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March 29, 1960 |
|Genres||Crime fiction, mystery fiction, children's books|
|Subjects||crime, thriller, mystery|
|Notable work(s)||The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Devil's Star|
Jo Nesbø (pronounced [ˈju ˈnɛsbø]; born 29 March 1960) is an Edgar Award nominated Norwegian author and musician. As of September 2008 more than 1.5 million copies of his novels have been sold in Norway, and his work has been translated into over 40 languages. Nesbø is primarily known for his crime novels about Inspector Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocalist and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. In 2007 Nesbø also released his first children's book, Doktor Proktors prumpepulver (English translation: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder). The 2011 film Headhunters is based on Nesbø's novel Hodejegerne (The Headhunters).
Early life 
Nesbø is represented by Salomonsson Agency. The No.1 national bestseller, The Bat, is the first installment in the Harry Hole series.
The series follows Harry Hole, a tough detective who struggles with alcoholism and works on solving crimes on the streets of Oslo. Hole takes on murderers, bank robbers, gangsters and the establishment, but actually also spends a significant amount of time battling nightmares and his own demons. The Harry Hole novels are violent and often feature women in peril, as typified by Snowman.
The Doktor Proktor series 
Follows the story of Doctor Proctor, a crazy professor waiting for his big break, his next-door neighbor Lise and her peculiar friend Bulle. The ruthless twins Truls and Trym Thrane sometimes lurk in the background. This series is reminiscent of Roald Dahl's books. It deals with "the importance of being who you are and the ability of human creativity and imagination to give you the courage to do so."
Personal life 
The Harry Hole novels 
- 1997 – Flaggermusmannen "Bat Man": The Bat (2012)
- 1998 – Kakerlakkene "Cockroaches": The Cockroaches (2013)
- 2000 – Rødstrupe "Robin"; English translation by Don Bartlett: The Redbreast (2006)
- 2002 – Sorgenfri "Free of Sorrow"; English translation by Don Bartlett: Nemesis (2008)
- 2003 – Marekors "Pentagram"; English translation by Don Bartlett: The Devil's Star (2005)
- 2005 – Frelseren "Savior"; English translation by Don Bartlett: The Redeemer (2009)
- 2007 – Snømannen "Snowman"; English translation by Don Bartlett: The Snowman (2010)
- 2009 – Panserhjerte "Armored Heart"; English translation by Don Bartlett: The Leopard (2011)
- 2011 – Gjenferd "Ghosts"; English translation by Don Bartlett: Phantom (2012)
- 2013 - Politi "Police"
The Doctor Proctor novels 
- 2007 – Doktor Proktors Prompepulver; English translation: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder
- 2008 – Doktor Proktors Prompepulver: tidsbadekaret; English translation: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder: "The time Bathtub
- 2010 – Doktor Proktor og verdens undergang. Kanskje.; English translation: Doctor Proctor and the End of the world. Maybe.
- 2012 - Doktor Proktor og det store Gullrøveriet.; English translation: Doctor Proctor and the big Gold Robbery.
Stand-alone novels 
- 1999 – Stemmer fra Balkan/Atten dager i mai; English translation: Figures in the Balkans (with Espen Søbye, documentary)
- 2001 – Karusellmusikk (short stories)
- 2007 – Det hvite hotellet; English translation: The White Hotel
- 2008 – Hodejegerne; English translation by Don Bartlett: The Headhunters. Adapted into the 2011 film of the same name.
Awards and nominations 
- The Riverton Prize 1997 for Best Norwegian Crime Novel of the Year (The Bat)
- The Glass Key Award 1998 for Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year (The Bat)
- The Norwegian Booksellers' Prize for Best Novel of the Year 2000 (The Redbreast)
- The Mads Wiel Nygaards Bursary 2002 (Nemesis)
- Best Norwegian Crime Novel Ever Written awarded by the Norwegian book clubs in 2004 (The Redbreast)
- The Finnish Academy of Crime Writers' Special Commendation 2007 for Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing (The Devil’s Star)
- Shortlisted for Duncan Lawrie International Dagger 2007 (The Redbreast)
- The Norwegian Booksellers' Prize or Best Novel of the Year 2007 (The Snowman)
- Shortlisted for Ark's Children's Book Award for Best Children's Book 2007 (Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder)
- The Norwegian Book Club Prize 2008 for Best Novel of the Year (The Snowman)
- Nominated for the Norwegian Bookseller's Prize 2008 (Headhunters and Doctor Proctor's Time Bathtub)
- Nominated for the Edgar Award 2010 (Nemesis)
- Awarded the Norwegian Peer Gynt Prize.
- Monica Hesse (May 3, 2011). "Jo Nesbo, the next Stieg Larsson?". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
- "Jo Nesbo – Official UK Site". Jonesbo.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
- Charles McGrath (June 15, 2012). "Norway Has Noir; Just Ask Jo Nesbo". The New York Times. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
- Law, Janice (2011-11-10). "All the Beautiful Girls are Murdered". SleuthSayers.
- http://jonesbo.com/#!/about-the-author. Missing or empty
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