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29 March 1960 |
|Genres||Crime fiction, mystery fiction, children's books|
|Subjects||Crime, thriller, mystery|
|Notable work(s)||The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Devil's Star, The Snowman|
Jo Nesbø (pronounced [ˈju ˈnɛsbø]; born 29 March 1960) is a Glass Key award winning 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, selling over 9 million copies (2013). 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 Prompepulver (English translation: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder). The 2011 film Headhunters is based on Nesbø's novel Hodejegerne (The Headhunters).
Nesbø is represented by the Salomonsson Agency.
The Harry Hole series
The series follows Harry Hole, a tough detective working for Crime Squad and later with the National Criminal Investigation Service (Kripos) who struggles with alcoholism and works on solving crimes in authentic locations in Oslo and elsewhere, from Australia to the Congo Republic. Hole takes on seemingly-unconnected cases, sometimes found to involve serial killers, bank robbers, gangsters or the establishment, but also spends a significant amount of time battling nightmares and his own demons. The Harry Hole novels are multi-layered, violent and often feature women in peril, as typified by The Snowman.
The Doctor Proctor 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."
as Tom Johansen
It was announced in October 2013 that, writing under the pen-name of Tom Johansen, Nesbø has written at least two novels provisionally entitled Blood on Snow and More Blood on the Water, scheduled to be published in autumn 2014 and spring 2015. It was further announced that Warner Brothers has bought the rights to Blood on Snow and plan to make a screen adaptation, to be produced by and possibly starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
A new TV crime drama series entitled Occupied, based on a concept by Jo Nesbø, is to be co-produced by Norway's NRK and French-German network Arte. Yellow Bird, the Swedish production house responsible for the Wallander TV series, and the films Headhunters and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has begun work on the first series of ten episodes. The series is described as a multi-layered political thriller which envisages what would happen if Norway were to be invaded by Russia in order to seize the nation's oil resources.
Jo Nesbø was a talented football player and played top-flight football for Molde FK until he tore the cruciate ligaments in his knee and had to concentrate on other aspects of his life. In addition to his career as author, Nesbø is also the main vocalist and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. He lives close to his former wife and daughter in Oslo.
The Harry Hole novels
- 1997 – Flaggermusmannen "The Bat Man"; English translation by Don Bartlett: The Bat (2012)
- 1998 – Kakerlakkene "The Cockroaches"; English translation by Don Bartlett: 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 "Saviour"; English translation by Don Bartlett: The Redeemer (2009)
- 2007 – Snømannen "The Snowman"; English translation by Don Bartlett: The Snowman (2010)
- 2009 – Panserhjerte "Armoured Heart"; English translation by Don Bartlett: The Leopard (2011)
- 2011 – Gjenferd "Ghost"; English translation by Don Bartlett: Phantom (2012)
- 2013 – Politi "Police"; English translation by Don Bartlett: Police (2013)
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: Bubble in the Bathtub
- 2010 – Doktor Proktor og verdens undergang. Kanskje.; English translation: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder: Who Cut the Cheese? (also known as Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder: The End of the World. Maybe.)
- 2012 – Doktor Proktor og det store Gullrøveriet.; English translation: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder: The Great Gold Robbery
- 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: Headhunters. Adapted into the 2011 film of the same name.
- 2014 – Sønner "Sons"
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 2013
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- Charles McGrath (15 June 2012). "Norway Has Noir; Just Ask Jo Nesbo". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- Law, Janice (10 November 2011). "All the Beautiful Girls are Murdered". SleuthSayers.
- "Harvill Secker Announces Two New Books From Jo Nesbo". booktrade.info. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Leonardo DiCaprio tilknyttet Nesbø-filmatisering". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-10-22.
- "Harvill Secker Announces Two New Books From Jo Nesbo". Ace Showbiz. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
- "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Producers Launch Jo Nesbø Series Occupied". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
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