Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo played football for Norway's premier league team Modle, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore crucial ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di derre (Them There). Their second album topped the charts in Norway, but he continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat. He is regarded as one of Europe's leading crime writers, with both The Leopard and Phantom topping the UK bestseller charts, and his novels are published in 40 countries.

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Random House New Zealand has launched a new Crime & Thrillers website that will showcase a wide spectrum of crime fiction and true crime titles. Find the latest crime fiction news, debut authors, author interviews and much more. 

Jan 31

Our Forensic Guide to Crime

by Brett Osmond on 31 January 2014

Discover our new bestsellers to watch out for in 2014, plus a new crime genre or author. 


Books by Jo Nesbo