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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846557399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846557392
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (703 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An expertly plotted, compelling and gripping white-knuckle ride… Nesbo deserves to be crowned the king of all crime thriller writers" (Sunday Express)

"A cat-and-mouse chase between a young prisoner and a troubled detective, this is a tense, violent and hugely absorbing walk on the murky side of Oslo" (Sunday Mirror)

"Nesbo never fails to deliver a cracking narrative – and this is one of his best" (Mail on Sunday)

"An excellent novelist... Nesbo paints an intricate, disturbing picture of rampant corruption within prison and the police service... The strong action is tempered by tenderness" (Marcel Berlins The Times)

"Gripping from start to finish" (John Williams Mail on Sunday)

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The brand new thriller from no 1 bestselling crime author, Jo Nesbo, which sees a charismatic young prisoner breaking out of jail to find out the truth about his father's death and seek revenge on those who lied to him

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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By stuart on 10 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
Cracker-jack fast paced thriller from the master of Norwegian crime.
Sonny Lofthus, son of a disgraced policeman who committed suicide, has happily sat in prison for others crimes in return for the endless supply of heroin that dampens the pain of his existence. Until he learns that the truth surrounding his father's death may all have been a lie. Breaking out Sonny is soon creating a trail of havoc and terrible destruction in his quest for answers and revenge.
Simon Kefas, the long serving police officer and old friend of his father, hot on his trail seems to be the only one with a chance of stopping Sonny and bringing him in alive but with Nesbo things are never that simple. It's only April and this could already be my book of the year. A great read.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Macey89 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
When Sonny was a teenager, his father took his own life. His suicide note revealed that he was a mole in the Oslo police force, passing information to the mysterious and shadowy figure of the Twin, a dangerous criminal with a network of resources at his disposal. This shattering revelation set his family on a path of destruction and ruin.

Now a heroin addict, Sonny has been in prison for 12 years. Since his incarceration, he's gained an almost mythical status amongst his fellow inmates as a receiver of confessions and a cleanser of souls. But when one of these confessions strikes particularly close to home, it throws everything that Sonny has ever believed about his father's death into question.

Homicide Inspector Simon Kefas was once Sonny's father best friend. On the surface, his current cases are random acts of violence, driven by petty theft or drugs. But as Simon investigates, he begins to suspect that the perpetrator is driven by a much more powerful motive. And he isn't finished. When the crimes of the present become caught up with the ghosts of the past, Simon may be the only one that can help Sonny to uncover the truth he needs.

`The Son' is filled with a whole cast of unsavoury and untrustworthy characters and layer upon layer of deceit. But somehow, Jo Nesbo manages to turn our perceptions of good and bad completely on their head, as the lines between justice and law and right and wrong become increasingly blurred.

This theme of vengeance, retribution and justice is constantly present throughout the book. People can never truly seem to escape the sins of their past, and we're start to question whether they should. And if they deserve to be punished, what should we think of the person doing the punishing?
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Jo Nesbo, author of the incredibly successful Harry Hole series, has written a fast paced and exciting stand alone thriller in “The Son.” Sonny Lofthus is a model prisoner at an Oslo jail. In prison for twelve years since the age of eighteen (for crimes he did not commit, but confesses to in return for a constant supply of drugs) , he is a mysterious and charismatic figure. Seen as a healer and a confessor, the other prisoners go to him for absolution of their sins. As a child, Sonny idolised his father, Ab Lofthus, a police officer who he believed committed suicide after admitting to charges of corruption. However, one of the prisoners then makes a confession that changes Sonny’s future forever, when he admits that his father was murdered. Now Sonny, a man who has never lived on the outside since he was a child, an addict and a scapegoat, is out for vengeance.

This is not a short read and it is also a book that you need to concentrate on, with plot twists and turns and a whole host of characters. The main storyline concerns Sonny and his desire for justice and the man who was his father’s best friend – Simon Kefas. Kefas was a dedicated police officer, whose career ground to a halt after his investigation into fraud and corruption saw him disgraced as a gambler. Now a changed man, his only wish is to save the eyesight of his beloved wife, and somehow make amends to her. Along with his new young partner, he is called to investigate the death of the prison chaplain, which then leads him headlong into the search for his friend’s son.

If you want a real roller coaster of a ride, this thriller will give it to you. It is extremely violent, but then that is to be expected from Mr Nesbo. This is really gritty noir.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 May 2014
Format: Hardcover
Say what you will, Jo Nesbo's new book, 'The Son' has everything that a good mystery/procedural novel needs. Even though much of what occurs seems a little 'out there', and the violence may be too much to bear, the storyline, itself is enough for me. This is a long book, but kept my interest so that the last page seemed to beg for more.

Nesbo is well known for his series featuring Harry Hole, however, Harry is on vacation, and this is a story that may develop its own heroine. The latest is 'The Son' which tells the story of Sonny, a 30-year-old heroin addict who has been in prison in a new state-of-the-art facility in Oslo, for over 12 years. What we find is that Sonny has developed into a Buddha like character, soft spoken, when he does speak. Sitting in his cell most of the day bestowing whatever those who come to see him, need. He is the son of a police officer who committed suicide for breaking the law. Sonny and his mother idolized his father, and when his mother dies, Sonny drifts to heroin and is convinced to confess to murder in exchange for all the heroin he needs. One day Sonny learns all is not as he was told, and he breaks out of jail and starts exacting his own justice.

At about the same time, we meet Inspector Simon Kefas, one of the most intelligent and wise of the police. Known for his ethics in his work, he is admired and feared. Simon once was a gambling addict, but the love of his good wife set him on the path to the good life. Now, his wife is ill, and Simon must figure out how to best help her. On this day, when Simon is investigating a new death, a young policewoman, Kari Adel, is introduced. He is to be her mentor. Together, they form a team that seems unbeatable, but all is not as it seems. Finding and stopping Sonny's murderous rampage is their job.
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