Friday, January 29, 2010


The future looks bright for for fans of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole books from the information in the first newsletter of 2010 sent out by the Salomonsson Agency.

Nemesis [Harry Hole no. 4] has been nominated for an Edgar award for Best Novel. The Edgar is arguably the most prestigious crime writing award in the world. It is presented by the Mystery Writers of America, which is "the premier organization for mystery and crime writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and folks who just love to read crime fiction."

We are still waiting for The Snowman [Harry Hole no. 7] to be published in English, but the newsletter teases us by going on to say.

The Leopard [Harry Hole no.8] was published in Norway in 2009, outselling Dan Brown and Henning Mankell by far.
In the words of one Norwegian critic [ABC Nyheter]:

"This is not only Norway's best crime novel. It may be the world's best."
The Leopard will be out in Germany next month.

Here is a taster of The Leopard:

Two women are found murdered in Oslo-both of them have drowned in their own blood. What mystifies the police, is that the puncture wounds in the victim's faces have been caused from the the inside of their mouths. Kaja Solness from Oslo Homicide is sent to Hong Kong to track down a man that is the Oslo Police Department's only specialist on serial killings. The severely addicted detective has tried to disappear in the vast, anonymous city. He is on the run and haunted by his last case, the woman he loves, and creditors alike. His name is Harry Hole.


Blogger Maxine Clarke said...

Thanks for this news - sounds great (well, not the wait, but the books!). The Snowman is out pretty soon now, pity we have to wait for The Leopard but I suppose Don B deserves a break between assignments ;-)

Did you see Petrona yesterday - I posted a link to a Q/A with Nesbo at PW (link sent to me by Dave Lull).

All the best, Norman, thanks again for this welcome news.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks Maxine, I always read Petrona and yesterday it lead me to hope the first two Harry Hole's might be translated in my lifetime.
No break for Don B is my motto. ;o)

12:19 PM  

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