 1 most sold in Norway 2023

Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger claim the top spot on Norway’s 2023 bestseller list with Victim, their fifth Blix & Ramm novel. Horst then makes a second showing in the top ten with The Traitor, which features at No. 4. Also appearing twice in the top ten is Jo Nesbø, with Killing Moon at No. 3, and The Night House at No. 8. A non-Norwegian author in the top is Anders de la Motte, whose The Mountain King comes in at No. 6. The highest-placing female writer is Anne Holt, with Twelve Untamed Horses at No. 9.

Horst & Enger top list of most borrowed authors in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Victim, the fifth novel in the Blix & Ramm series, is the No. 1 most borrowed library book of the latter half of 2023 in Norway. Stigma and Unhinged, book 4 and 3, also feature among the most borrowed titles of the fall/winter season.

Lovrenski, Horst & Enger, Lier Horst and Hjorth & Rosenfeldt on top in Norway

Back in the Day by Oliver Lovrenski remains at No.1 on the hardcover list for week 48, along with Horst & Enger’s Stigma on the paper back list, followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Traitor at No. 4. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt steadily hold the No. 1 spot on the e-book list, with The Guilt You Carry, followed by Back in the Day at No. 4.

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Horst & Enger on The Times’ list of 2023’s best crime novels

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s critically acclaimed novel The Prey has been named one of the best crime books of 2023 alongside Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Stigma, the internationally bestselling fourth Blix & Ramm novel.

‘Victim’ No. 1 in Norway

The just published Victim, the fifth Blix & Ramm novel by Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger, enters the official Norwegian hardcover bestseller list at No. 1. Victim is also No. 1 in e-books.

‘Victim’ published in Norway

Two years ago, Alexander Blix was the lead investigator in a missing person’s case where a young mother, Elisabeth Eie, had been kidnapped. The case came to a standstill when Blix’s own daughter was killed and he was arrested for avenging her. Now Blix is a free man once more. And the one who took Elisabeth Eie’s life has found him, leaving evidence of her murder in Blix’s mailbox.

The police are unwilling to accept Blix’s help. Even if Blix was acquitted of his crime, his career in law enforcement is over. But Eie’s murderer continues to lead Blix to his new victims, simultaneously making it clear that he knows details from Blix’s private life that the former investigator has never shared with anyone.

Meanwhile, journalist Emma Ramm has been contacted by a teenage girl called Carmen. Carmen’s stepfather has been arrested on suspicion of killing a childhood friend. But – there is no body. Nor are there any other suspects.

Blix and Ramm can only rely on each other. When Blix’s fingerprints are found on a child’s drawing at a crime scene, the present comes uncomfortably close to the past. A past where a victim has found their very own form of therapy.

Victim is the fifth installment in the Blix & ramm series by Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger.

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