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The Son (Hardcover)

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By Jo Nesbo, Charlotte Barslund (Translator)
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In The Son by Jo Nesbø, Sonny Loftus has been in jail for the last 12 years serving time for other peoples crimes. He has made the deal to sit in prison in exchange for all the heroin he needs to support his habit. He is well liked in prison and is known for his uncanny ability to calm and soothe the other prisoners. His problems started when his father committed suicide instead of being exposed as a dirty cop. When a fellow prisoner shares some hidden truths about his father's death, Sonny escapes and goes looking for justice.

I'm not sure how Nesbø does it but he has created an unlikely hero in this heroin addict looking for justice for his father. You can't help but root for Sonny and hope that he makes it through. This is  fast paced and those of you who enjoy the Harry Hole books should love this as well.

— Adele


The author of the best-selling Harry Hole series now gives us an electrifying stand-alone novel set inside Oslo's maze of especially venal, high-level corruption.
Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny's been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he's serving time for other peoples crimes.
Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption: prison staff, police, lawyers, a desperate priest all of them focused on keeping him high and in jail. And all of them under the thumb of the Twin, Oslo's crime overlord. As long as Sonny gets his dope, he's happy to play the criminal and the prison's in-house savior.
But when he learns a stunning, long-hidden secret concerning his father, he makes a brilliantly executed escape from prison and from the person he d let himself become and begins hunting down those responsible for the crimes against him . . . The darkly looming question is: Who will get to him first the criminals or the cops?

About the Author

JO NESBO is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as a writer. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard, and Phantom, and he is also the author of several stand-alone novels and the Doctor Proctor series of children s books. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385351379
ISBN-10: 0385351372
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
Pages: 401
Language: English