Jo Nesbo’s long-awaited first visit to Belfast is the result of one man’s dogged pursuit of the Scandinavian Crime Writing giant.
David Torrans of No Alibis Bookstore has been hunting his illustrious Norwegian prey for five long years and has finally got his man.
Now Nesbo, creator of the multi-million selling series of novels starring Oslo detective, Harry Hole, will be questioned about ‘Police’, the tenth book featuring his tough, hard drinking hero, on stage at the Ulster Hall on September 15.
Mr Torrans said: “Jo Nesbo is an author I have been persistently inquiring about over the years. When you are asking about authors there is always this pantheon of writers that are so far up there you wonder if it’s even worth asking. Jo Nesbo would fall into that category along with James Ellroy and Michael Connelly.”
The crime fiction aficionado is delighted that Nesbo is finally coming to Belfast to be interviewed on the famous stage by prominent local Arts journalist and presenter, Marie-Louise Muir.
He said: “I am a very strong believer that there are only two answers, yes or no and you shouldn’t be afraid of asking. I asked again this year at an event we were hosting for another author. One of the publisher’s agents mentioned there was a possibility Jo Nesbo would be in Ireland to publicise the new book. Thankfully they got in touch to say he would visit Belfast.”
Nesbo, a talented musician, former professional sportsman, freelance journalist, stockbroker and ardent mountain climber, is one of the hottest properties in the world of crime-writing. Two of his books, ‘Headhunters’ and ‘Jackpot’, have been made into darkly funny crime capers while Hollywood studios are interested in adapting his Harry Hole novel, ‘The Snowman’.
‘Police’, which is published on September 12, concerns a series of killings of police officers related to a series of previously unsolved murders.
When a police officer is found murdered at the scene of an old unsolved murder case that he was involved in investigating, it can hardly be a coincidence. When the same thing happens to two other officers in a matter of months the pattern is as clear as it is terrifying. None of the old cases were ever solved. The killings are extremely brutal and the police have no leads. What’s more, they’re missing their best investigator, Harry Hole.
Mr Torrans said hundreds of Jo Nesbo fans have already booked their tickets for this must-see event.
“It’s been a lot of hard work building up our events and it would be impossible without the help of places like the Ulster Museum. When Jo Nesbo was confirmed I knew this was a huge event, an opportunity for the city to prove we have the audience and we want to support top authors who come here.
“The Ulster Hall is an iconic building. The main auditorium has seen readings from the likes of Charles Dickens and more recently, David Simon, creator and head writer of the Wire. This is the first time we have used it for an event.
“Many writers of both fiction and non-fiction have come to the Ulster Hall over the years. I mentioned the venue to Jo Nesbo’s representatives and they Googled it and there was a sharp intake of breath when they saw how beautiful it was. I think they were very excited.”
‘Police’ is published in the UK by Harvill Secker/Random House. Tickets to the Jo Nesbo event at 6pm on Sunday, September 15 are £7 each. Copies of Police will be on sale and all ticket holders will get £7 off the price of the book.
To book your tickets contact No Alibis on 02890 319601 or contact the Ulster Hall Box Office on 02890 334455.