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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

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

Wisting: The Cold Case Quartet

The Wisting Quartet

Wisting: The Early Cases

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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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.”

‘The Search for the Unicorn’ published in Norway

Tiril, Oliver and Ocho head to Moklehoma City in the US with grandpa Franz to investigate the claimed spotting of a real-life unicorn. Cowboys patrol the streets of the town, just like in the old Wild West. The President of the Natural History Society has promised a reward of a million dollar to whoever manages to capture the unicorn. But do unicorns even exist? This is undoubtedly a case for Detective Agency No. 2, who ride out on the prairie to get to the bottom of the mystery. But they’re not the only ones searching for this special animal… Along the way we get to take part in the solving of the mystery, just like in the other thrilling activity books from the Detective Agency No. 2 universe.  

The Search for Unicorn is the seventh activity book in Jørn Lier Horst and Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 series.

Jørn Lier Horst No. 6 in Germany

A Question of Guilt, the final installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s lauded Cold Case Quartet, debuts on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for trade paperbacks this week, going straight to No. 6.

Jørn Lier Horst No. 4 in Iceland

The Katharina Code, the first installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s Cold Case Quartet, is No. 4 on the official bestseller list for the month of March in Iceland.

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