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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 (1,010 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,776 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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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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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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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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A great and rather eerie start - in prison a junkie, who is barely on this planet, who has healing hands and gives blessings and a priest who is quite the opposite. And the junkie's father was an Oslo police officer who committed suicide because he was corrupt. I was hooked and the scene is set one of the best books I've read recently. There is fluency in the writing as always - the quality of it stands out for me over many other current crime thriller writers. You realise that a really good writer can convey more in a sentence than other writers in a paragraph and make that a great read - real talent. Certainly the power of creating a scene with simple words plays out quite often and with very varied emotions generated. At times humourous (bleakly so sometime), at times very violent, we enter the world of corruption and organised crime.

So in addition to the junkie, we have a policeman who knew the junkie's father and the policeman has some issues of his own which is not surprising given Harry Hole's character. I really liked the character of Simon Kefas (the policeman) as well as his sidekick. However I find that I am no fan of reviews that give too much away so I'll leave you to discover the storylines that evolve from this setting for yourself. Unsurprisingly there is definitely a "dark avenger" theme here and the twists when they come are interesting even if some of them were maybe not unexpected. So often you read a very good book but the ending lets it down - not so here, the final scenes were very good indeed and the final twist I did not expect. I certainly didn't expect to say that I think this is better than the majority of the Harry Hole stories either. I enjoyed the "philosophy of man and his condition" at the end too.
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