Harry Hole’s Oslo – the city of Jo Nesbø’s famous detective

Harry Hole's Oslo


The detective "Harry Hole" is the main character in a series of crime novels written by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø. The first book about Harry Hole was The Bat from 1997. Since then, ten more novels have been published about the popular detective. 

Egertorget, where a Salvation Army officer is shot in the novel The Redeemer
Egertorget, where a Salvation Army officer is shot in the novel The Redeemer
Photo: VisitOSLO/Tord Baklund


Harry Hole lives and works in Oslo, and places and neighbourhoods in the city play an important role in may of the stories. In walking distance from Harry Hole's apartment in Sofies gate, you can visit his regular hangout Restaurant Schrøder and the Underwater Pub. Through the eleven books he visits a number of other restaurants and pubs in Oslo, like when Rakel flirts with him at Dinner Restaurant in The Redbreast or he has a beer at Teddy's in The Snowman

His office is at the police station in Grønland, but the investigations takes him all over the city, often to well-known places. In The Redeemer a Salvation Army officer is shot at Egertorget square in Karl Johans gate, Oslo's main street, and the final scenes of The Snowman take place in Holmenkollen.

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The books

Eleven novels have been published in the Harry Hole series:

The Bat (1997)
Cockroaches (1998)
The Redbreast (2000) 
Nemesis (2002)
The Devil's Star (2003)
The Redeemer (2005)
The Snowman (2007)
The Leopard (2009)
Phantom (2011)
Police (2013)
The Thirst (2017) 

Jo Nesbø's official website: jonesbo.com

Harry Hole to the movies

This autumn sees the release of the first movie about Harry Hole, The Snowman, starring Michael Fassbender as the poular detective. 

The film is based on Jo Nesbø's novel The Snowman, the seventh entry in the series about Harry Hole. 

The Snowman by Working Title & Universal

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