Jo Nesbø was born in 1960 in Molde in Norway. He studied Economics and Business Administration and worked as a freelance journalist and as a stockbroker before becoming a writer.
But Nesbo’s first love was soccer. At the age of 17 he played for Molde, a premier league team in Norway and hoped to continue his soccer career in England. But injuries put an end to his ambitions. Nesbo has also played in a band and written songs for much of his adult life.
It was on a trip to Australia that Nesbo started his first book. He was supposed to write an article about travelling with a band, but instead started work on his first novel. ‘The Bat’ was a success and Nesbo’s writing career has continued from there.
Nesbo still sings and plays guitar with his band. He lives in Oslo near his former wife and their daughter.
The Harry Hole novels
- Flaggermusmannen (1997) English: The Bat (#1) (2012)
- Kakerlakkene (1998) English: Cockroaches (#2) (2013)
- Rødstrupe (2000) English: The Redbreast (#3) (2006)
- Sorgenfri (2002) English: Nemesis (#4) (2008)
- Marekors (2003) English: The Devil’s Star (#5) (2005)
- Frelseren (2005) English: The Redeemer (#6) (2009)
- Snømannen (2007) English: The Snowman (#7) (2010)
- Panserhjerte (2009) English: The Leopard (#8) (2011)
- Gjenferd (2011) English: Phantom (#9) (2012)
- Politi (2013) English: Police (#10) (2013)
- The Thirst (#11) (2017)
- Knife (#12) (2019)
Blood on Snow Series
- Karusellmusikk (2001) – short stories
- Det hvite hotellet (2007) English: The White Hotel
- Hodejegerne (2008) English: Headhunters
- Sønnen (2014) English: The Son
- Macbeth (2018)
The Doctor Proctor novels
- Doktor Proktor og det store gullrøveriet (2012) English: Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder: The Great Gold Robbery
- Doktor Proktor og verdens undergang. Kanskje (2010) English: Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder: Who Cut the Cheese?/ Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder: The End of the World. Maybe
- Doktor Proktors tidsbadekaret (2008) English: Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder: Bubble in the Bathtub
- Doktor Proktors prompepulver (2007) English: Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder