Jo Nesbo on his new Harry Hole thriller Police

Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbo only started writing in his late 30s, following successful careers as a footballer, rock star and then stockbroker, but since his publishing debut in 1997, his books have sold upwards of 14 million copies.

Entering Nesboland is not for the fainthearted: the body count rises almost as fast as the author's sales figures and murders are more gruesome, original and downright terrifying than most of us can imagine in even our worst nightmares. With the publication in English of his latest Harry Hole thriller, Police, Jo Nesbo explains his relationship with his ruggedly handsome, cynical, alcoholic detective, how his plotlines still scare him and why Ibsen has become a source of inspiration.

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Producer Andrea Kidd.

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Role Contributor
PresenterMariella Frostrup
Interviewed GuestJo Nesbo
Interviewed GuestNeil Rennie
Interviewed GuestClaire Jowitt
Interviewed GuestFR Tallis
ProducerAndrea Kidd

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