Gert Nygårdshaug (1946–) has had a fascinating and original literary career. His wide-ranging knowledge and fertile imagination have found expression in six collections of poetry, two short story collections, several adventure stories and a number of novels, including Mengele Zoo (Mengele Zoo), 1989 and Prost Gotvins geometri (Priest Gotvin's Geometry), 1998. When this novel was released in Denmark in 1999, a united press placed Nygårdshaug in the same league as literary giants like Umberto Eco and Peter Høeg and the Norwegians Jan Kjærstad and Erik Fosnes Hansen. His novel Mengele Zoo was recently voted Norway's best ever book by Norwegian readers.
Nygårdshaug as a crime authorGert Nygårdshaug is considered one of Norway's finest crime authors. His distinctive language, and interest in archeology, cultural history, science, and, not least, food and drink, have given him a dedicated group of fans throughout his 20 years as a crime author.About the Fredric Drum series, the press wrote: «Nobody writes thrillers like Gert Nygårdshaug. ... He fills his books with knowledge, something actual, something fantastic - and finally builds an exciting intrigue around his knowledge. ... This is invaluable reading. And those who think that thrillers have become stereotypical and somewhat boring are guaranteed a fresh and colourful experience here. Quite simply, a celebration.» Dagbladet about Alle orkaners mor (The Mother of All Hurricanes)«Nygårdshaug gloriously distinguishes himself from the rest of the autumn's literary blood donors: but above all, because he doesn't write bad prose, and also because he saunters confidently through the literary areas that most thriller writers don't have access to.» VG about Liljer fra Jerusalem (Lilies From Jerusalem)«unparalleled in today's crime fiction.» Aftenposten about Den balsamerte ulven (The Embalmed Wolf)«Through the talented, knowledgeable and eloquent Nygårdshaug, Norwegian detective literature is about to gain in stature.» Tønsberg Blad about Det niende prinsipp (The Ninth Principal)«It is actually a pleasure to read Gert Nygårdshaugs latest thriller.» VG about Kiste nummer fem (Coffin Number Five)TranslationsThe Fredric Drum Series is sold to Denmark and Germany.