Jo Nesbø, Norway's Dark Knight
His new book: The Scandinavian sensation's first book, The Bat (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard), previously unreleased in the United States, is due out here this month—which means Inspector Harry Hole fans will finally discover how it all began.
On writing: "The murders are the least important elements—they're just the starting point for the novels, which are about what makes us tick, what makes our hearts beat faster."
On reading in summer: "When I was growing up in Oslo, summer was the worst time of year, because all my friends left the city. Reading was my escape from boredom and loneliness."
Most Looking Forward to Reading: "Pete Townshend's Who I Am and Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth."
Background check: "Certain books take me to places I've never been—Mark Twain made America come alive; in Lolita, Nabokov made it possible to travel in an old man's mind with a young girl."