Horst, a former Senior Investigating Officer from the Vestfold district, made his debut in 2004 with the crime novel Key Witness, which was based on a true story and the first of eleven William Wisting stories published so far. He is now Norway’s second best-selling author behind Jo Nesbø, and sold 400,000 books last year in Norway alone.
He told Dagbladet: “I’m making good progress, but I haven’t got a title. It is inspired by the Kristin Juel Johansen case – a cold case which recently got closure. The killer was caught in the end.”
12-year-old Kristin Juel Johansen was strangled and killed in Larvik on 5th August 1999. Jørn Lier Horst’s investigation led to the arrest of a man who was sentenced to twelve years but later acquitted. However, the case was reopened in 2015 and in 2016 the same man was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Horst also notes that Wisting is now a grandfather: “His daughter Line had a child in the last book, and she also has a role in the forthcoming book. The challenge is not to repeat myself – I try to expand on the characters.”
William Wisting and his crime reporter daughter Line are soon to make the transition to television with the series Wisting, featuring six feature length book adaptations, which is slated to begin filming in late 2017.