One of Norway’s bestselling and most popular writers, Nesbø is also the author of a series of books for children featuring an eccentric professor named Doctor Proctor, and a series of thrillers featuring a criminal named Olav Johansen. He is also a (literal) rock star: lead vocalist and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. Several of his novels have been adapted for film or television, and he is the creator of a new television drama called Occupied.
“In the right hands,” writes Wendy Lesser in Slate, “the mystery novel becomes not only a thrilling cat-and-mouse game between a fiendishly clever murderer and a doggedly persistent detective, but also a commentary on the wider society that spawns, polices, and punishes murder. It is this wider view—the social view—at which the Scandinavians excel.” This dynamic is exemplified by The Snowman and has been a focus of the library’s discussion series on Scandinavian mysteries.