The Telemark Catalogue 2019

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Suspect from Telemark As a former Scout, Jan Lier Horst has fond memories of Scout hikes with campfires, knives and knots in the depths of Bamble’s forests. In the William Wisting story The Katharina Code, much of the action plays out in Telemark, some of it from a cabin in the dark forest around Bamble. In The Only One, there is a forest fire on the boundary between Siljan in Telemark and Larvik. ‘I often have a suspect from Telemark – usually someone who has moved away from Bamble,’ he explains. In the CLUE series, he writes about the Pearl Guest House, which is modelled on the real-life Langesund Bad hotel. Jørn has won many prizes for his books. His commercial breakthrough came in 2011 with the publication of Closed for Winter. This was awarded the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize and was the first of his books to sell over 10,000 copies. Today, it has sold more than 150,000. The Hunting Dogs was awarded both the Riverton Prize for the best Norwegian crime story and the Glass Key Award for the best crime novel by an author from a Nordic country. Jørn has been a guest speaker several times at the “Døden på Høyers” crime-writing festival, held at Høyers hotell in Skien. Everyone gets a reply Whenever Jørn Lier Horst has new thoughts and ideas for his books, he writes them down. He has always enjoyed writing and, when he was young, had a little book in which he collected words that he liked or found exciting. ‘A teacher of mine saw this and encouraged me to write more.’ 20