Jo Nesbo is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers, with The Leopard, Phantom, Police, The Son and The Thirst all topping the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He has sold over 50 million books worldwide, and has been translated into more than 50 languages. He is today regarded as on of the best crime writers of our time. Before becoming a writer, Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally ended when he tore ligaments in his knee. After three years of military service, he attended business school and formed the band Di Derre (Them There). They topped the charts in Norway, but he continued working as a financial analyst during the day.
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. Since then, he has written 13 more novels featuring his tough detective. Harry is back in Nesbo's latest thriller, Killing Moon.
In 2007 Nesbo also released his first children's book,
Doktor Proktors Prompepulver, about the aging inventor Doktor Proktor, his next-door neighbor Lise and their peculiar friend Bulle is reminiscent of the books by Roald Dahl.