Tuesday, April 22, 2008


As an accredited Nesbo nutter I received an email from the Salomonsson Agency the other day with this information proving truth is stranger than fiction.

[Argentinian newspaper] Clarín, 10.04.2008


A review of the clever heist of a crime novel.
The following story is best described as taking place in the grey zone wherea criminal act meets genius marketing. According to a press statement fromthe Argentinian publishing house Nuevo Extremo, the first print-run of theSpanish edition of Jo Nesbo's crime novel The Redbreast has been stolen.The heist took place on the morning of 8th April, as the books were being transported from the printing house to the publisher's warehouse. An armed man and his partner blocked off the road for the van carrying 3,000 copies of the book at an intersection in the San Martín neighborhood in BuenosAires. The men got into the truck, and after several rounds in the vehicle with the driver still in it, moved the books into another truck. The robbers then headed for the Pan americana highway, which is located by a mall in Don Torcuato, some 40 km from the city center of Buenos Aires. The truck was eventually found in the mall's parking lot, but the copies of The Redbreast had already been removed.

The San Martín police confirm that the truck driver reported the heist. They do however claim that they did not know what the truck contained, and that this information was recently demanded by the state prosecutor, who is responsible for the matter.

The publishing house, on the other hand, claims that the contents of the truck was indeed mentioned in the police report.
The Redbreast won the Glass Key for Best Scandinavian crime novel 1999, andis the second book about Harry Hole, the hard-boiled and edgy Oslo police inspector who this time finds himself in the tracks of a crime with links to a group of neo-Nazis.
On Friday 25th April, Jo Nesbo is due to participate in a Norwegian cultural soirée during this year's edition of the international book fair in BuenosAires. The Argentinian publishing house is now frantically trying to get their hands on new copies of the book for the fair.'


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing story, Norm. Truth really is stranger than fiction. Do you think those Nazis in hiding might be behind this?

Your tentacles are amazing, I am impressed how you find out these things - you would have had as stellar a career as a journalist as you in fact had as a dentist.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

It's nice to know someone cared enough about crime fiction to commit this dastardly act.

Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

10:39 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Maxine, I don't quite know how I got this story as I can't remember contacting the agency with my email address.
So rather than my amazing investigative journalism skills it is remains just a mystery to me.

You might be right about those Nazis in hiding in Argentina, although it would have to be their grandchildren doing the heist after all these years.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Unless their evil scientists have perfected a fiendish youthifying pill to keep their leaders alive until they are ready to take to their walkers and take over the world.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

7:18 PM  

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