Known for such popular Harry Hole series novels as The Devil's Star, The Redbreast, and The Snowman, this acclaimed Norwegian fiction writer won a 1998 Glass Key Award for the first novel in the series, The Bat (Flaggermusmannen).
After graduating from the Norwegian School of Economics, he found employment as both a stockbroker and a journalist.
His well known works include a children's book titled Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder and a short story collection called Karusellmusikk. A musician as well as a writer, he fronted an award-winning Norwegian rock music group called Di Derre.
A native of Molde, Norway, he later settled in Oslo, near his daughter and ex-wife.
His novel The Headhunters (Norwegian title: Hodejegerne) was adapted into an acclaimed thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.