Jo Nesbø

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Jo Nesbø
Nesbø in 2008.
Nesbø in 2008.
BornJon Nesbø
(1960-03-29) 29 March 1960 (age 63)
Oslo, Norway
OccupationNovelist, musician, football player
LanguageNorwegian; English
GenreCrime fiction, horror fiction, mystery fiction, children's books; juvenile fiction
SubjectCrime, thriller, mystery
Notable workHarry Hole series
Notable awardsRiverton Prize

Jo Nesbø (Norwegian: [ˈjuː ˈnɛ̀sbøː]; born Jon Nesbø;[1] 29 March 1960) is a Norwegian writer, musician, economist, and former footballer and journalist . More than 3 million copies of his novels had been sold in Norway as of March 2014. [2] His books have been translated into over 50 languages, and by 2021 had sold some 50 million copies worldwide. This had made him the most successful Norwegian author of all time.[3][4][5][6]

Nesbø is best known for writing crime novels featuring Inspector Harry Hole [en]. However, in 2007 he released his first children's book, Doktor Proktors Prompepulver (English translation: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder [en]). He also had his book Hodejegerne (English translation: The Headhunters) turned into the 2011 action thriller film of the same name. Nesbø has also had the idea for the Norweigian political thriller TV series Okkupert (English translation: Occupied).

Nesbø is also the main singer and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre [en], which started in 1992. Nesbø's brother, Knut Nesbø, used to be a guitarist for the band. The band was awarded the Gammleng-prisen, a Norwegian culture award, in 1996. They have also had a number one record chart with Jenter & sånn in 1994.

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  1. "Derfor måtte han bytte navn". forbes (in Norwegian). 28 August 2022. Retrieved 28 August 2022."
  2. "Headhunters by Jo Nesbø" (review). Life in Norway. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2019. "As of March 2014 more than 3 million copies of his novels have been sold in Norway, and his work has been translated into over 40 languages, selling 23 million copies."
  3. Siegel, Lee (5 May 2014). "Pure Evil: Jo Nesbø and the rise of Scandinavian crime fiction". The New Yorker. Retrieved 1 December 2019. "Nesbø’s Harry Hole novels have sold twenty-three million copies, in forty languages."
  4. Milne, Richard (21 April 2017). "Jo Nesbo, the Norwegian crime writer, on his climbing addiction". Financial Times. Retrieved 1 December 2019. "Today, he is a best-selling crime writer, whose novels have sold some 33 million copies worldwide."
  5. "why Jo Nesbo avoids his fans at all costs". thenationalnews. 16 February 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  6. "Norway Crime Author Jo Nesbo Earns $51 Million Book Royalties in 2019". forbes. 19 August 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2020."