Anne Holt

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Anne Holt
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Anne Holt
Born (1958-11-16) 16 November 1958 (age 58)
Larvik, Norway
Occupation Crime novelist
Nationality Norwegian
Genre Crime fiction, thriller fiction,
Subject crime, thriller, mystery
Notable works What is Mine, What Never Happens
Anne Holt
Minister of Justice
In office
25 November 1996 – 4 February 1997
Prime Minister Torbjørn Jagland
Preceded by Grete Faremo
Succeeded by Gerd-Liv Valla
Personal details
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Labour Party

Anne Holt (born 16 November 1958) is a Norwegian author, lawyer and former Minister of Justice.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Larvik, grew up in Lillestrøm and Tromsø, and moved to Oslo in 1978. Holt graduated with a law degree from the University of Bergen in 1986, and worked for The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) in the period 1984 to 1988.


She then worked at the Oslo Police Department for two years, earning her right to practice as a lawyer in Norway. In 1990 she returned to NRK, where she worked one year as a journalist and anchor woman for the news program Dagsrevyen.

Anne Holt started her own law practice in 1994, and served as Minister of Justice in Cabinet Jagland for a short period from 25 November 1996 to 4 February 1997. She resigned for health reasons, and was replaced by Gerd-Liv Valla.


In 1993 she made her debut as a novelist with the crime novel Blind gudinne, featuring the lesbian police officer Hanne Wilhelmsen. The two novels Løvens gap (1997) and Uten ekko (2000) are co-authored with her former state secretary Berit Reiss-Andersen.

She is one of the most successful crime novelists in Norway. She has been published in 25 countries. Val McDermid, a Scottish crime writer has once said that "Anne Holt is the latest crime writer to reveal how truly dark it gets in Scandinavia.”[1]

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Oslo with her registered partner Anne Christine Kjær (also known as Tine Kjær) and their daughter Iohanne.


The Hanne Wilhelmsen series[edit]

  • 1993 Blind gudinne (Blind Goddess)
  • 1994 Salige er de som tørster (Blessed Are Those Who Thirst)
  • 1995 Demonens død (Death of the Demon)
  • 1997 Løvens gap (co-authored with Berit Reiss-Andersen) (The Lion's Mouth)
  • 1999 Død joker (Dead Joker)
  • 2000 Uten ekko (co-authored with Berit Reiss-Andersen) (No Echo)
  • 2003 Sannheten bortenfor (The Truth Beyond)
  • 2007 1222
  • 2015 Offline (Odd Numbers)
  • 2016 I støv og aske

Separate titles[edit]

  • 1997 Mea culpa
  • 1998 I hjertet av VM. En fotballreise (co-authored with Erik Langbråten)
  • 1999 Bernhard Pinkertons store oppdrag
  • 2010 Flimmer (co-authored with Even Holt)
  • 2014 Sudden death (co-authored with Even Holt)

The Vik/Stubø series[edit]


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Preceded by
Gro Dahle
Recipient of the Cappelen Prize
Succeeded by
Jan Jakob Tønseth
Preceded by
Grete Faremo
Minister of Justice and Public Security
Succeeded by
Gerd-Liv Valla