Jo Nesbø (pronounced <ˈju ˈnɛsbø>; born 29 March 1960) is an Edgar Award nominated Norwegian author and musician. As of September 2008 more than 1.5 million copies of his novels have been sold in Norway, and his work has been translated into over 40 languages. Nesbø is primarily known for his crime novels about Inspector Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocalist and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. In 2007 Nesbø also released his first children's book, Doktor Proktors prumpepulver (English translation: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder). The 2011 film Headhunters is based on Nesbø's novel Hodejegerne (The Headhunters).
Nesbø was born in 1960 and grew up in Molde. He graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in Economics and Business Administration.
Nesbø worked as a freelance journalist and a stockbroker before he began his writing career. He is represented by Salomonsson Agency.
He was a talented footballer, and played top-flight football for Molde FK until he tore the cruciate ligaments in his knee and had to concentrate on other aspects of his life.
He lives in Oslo.