Jo Nesbø's latest book, Blood on Snow, has secured second place on the British best-seller lists, and ranks as number nine in the U.S. Nesbø's popularity abroad, and especially in the U.K., has not declined, as proven by his latest book release Blood on Snow (Blod på Snø). The book, which is a crime novel, was released in the U.K. last week, and according to the sales charts that were published by the Sunday Times yesterday, Blood on Snow is already number two.
The same novel also secured Nesbø ninth place on the sales chart published by the New York Times in the U.S.
"I guess you can say that I am well-established in the U.K., and that I have a large audience. In the U.S. and Canada, however, I am still more a special-interest choice, despite the recent rankings," Nesbø tells Aftenposten.
Nesbø has had great success in the U.K. The first novel he released was the Snowman (Snømannen), which has now sold more than one million copies in the U.K. Last year his novel Police climbed to the top of the British bestseller lists, and has sold more than 40.000 copies since it was released in paperback last year. In 2011, Nesbø became the second foreign author to top the sale of hardcover novels in the U.K. with his book The Leopard (Leoparden).
Nesbø recently participated in a book tour around the British Isles, including Manchester, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin and York. However, there are still no plans for a book tour in the U.S.
"I don't think the U.S. yet sees me as a mainstream-writer who has sold too many books. For the time being I will make sure to enjoy my cultural status as the slightly mysterious Norwegian until I end up on some "cheesy" talkshow where I manage to increase my circulation in poor English, but ruin my image," Nesbø explains to Aftenposten.
Whatever happens in the U.S., more success abroad is still to come. Blood on Snow has so far been sold to 23 countries, and Warner Brothers have already secured the film rights.