Author Spotlight on Jo Nesbø
By Rachel Reeves
Nesbø came from a family of readers and storytellers. His love of writing and reading came from his mother who was a librarian and his father who used to tell long stories every afternoon. When Nesbø was seven he demanded his father read him ‘Lord of the Flies’, not because he was aware of William Golding’s excellence but because it had a picture of a bloody decapitated pigs head on the cover! Experiencing ‘Lord of the Flies’ went on to convince Nesbø that he could write a better more exciting story, he had already been telling gruesome ghost stories to the neighborhood children and completely terrifying all of them.
Before Nesbø realized his dream of becoming a writer he was sure he would make it as a soccer super star and play for the Tottenham Hotspurs in the Premiership League. He did play for a local Norweigan team, Molde, before being benched for life with a serious knee injury that meant his dreams of the Premiership League were never going to be realized.
Nesbø went on to enroll at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen , as he was unsure of what he wanted to do with his life and Economics and Business seemed like a practical life direction. While economics and business provided a steady income Nesbø needed a creative outlet, he joined the band Di Derre and became a pop star in Norway! After a year of balancing his career and his bands demands Nesbø was so burnt out and needed a break, this came in the form of six months in Australia. A publishing company had suggested that he write a book about his life on the road as a pop star, Nesbø decided against this and instead spent the thirty hour flight coming up with the plot for his first ever Harry Hole novel!
He sent his finished manuscript to a publisher using a pseudonym out of fear that his life as a pop star would mean a temptation to publish his novel even if it wasn’t good. Nesbø quit his job once he realized that writing is what he was meant to do with his life and a few weeks later he got a call about his manuscript, they were going to publish his book!
The Harry Hole series went on to win Nesbø multiple awards, the series features eleven thrilling books:
- The Bat
- The Cockroaches
- The Redbreast
- The Devil’s Star
- The Redeemer
- The Snowman
- The Leopard
Nesbø then broke away from Harry Hole and published two stand-alone novels:
- Headhunters is our first encounter with Roger Brown, charming villain and a man who seems to have it all; one of Norway’s most successful headhunters, husband to beautiful gallery owner Diana, owns a magnificent house – all in all his life is perfect. But he has a dark secret, one that involves the dangerous game of art theft. Meeting Clas Greve at a gallery opening seems to be fate handing Brown the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. Not only is Brown perfect for a CEO position Brown is recruiting for but he also owns a priceless piece of art Brown can’t wait to get his hands on. He soon runs into trouble – and this time it’s not financial problems that are his biggest threat!
- The Son set within Oslo’s brutal crime hierarchy of corruption introduces us to Sonny Loftus; imprisoned for half his life, serving time for a crime he didn’t commit; his only payment an uninterrupted supply of heroin. At the center of a vortex of corruption everyone seems to be focused on the mutual goal of keeping Sonny stoned and imprisoned. But when Sonny discovers the truth about his father’s suicide – his cop father had committed suicide years earlier due to fear of being exposed – he makes a daring yet brilliant plan to escape prison and hunt down the people responsible. But he’s also being hunted and two questions remain: who will get to him first, and what will he do when cornered?
Nesbø went on break the mold of crime fiction writer and created the hilarious series of children’s titles Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder. This follows the story of Doctor Proctor, a crazy professor waiting for his big break and his adventures with neighboring children Lise and her friend Nilly. The books are hilarious but also instil the ‘importance of being who you are and the ability of human creativity and imagination to give you the courage to do so.’
From the bestselling author of BAFTA nominated Headhunters, comes a brand new thriller – Blood On Snow.
|Blood On Snow Jo Nesbo|
Olav lives the lonely life of a fixer. When you ‘fix’ people for a living – terminally – it’s hard to get close to anyone.
Now he’s finally met the woman of his dreams.
But there are two problems.
She’s his boss’ wife. And Olav’s just been hired to kill her.