The Son (Hardcover)
Dagny's Staff Pick (August 2014): This book is a departure from Nesbo’s Harry Hole series. Instead, we are thrown into a world where a heroin addict is given the drugs he craves as long as he stays in jail and admits to murders he hasn’t committed. When he finds out that what he believed to be his father’s suicide was actually murder, he starts on a journey to find the truth about the events that took place. As with any Nesbo book, we are taken into the darker side of man paired with the redemption that is possible within each of us.— From Dagny's Staff Picks
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."