Jo Nesbø

The Redbreast

In one of the most ambitious and broad-scoped crime novels ever written in Scandinavia, Jo Nesbø tells a heartbreaking story of war, love and betrayal. Touching the sordid part of Norway’s past with a boldness that few other writers possess, Nesbø spins a fantastic detective story around the “front men” – the young Norwegians who fought for Hitler, and their idealism that was punished by their countrymen. Thus, this thriller – a chase-against-the-clock, as exciting as The Jackal – also becomes a deep and fearless investigation of the true meaning of betrayal.

The Redbreast was awarded with the Booksellers’ Prize (Bokhandlerprisen) 2000, as well as the special award ‘Best Norwegian Crime Novel of All Time’ (Tidenes Beste Norske Krimroman). In addition, it was shortlisted for The CWA International Dagger 2007.

Pristinely translated by Don Bartlett, Nesbo’s book eloquently uses its multiple horrors to advance a disturbing argument: suppressing history is an open invitation for history to repeat itself /.../ an elegant and complex thriller.

New York Times Book Review, US

…Seriously absorbing, the novel includes several star-crossed romances, neo-Nazis, and the deliberate poisoning-by-injection of an oak tree.

Entertainment Weekly, US

A complex utterly captivating story.

Evening Standard, UK

Exciting, witty, melancholy and thought-provoking…

Daily Telegraph, UK

Jo Nesbø

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Jo Nesbø (b. 1960) is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as one of the leading crime writers in the world. He is recognized for having widened the scope of the thriller with his unusual literary qualities and ambitions, his psychological insights and his in-depth knowledge of life in a modern, globalized world. His books have garnered countless international awards, sold 36 million copies, and been translated into 50 languages. In addition to the Harry Hole series he is the author of stand-alone novels Headhunters, The Son, Blood on Snow and Midnight Sun, as well as several children’s books in the Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder series.

Rights sold to

Albania, Dudaj
Arab World, Arab Scientific
Azerbaijan, Qanun
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Buybook
Brazil, Record
Bulgaria, Emas
Canada, Penguin Random House
Catalonia, Proa
China, Booky (Simplified Chinese)
Croatia, Znanje
Czech Republic, Zlin
Denmark, Modtryk
Estonia, Varrak
Finland, Johnny Kniga
France, Gallimard (Paperback)
France, Gaïa (Hardcover)
Germany, Ullstein
Greece, Metaixmio
Hungary, Animus
Iceland, Forlagid
Israel, Babel
Italy, Einaudi
Japan, Shueisha
Korea, Viche
Latvia, Kontinents
Lithuania, Baltos Lankos
Macedonia, Matica
Netherlands, Cargo
Norway, Aschehoug
Poland, Dolnoslaskie
Portugal, Dom Quixote
Russia, Inostranka
Serbia, Laguna
Slovakia, Ikar
Slovenia, Didakta
South Sami, Ord & Visor
Spain, RBA (World Spanish)
Sweden, Albert Bonniers
Taiwan, Azoth (Complex Chinese)
Thailand, WeLearn
Turkey, Dogan Egmont
UK & Commonwealth, Harvill
Ukraine, Folio
US, HarperCollins
Vietnam, Nha Nam

Film rights
UK/US, Working Title

Other titles

The Thirst
Police
Phantom
The Leopard
The Snowman
The Redeemer
The Devil’s Star
Nemesis
The Cockroaches
The Bat
Blood on Snow
Midnight Sun
The Son
Headhunters
A.Y.W.D.N.E (Animals You Wish Did Not Exist)
Can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas?
Doctor Proctor and the Great Gold Robbery
Doctor Proctor and the End of the World. Maybe
Doctor Proctor and the Time-Travel Bath Bomb
Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder

Foreign rights

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Awards

Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year Award, Sweden, 2017
Shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award, Sweden, 2017
Shortlisted for The European Crime Fiction Star Award, Germany, 2016
The Riverton Honor Prize, Norway, 2016
The IcePick Award (Best Translated Crime Novel), Iceland, 2015
Boréales Honorary Award (for his entire literary work), France, 2017
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Book of the Year Award, Norway, 2015
Shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis (Best Crime & Thriller of 2015), Germany, 2017
Shortlisted for the Brage Prize (Best Crime Novel), Norway, 2017
St. Petersburg Reads Award (Best International Author of the Year), Russia, 2014
Shortlisted for The IcePick Award (Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year), Iceland, 2014
Martinus Readers’ Choice Award (Best Foreign Author of the Year), Slovakia, 2014
Martinus Readers’ Choice Award (Best Novel of the Year), Slovakia, 2014
The Peer Gynt Prize (for his international success and for putting Norway on the map of international literature), Norway, 2013
Shortlisted for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards (The Bestseller Dagger), UK, 2012
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger (Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year), UK, 2012
Shortlisted for the Edgar Award (Best Novel of the Year), US, 2010
Shortlisted for the Macavity Awards (Best Mystery Novel), US, 2010
The Great Caliber Award of Honour (for his entire authorship), Poland, 2010
The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year), Denmark, 2009
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, UK, 2009
The Norwegian Book Club Prize (Best Novel of the Year), Norway, 2008
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Children’s Book Award (Best Children’s Book), Norway, 2008
The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize (Best Novel of the Year), Norway, 2007
The Norwegian Book Club Prize (Best Novel of the Year), Norway, 2007
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, UK, 2007
The Finnish Academy of Crime Writers’ Special Commendation (Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing), Finland, 2007
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Children’s Book Award (Best Children’s Book), Norway, 2007
Best Norwegian Crime Novel Ever Written (Awarded by the Norwegian Book Clubs), Norway, 2004
William Nygaard Bursary, Norway, 2002
The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize (Best Novel of the Year), Norway, 2000
The Glass Key (Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year), The Nordic Countries, 1998
The Riverton Prize (Best Norwegian Crime Novel of the Year), Norway, 1997

Edited October 06, 2017 by Salomonsson Agency