The Son: Book summary and reviews of The Son by Jo Nesbo

The Son

By Jo Nesbo

The Son
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  • Published in USA  May 2014,
    416 pages.

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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?

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"Starred Review. Excellent... Nesbø takes the reader on a chilling ride with many unexpected twists." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. One of Nesbø's best, deepest and richest novels, even without Harry Hole." - Kirkus

"[An] exceptional, gritty, fast-paced stand-alone thriller; the smooth transitions among each character's perspectives lure readers in, and Barslund's translation is accessible to American readers." - Library Journal

"Nesbo's new book makes all the hype before publication seem like false modesty, and is quite simply a fantastic piece of crime literature… First and foremost, this is a clever, enthralling and driven story that is impossible to put down." - Dagens Næringsliv (Norway)

"It is still early in the year, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone should dub The Son as the crime novel of the year." - Ekstra Bladet (Denmark)

"The pace proves to be on top in the new book, in a positive sense. This remains Norwegian crime literature in a class by itself... Jo Nesbo prevails once again." - Dagsavisen (Norway)

"The Son is a modern take on the story about Christ, that tackles the corruption in Oslo… Jo Nesbo's writing is incredible as usual." - Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)

"Tremendously well written by Nesbo… There is something unstoppably vital about Jo Nesbo as a designer of crime stories in the baroque style. His pen is on fire and although it may be noted that it goes too fast sometimes linguistically, the stories he creates has so many staggering twists and turns that it is almost physically impossible not to get hooked." - Aftenposten (Norway)

"Crime novels are rarely so skillfully told and at the same time so much more than pure entertainment. But Nesbo is a master." - Berlingske (Denmark)

"No Norwegian crime writer can create such complex crime plots without losing in detail like Nesbo can. You might say that Nesbo is both high and low in his texts, and that is one of the main reasons why they rise above most other novels in this genre." - Dagbladet (Norway)

"It is a formidable, diabolically clever and devilishly good book that is well put together down to the smallest detail." - Nordjyske Stiftstidene (Denmark)

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Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Melinda
The Son
Jo Nesbo creates a riveting story of crime and corruption within the Oslo police department. No Harry Hole in The Son, fear not, the suspense, thrills and action are present and accounted for. A great standalone Nesbo fans will enjoy. Crime fiction at its best from the premier thrill king Nesbo.

The writing is average at best, however, the suspense compensates for the lack of strong writing. The Son will captivate your attention as you zoom through the excitement. Mayhem galore keeping the reader on their toes as you swiftly turn pages.

Undoubtedly this will be widely popular. Perfect for a film adaptation. Twists and turns, suspense - this book has all the ingredients for a successful crime fiction. Navigating through the plot is a no brainier but the suspense makes it worth while and darn good!

Another hit in the crime fiction genre from Jo Nesbo.

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Jo Nesbo Author Biography

With his internationally acclaimed crime novels featuring Detective Harry Hole, Jo Nesbø has achieved an unparalleled success both in his native country Norway and abroad, winning the hearts of critics, booksellers and readers alike. Translated into more than forty languages, awarded a range of awards and boasting record-breaking sales, Nesbø has been lavishly praised by international critics for broadening the scope of the contemporary crime novel, and is today regarded as one the best crime writers of our time.

Books to Date:

Harry Hole Series
1. The Redbreast (2006)
2. Nemesis (2008)
3. The Devil's Star (2005)
4. The Redeemer (2009)
5. The Snowman (2010)
6. The Leopard (2011)
7. Phantom (2012)
8. Police (2013)
9. The Son (2014)

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