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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
Shortlisted 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

Activity books

Detective Agency No. 2

Children’s non-fiction

Stand-alone

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‘The Search for the Magical Christmas Village’ published in Norway

Detective Agency No. 2 are tasked with finding a very unique snow globe and bringing it home before Christmas. Alongside Grandpa Franz they set course northwards. They ready the sleigh and head out on a thrilling journey – that you as the reader get to come along for. On every page there’s a challenge that needs to be solved in order for the search to continue. The reader get to help out in finding tracks, crack codes and solve tasks along the way. Keep your eyes peeled. The solutions are hidden in the text and images – and on the next page.

The Search for the Magical Christmas Village is the tenth activity book in the Detective Agency No. 2 series.

 

Jørn Lier Horst and Liza Marklund No. 1 and 2 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Traitor comes in at No. 1 on the fiction and e-books bestseller lists for the third week in a row, while Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle makes another appearance at No. 2 in paperback.

‘The Traitor’ No. 1 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Traitor, the sixteenth novel about detective William Wisting, stays put at No. 1 also this week on the official Norwegian bestseller lists for fiction and e-books.

‘The Traitor’ published in Norway

Following weeks of heavy rain, the earth comes crumbling down on one of Larvik’s residential areas, burying tens of houses. Wisting joins the rescue operation. By sunrise the next day, all residents have been accounted for and it stands clear that the landslide has claimed no victims. And yet, twenty-four hours later a dead body is found in the masses. The coroner sets the time of death to forty-eight hours prior to the landslide. The investigation into the man’s death turns out to have ties to several other ongoing cases and Wisting is recruited to head a separate investigation team. Soon, however, signs begin to point to there being a traitor in the group…

The Traitor is the sixteenth installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s William Wisting series.

‘Operation Gold Tooth’ published in Norway

In the twenty-third Detective Agency No. 2 title, Operation Gold Tooth, Oliver goes to see Tiril at their detective office, having discovered something suspicious. The padlock on the boom in front of the old mill is a fake! It doesn’t get any less mysterious when they find a gold tooth in the gravel. Who could the tooth have belonged to? And how did it end up here? The old sailor Captain Krogh is the only one Tiril and Oliver remember who had a gold tooth, but he died many, many years ago. There is no doubt that Detective Agency No. 2 must investigate this case further!

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 series is crime fiction for the youngest – clever, engaging, and full of thrills! Join our heroes Tiril, Oliver and their dog Ocho as they solve mysteries that have even the adults of Riverton scratching their heads.

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.

Kjetil Skårdal Andersen

Detective Agency No. 2-trio hailed as the best children’s book characters of all time

The lead trio of Jørn Lier Horst and Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ immensely popular Detective Agency No. 2-series – Tiril, Oliver and Ocho – have now been crowned the best Norwegian children’s book characters of all time. Throughout the summer, readers have been able to cast their votes for their favourites from a longlist comprised of the 50 most beloved and iconic characters throughout the ages, via book platform Bok365.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller list

This week’s bestseller lists in Norway have Stefan Ahnhem’s  The Final Nail claiming the No. 1 spot on the official paperback list for the seventh consecutive week followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s A Will to Serve at No. 2.

 

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.

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