Friday, August 29, 2014

Jo Nesbo claims first UK Number One with Police

Jo Nesbo has scored his first ever UK Top 50 number one with the paperback edition of Police (Vintage).

The Norwegian writer tops the chart after the mass market paperback edition originally debuted at number two last week but climbed to the top spot in its second week, selling 21,651 copies, up 36% in volume (week on week).

This is Nesbo’s 10th novel in the series of books featuring the police officer Harry Hole. Police has now sold over 40,000 copies in paperback in eight weeks, on top of nearly 39,000 copies in hardback and additional 12,076 in various trade editions. To date, the series has registered sales in excess of 2.3m copies through Nielsen BookScan with the seventh thriller, The Snowman, currently the bestselling installment across physical editions shifting just under 500,000 in the UK (496,475). To date, the series has been worth over £13.4m to UK booksellers.

With seven days of sales behind them, many recent new entrants to the chart jumped in sales week on week, with crime dominating the top three slots. Fall From Grace (Penguin) - Tim Weaver's fifth crime novel to feature journalist turned missing person's investigator David Raker - climbs nine places to take second spot with 13,803 copies sold, up 34% week on week. Peter May's latest thriller, Entry Island (Quercus) jumped from 17th place to third selling 12,980 copies. Meanwhile, Susan Lewis climbs 11 places into the Top 5 with her novel Never Say Goodbye (Arrow). Lewis also climbs with her latest hardback in the Original Fiction chart, Behind Closed Doors (Century) debuted at eighth place but climbs to number six on that chart this week selling 1,758 copies.

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