Often credited with sparking the international craze for ‘Scandi-noir’, Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø can include professional footballer and rock band member to his CV. A keen footballer, Nesbø made his professional debut with the Norwegian Premiership team Molde at seventeen before a cruciate ligament injury scotched his chances of a sporting career. After university he began a career as a financial analyst alongside recording and performing with the chart-topping Norwegian band Di Derre before writing his first novel, The Bat to pass the time on a thirty hour flight from Oslo to Sydney.
That novel became the first in a phenomenally successful crime series, starring legendary detective Harry Hole. His books have now been published in over 50 languages, selling over 33 million copies worldwide. Several of his novels have been made into feature films, including the Harry Hole mystery The Snowman, which broke records as the fastest-selling novel in Norwegian history. In 2007, Nesbø began publishing children’s books with the novel Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder which became a popular series. In 2009, he set up the Harry Hole Foundation to help support education in the third world. In 2018 he wrote Macbeth, a crime novel based on Shakespeare’s tragedy for the Hogarth Shakespeare Project.
Written for the Hogarth Shakespeare Project and inspired by Shakespeare's Macbeth, Nesbo takes the character of a superstitious, ruthlessly ambitious king and transposes it to the world of investigative crime. Combining classic Nesbo noir with an interrogation into the psychology of crime, Macbeth is a novel that turns the tables on criminal and detective, victim and perpetrator, leading readers down an ever-darkening path.
The Harry Hole Series in Order
Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder Series In Order