Eystein Hanssen

Eystein Hanssen debuted as an author in 2010 with the crime novel De ingen savner, to good reviews and a nomination for the Booksellers Prize. VG proclaimed him one of the three upcoming crime stars in Norway. "Good and grotesque," wrote Dagbladet.

The second novel in the series about the Norwegian police heroine Elli, Giftstrøm, came in August 2011, then Triangel (2012), Åtseldyr (2013), Brennemerket (2015), Jaget (2017), En kort evighet (2019) and Bikkjer (2023). 2018 also saw Black Landscape, which introduced two new characters: the journalist Nora Wold and the former Mercenary Roger Eik. Book two in this series, Kokong, was published in 2021. The critics have designated Eystein Hanssen as a crime writer to be reckoned with in the Norwegian book landscape. Several of the books have been published in Germany and Sweden.

Eystein Hanssen has a varied education and professional background. After high school and military service, he stepped into his professional shoes as a freelance journalist and photographer in the local newspaper Oppland Arbeiderblad in Gjøvik. The news bulletin brought him to NTB's photography department in Oslo, where he was alternately a freelance press photographer, head of duty at the photo desk and later photojournalist.

In 1989, he moved to New York, where he stayed for a year and a half and took various film courses. He then moved to Copenhagen as a freelance cinematographer but returned to NTB in 1991. As a journalist/photographer, he participated on behalf of NTB in an expedition to Antarctica in the 1991-92 season. In the spring of 1992, Eystein Hanssen started in TV 2 as a photographer and news editor, and later in the reportage magazine Dokument 2. In 1994, he took part in an expedition to Mount Everest. After TV 2, ten years followed with his own production company and documentary film productions, where he mainly produced, but in several cases, also directed and wrote scripts. Several of the productions are award-winning.

In 2017, Eystein Hanssen was one of the initiators of the Authors' Association. He is currently elected leader.

Eystein Hanssen is educated in film, information technology, media knowledge, and marketing and has a master's in administration and management. He lives in Oslo with his wife, two boys and a dog.

Eystein Hanssen – Bikkjer
Elli's first assignment for Kripos (The National Time Unit) brings her to the small town of Gjøvik and the Killing of a Somali youth. As the antagonist probes in on Elli, connections between old and new murders emerge against the backdrop of racism.
Eystein Hanssen – En kort evighet
A Short Eternity
(En kort evighet) A series of brutal heists terrorize Oslo. The robbers' military precision leaves the police in bafflement. Elli finds leads pointing back in time, to the civil wars of the former Yougosalvia.
Eystein Hanssen – Jaget
With the migration from Syria as a background, the thriller Jaget portrays how war, escape and xenophobia push people to their utmost limits.
Eystein Hanssen – Brennemerket
The deamons of her mother’s past draws Elli towards an unsolved murder in Bangkok. Soon Elli realise she is just as connected to the case as her mother.
Eystein Hanssen – Åtseldyr
The remains of a child is found in an old Oslo cellar. Elli’s investigation reveals a gruesome, hidden underworld in Oslo.
Eystein Hanssen – Triangel
On leave from the Oslo Police, Elli initiates her own, private investigation into the unsolved murder of her sister Anne.
Stream of Poison
Elli arrests a young Uganda criminel in a narco raid. Soon after, the Norwegian embassy in Kampala receives a package.
Eystein Hanssen – De ingen savner
The Unmissed
Meet Elisabeth Sunee Rathke, or simply Elli. Half Norwegian, half Thai, black belt in karate and a police investigator in Oslo.
Other titles
Eystein Hanssen – Kokong
Cocoon (Kokong) What if you never owned your own life. What if those you hold dearest turn out to be liars. And where do you hide when your opponent sees all, hears all and controls everything? An unexplainable death sends journalist Nora Wold and ex mercenary Roger Eik on a life threatening investigation into the […]