Jørn Lier Horst

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Jørn Lier Horst
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Jørn Lier Horst
Born Jørn Lier Olsen
(1970-02-27) 27 February 1970 (age 47)
Bamble, Telemark, Norway
Residence Stavern, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Occupation Writer, police officer (formerly)
Years active 2004–present
Notable work William Wisting series, Clue series
Spouse(s) Beate Horst (m. 1995)
Children 2

Jørn Lier Horst (born 27 February 1970, in Bamble, Telemark) is a Norwegian author of crime fiction and a former Senior Investigating Officer at Vestfold Police district. He made his debut in 2004 with the crime novel Key Witness, based on a true murder story. The detective character in his novels is William Wisting. He has also written children books, including a series named Clue.

Personal life[edit]

Jørn was the youngest of two brothers. He was born in Porsgrunn on 27 February 1970. His parents were Oddvar and Hildur Lier Olsen. In 1995 he married Beate Horst, and now uses her surname. They live in Stavern with their two children.


William Wisting series[edit]

  1. Key Witness (Org. Nøkkelvitnet, 2004)
  2. Disappearance of Felicia (Org. Felicia forsvant, 2005)
  3. When the Sea Calms (Org. Når havet stilner, 2006)
  4. The Only One (Org. Den eneste ene, 2007)
  5. Nocturnal Man (Org. Nattmannen, 2009)
  6. Dregs (Org. Bunnfall, 2010) - translated into English by Anne Bruce, 2011
  7. Closed for Winter (Org. Vinterstengt, 2011) - translated into English 2013
  8. The Hunting Dogs (Org. Jakthundene, 2012) - translated into English 2014
  9. The Caveman (Org. Hulemannen, 2013) - translated into English 2015
  10. Ordeal (Org. Blindgang, 2015) - translated into English 2016
  11. When It Grows Dark (Org. Når Det Mørkner, 2016) - translated into English 2016

Children's books[edit]

Detektivbyrå Nr2 bokkenen

Clue series[edit]

  1. Salamandergåten (2012) (The Salamander Puzzle)
  2. Maltsergåten (2012) (The Maltese Puzzle)
  3. Undervannsgåten (2013) (The Underwater Puzzle)
  4. Gravrøvergåten (2013) (The Graveyard Thief Puzzle)
  5. Libertygåten (2014) (The Liberty Puzzle)
  6. Esmeraldgåten (2014) (The Emerald Puzzle)
  7. Rivertongåten (2014) (The Rivertone Puzzle)
  8. Hodeskallegåten (coming 9 October 2016) (The Skull Puzzle)
  9. Ulvehundgåten (February 2016) (The Wolf Dog Puzzle)
  10. Sjøormgåten (November 2016) (The seamonster puzzle)


The Norwegian Booksellers' Prize in 2011 for Closed for Winter
The Riverton Prize in 2013 for The Hunting Dogs
The Glass Key award in 2013 for The Hunting Dogs
The Martin Beck Award in 2014 for The Hunting Dogs
The Petrona Award in 2016 for The Caveman

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