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Jo Nesbø

Author of The Snowman

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About the Author

Jo Nesbø was born on March 29, 1960 in Molde, Norway. He graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics and business administration. He worked as a freelance journalist and a stockbroker before he began his writing career. He is the author of The Harry Hole series and show more The Doctor Proctor series. The 2011 film Headhunters is based on his novel Hodejegerne (The Headhunters). In 2017 he made The New York Times Best Seller List with his title, The Thirst. He is also the main vocalist and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Credit: Hannibal (Wikipedia user), Gothenburg Book Fair 2007


Works by Jo Nesbø

The Snowman (2010) 5,401 copies
The Redbreast (2000) 4,465 copies
The Bat (2012) 3,844 copies
Nemesis (2008) 3,320 copies
The Devil's Star (2005) 3,268 copies
The Leopard (2009) 2,990 copies
The Redeemer (2009) 2,730 copies
Phantom (2012) 2,335 copies
Cockroaches (1998) 2,294 copies
Police (2013) 1,991 copies
Headhunters (2008) 1,875 copies
The Son (2014) 1,650 copies
The Thirst (2017) 1,419 copies
Macbeth (2018) 1,059 copies
Blood on Snow (2015) 1,057 copies
Knife (2019) 867 copies
Midnight Sun (2015) 843 copies
The Kingdom (2020) 598 copies
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder (2007) 466 copies
Killing Moon (2022) 374 copies
Bubble in the Bathtub (2008) 209 copies
The Night House (2023) 191 copies
Who Cut the Cheese? (2012) 173 copies
The Magical Fruit (2013) 113 copies
Harry Hole: Books 1-10 (1970) 57 copies
Silent (but Deadly) Night (2016) 43 copies
The White Hotel (2007) 20 copies
Karusellmusikk : noveller (2001) 15 copies
The Bat | Cockroaches (2006) 10 copies
La Casa de la Noche (2023) 4 copies
Serum CD (2006) 3 copies
Rat island 2 copies
Scarafaggi (2017) 2 copies
Syn 2 copies
The Snowman, Part 1 (2007) 2 copies
The Snowman, Part 2 (2017) 2 copies
The Leopard, Part 2 (2018) 1 copy
The Leopard, Part 1 (2018) 1 copy
The Redbreast, Part 2 (2017) 1 copy
The Redbreast, Part 1 (2017) 1 copy
Krallik (2021) 1 copy
La Casa de la Nit (2024) 1 copy
The Thidrst 1 copy
℗Il ℗fratello (2022) 1 copy
Zedj (2017) 1 copy
Noz (2019) 1 copy
Netopyr' (miag) (2014) 1 copy
℗Il ℗coltello (2020) 1 copy
Verekuu 1 copy
Snješko 1 copy
Rat Island 1 copy
Slāpes : romāns (2018) 1 copy
Il pettirosso (2017) 1 copy
Nemesi (2017) 1 copy
Luna rossa 1 copy
Liliacul (2018) 1 copy
Prízraky 1 copy
Zatm♯n©Ư 1 copy
Rød Hals 1 copy
Leur domaine 1 copy
Le sauveur 1 copy
Smäd 1 copy
Harry Hole: Books 1-8 (2010) 1 copy
Pancierové srdce (2013) 1 copy
Occupied 1 copy
Nemesis, Part 1 (2019) 1 copy
Nemesis, Part 2 (2019) 1 copy
The Redeemer, Part 1 (2019) 1 copy
Stemmer fra Balkan (1999) 1 copy
The Redeemer, Part 2 (2019) 1 copy

Associated Works

Hunger (1890) — Introduction, some editions — 4,531 copies
The Man on the Balcony (1968) — Introduction, some editions — 1,326 copies
The Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2022 (2022) — Contributor — 40 copies
Headhunters [2011 film] (2014) — Original novel — 29 copies
Jackpot [2011 film] (2011) — Story — 5 copies
Bubble in the Bathtub [2015 film] — Original novel — 1 copy
Occupied (2015- TV Series) — Original Idea — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Nesbø, Jo
Oslo, Norway
Places of residence
Oslo, Norway
Molde, Norway
Norwegian School of Economics
crime novelist
professional football player
Di Derre [musical group]
Awards and honors
Glasnöklen (Glass Key Award)
Niclas Salomonsson (Salomonsson Agency)
Short biography
JO NESBØ is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as a writer. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard and Phantom, and he is also the author of several stand-alone novels and the Doctor Proctor series of children's books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel.



DNF'd at 65%. Full of unlikable characters (not in a fun way) and dated language/ideas. And since the only characters I liked get killed off... Well there's not really a point in continuing. On to other books!
escapinginpaper | 187 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
Knife is the 12th installment of Norwegian Jo Nesbø's excellent crime series, set in Oslo, and featuring police detective Harry Hole. Harry's on-off relationship with Rakel, with her son Oleg, and his serious issues with addiction - mostly alcohol but occasionally opium - have punctuated this series since it began. The books paint a picture of a tortured character, always just inches away from downing another bottle of Jim Beam, forever pushing things to the limit so that his relationship with Rakel will end, so he can prove to himself once again that he never deserved to have her. Harry seems incapable of happiness, of steadiness, of walking a straight line in his life. He's a brilliant detective, gifted with a preternatural intuition, and the gift of noticing the tiny details that others miss. However, Harry's career with the Oslo police keeps tanking as his alcoholism and his devil-may-care lack of interest in ethical police work frustrate and enrage his co-workers and his superiors. The tall, craggy detective has very few allies by time this 12th book begins.

One of the people he's alienated, again, is Rakel, who has thrown him out. We don't know why (yet), but readers following Harry's career will know that he's done something unforgiveable yet again. The shock that follows Nesbø's establishment of Harry's current state is that Rakel is dead. Murdered. Stabbed. Harry, of course, is chief suspect. Even Harry's not sure what he did that night as he was in an alcoholic blackout and can't remember anything. What Harry does know is that he's going to establish his guilt or his innocence beyond a doubt, and thus a grim and fascinating story begins.

Nesbø was a good storyteller from the beginning. His first Harry Hole novel, The Bat, was thin, and set in Australia. It was a good book, and it caught my interest because I was very attracted to Harry's character, capable of love and of murder, a man who was neither black nor white, nor grey, but a terrifying mixture of all three. He was a deeply unstable man, but charming, and so I've followed him for many, many years. Nesbø has become an extremely gifted writer, capable of detailed character description, intricate plotting, and able to share Harry's despair-ridden life with his readers. Knife was an excellent book. It was gripping, terribly sad, powered by bleakness, and hopelessness, and fear. It could be read by someone new to the series, but those who have followed Nesbø's series will enjoy it most, this revisit to the darkest sides of Harry's life.
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ahef1963 | 26 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |
In Oslo, women using the Tinder app are being targeted by a thirsty vampire, or so the crime scenes seem to show. The space between murders is speeding up and drastic steps to catch the killer are being taken by the Oslo crime squad under the direction of Katrine Bratt. One of Katrine's main objectives is to recruit Harry Hole to help out with the investigation.

Harry isn't a policeman anymore. He's quit chasing killers, he's quit drinking, he's married, with a stepson and a teaching job at the Police Academy. His life is stable until he finds he cannot resist the lure of hunting down murderers, and cannot live with himself should his reluctance to return to the all-consuming rush of police work lead to more dead women.

I thought that sober, married Harry would be dull, but there is no boredom in this novel. Fast-paced, frightening, compulsive, the novel pulls you in as surely as drink pulls in Harry. I stayed up way too late at night finishing this novel, and can't wait for the next one. Top marks to Jo Nesbo, still my favourite in the world of Scandinavian crime.
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ahef1963 | 44 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |
Ooof. I'm exhausted. The length of this novel - more than 700 pages - may have something to do with it. But the impossible pace and number of sub-plots in this very noir indeed detective novel keep the adrenalin buzzing. There are plenty of murders which are the stuff of nightmares, plenty of political (with a small 'p')shenanigans back at Police HQ, and a sleuth, Harry Hole, who's the stuff of nightmares too: alcoholic, drug-addict, anti-authority. It was a can't-put-it-down read, but at the same time, I'm in no hurry to read any more Harry Hole sagas: I can't stand the pace. My next read may be something soothing, an everyday story of countryfolk… (more)
Margaret09 | 104 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |


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