A Norwegian author and musician, Jo Nesbø has sold more than one and a half million copies of his novels in Norway alone. Critically acclaimed and praised for his in-depth knowledge and psychological insights, Nesbø is considered to be a leading crime and thriller novelist in Europe. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages for a worldwide readership. Predominantly famous for his Detective Harry crime novels, Nesbø is also the lead vocalist and songwriter of the Norwegian rock band Di Derre.
Jo Nesbø was born in Oslo on March 29, 1960. Nesbø spent his growing years in Molde and studied at the Norwegian School of Economics where he received a degree in Business Administration and Economics. Before beginning a career in writing, Jo Nesbø worked as freelance journalist and a stockbroker. He published his first crime novel, The Bat Man in 1997, the first book of the Harry Hole series. The novel caught instant fame winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. After the success of his first novel, Nesbø focused on writing more and has so far produced 9 Harry Hole novels, all of which have seen tremendous success selling 9 million copies globally. The series revolves around a tough detective, Harry Hole solving difficult crimes on the streets of Oslo. The intelligently written often violent novels capture the readers with their gripping suspense till the end. The Snowman (2010) created waves in the UK and remained on the bestseller list of the Sunday Times for more than three consecutive months. The Leopard (2011) topped the Sunday Times lists of hardback fiction and paperback charts in the top ten overall bestsellers.
The Doktor Proktor is another series by Jo Nesbø created for children. The first book of the series, Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder was released in 2007 followed by Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder: Bubble in the Bathtub in 2008. The third book of the series, Doctor Proctor and the Destruction of the World. Maybe was published in 2010. In addition to his two famous serials, Jo Nesbø is also an author to four stand alone novels.
Nesbø’s literary talents have been acknowledged by a number of prestigious awards. In 1997 he received the Riverton Prize 1997 for Best Norwegian Crime Novel of the Year for his novel, The Bat Man. The novel also won the Glass Key Award in 1998 for Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year. He was awarded the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize for Best Novel of the Year 2000 for The Redbreast. The Redbreast was also recognized by the Norwegian book clubs in 2004 by stating it the Best Norwegian Crime Novel Ever Written. Nesbø received international accreditation when The Finnish Academy of Crime Writers’ Special Commendation awarded him for Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing for his novel, The Devil’s Star. In addition to winning The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize in 2007, The Snowman was also awarded The Norwegian Book Club Prize 2008 for Best Novel of the Year. Nesbø was nominated again for the Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize in 2008 for Headhunters and Doctor Proctor’s Time Bathtub. Another prestigious nomination linked to Nesbø’s name is that of the esteemed Edgar Award for Nemesis in 2010.