Jo Nesbo is a Norwegian novelist who is best known for his Harry Hole book series. Besides his crime fiction, he also writes the children’s book series Doctor Proctor. He has sold over a million and a half copies of his books in Norway alone.

Nesbo’s literary career began in 1997 with Flaggermusmannen (The Bat) in the Harry Hole series. Since then, he has written a total of nine books in the Harry Hole series, three Doctor Proctor children’s novels, plus four standalone novels (not all of which has been translated into English). Below is a list of Jo Nesbo’s published works in order of publication and in chronological order:

Publication Order of Harry Hole Books


The Bat(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cockroaches(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Redbreast(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nemesis(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Devil's Star(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Redeemer(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Snowman(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Leopard(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Phantom(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Police(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Doctor Proctor Books


Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bubble in the Bathtub(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Time-Travel Bath Bomb(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Who Cut the Cheese?(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Magical Fruit(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Great Gold Robbery(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Blood On Snow Books


Blood on Snow(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Midnight Sun(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Headhunters(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Son(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Cockroaches, which is not available in English at this time, is the second book in the Harry Hole series. We will add it as soon as it becomes available.

The original Norwegian titles for The Bat, The Cockroaches, The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Devil’s Star, The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard and Phantom are Flaggermusmannen, Kakerlakkene, Rødstrupe, Sorgenfri, Marekors, Frelseren, Snømannen, Panserhjerte and Gjenferd. The majority of them have been translated into English by Don Bartlett.

The original Norwegian titles for the Doctor Proctor (or Doktor Proktor) novels are Doktor Proktors Prompepulver, Doktor Proktors Prompepulver and Doktor Proktor og verdens undergang. Kanskje.

The original Norwegian titles for his standalone novels The White Hotel and The Headhunters are Det hvite hotellet and Hodejegerne.

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  • David

    Cockroaches is now available in English

    • Laura

      Almost all of the Hole books are available in English, they have loads of them at my library

  • Coriolanus41

    I’m addicted to Jo Nesbo’s books. I’m currently reading my way through the Harry Hole series – one of the great creations in detective fiction.

  • Ross Brown

    I have read all that Jo Nesbo had written to this point, and found authors with similar writing styles. Lars Kepler, Jussi Adler Olsen, Greg Isles have all been excellent…. For the most part. With the exception of a few Greg Iles books which I’m getting to, I read all that these gentleman have written. I’ve been trying to find new authors that I might like to read. Arnaldur Inridsason and Sebastian Fitzek. Anyone with any suggestions?