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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 LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
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

The Cold Case Quartet

CLUE

The Wisting Quartet

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes

Detective Agency No. 2

Activity books

Children’s non-fiction

Stand-alone

Related news

‘The Last Snow,’ ‘The Inner Darkness’ and ‘Storm Watch’ on Dagens Nyheter’s Best Crime Novels of 2020 list

Sweden’s leading newspaper Dagens Nyheter has chosen Stina Jackson’s The Last Snow, Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness, and Kristina Ohlsson’s Storm Watch as three of their “Best Crime Novels of 2020.” Literary critic Lotta Olsson gives the following reviews:

“Stina Jackson debuted with The Silver Road two years ago: a brilliantly told story of rural villages, forests, and lonely girls. The Last Snow is at times even better.” (The Last Snow)

“Jørn Lier Horst raises the suspense level to horror proportions.” (The Inner Darkness)

“Kristina Ohlsson succeeds in combining suspense, feelgood and social realism.” (Storm Watch)

The November bestseller list for children’s fiction in Norway

Detective Agency No. 2’s seasonal booklet for 2020, The Search for the Gingerbread Man, sails to No. 2 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for children’s fiction. However, it isn’t the only title from the series that’s featured: Operation Red Ribbon appears at No. 4.

Jørn Lier Horst and Jo Nesbø shortlisted for BOK365’s Book of the Year Award

Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst are two of the authors shortlisted for the Norwegian book industry publication BOK365’s Book of the Year Award. Nesbø is nominated for his stand-alone The Kingdom, while Horst features on the list with A Question of Guilt, the fourth installment in the Cold Case Quartet.

The 2020 Petrona Award shortlist

The Petrona Award’s jury has just presented its shortlist for the 2020 Petrona Award for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.’ The list of six nominees include Antti Tuomainen’s Little Siberia, Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road, Jørn Lier Horst’s The Cabin, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s The Absolution and Thomas Enger’s Inborn.

A quote from the judges about the titles shortlisted for this year’s award:

“The Petrona Award judges selected the shortlist from a rich field. The six novels stand out for their writing, characterisation, plotting, and overall quality. They are original and inventive, often pushing the boundaries of genre conventions, and tackle highly complex subjects such as legacies of the past, mental health issues and the effects of grief.”

The winning title, usually announced at the international crime fiction convention CrimeFest, will now be announced on Thursday 3 December, 2020.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Lars Kepler’s The Mirror Man doesn’t budge from its placements on the Norwegian bestseller lists, coming in at No. 1 in e-books and No. 3 in hardcover also this week. Also on the e-book list is Jørn Lier Horst’s A Question of Guilt, which places at No. 4.

‘The Cabin’ No. 1 in Estonia

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Cabin – the second installment in the Cold Case Quartet – has sailed to No. 1 on Rahva Raamat’s bestseller list for e-books. Rahva Raamat is the largest retail and wholesale bookseller in Estonia.

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