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The Son by Jo Nesbo

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Originally hailed as ‘the new Stieg Larsson’, Jo Nesbo now sets the international standard for brilliant, heart-pumping, Scandinavian noir. Most famous for his Harry Hole series, this is a standalone novel and is a perfect place to start if you haven’t read Nesbo before. Sonny has been in prison for 12 years having confessed to crimes he didn’t commit in exchange for a steady supply of drugs, a habit he’d formed after his cop father committed suicide and his mother ODs. Other prisoners confess their sins to him for a strange kind of absolution but when one prisoner tells him something that casts a new light on his father’s death Sonny breaks out of prison and goes on a bloody rampage looking for revenge and his own kind of absolution. Easily one of the best thrillers of the year.

If you like Jo Nesbo you might also like to read books by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson and Karin Fossum.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A standalone novel, The Son is the most ambitious the writer has tackled, cramming issues of guilt and redemption into its nearly 700 pages. The central character, the complex Sonny, is a model prisoner who serves as Confessor for other inmates at Oslo jail, absolving them of their sins. In fact, his own guilt is a matter of conjecture – is he serving time for someone else’s crime? A novel of total authority, with a highly original concept.
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The Son by Jo Nesbo

Sonny's on the run. Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins. He's been lied to his whole life. But then one prisoner's confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny's disgraced father. Sonny wants revenge. He needs to break out of prison and make those responsible pay for their crimes. Whatever the cost.

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'An expertly plotted, compelling and gripping white-knuckle ride... [Nesbo] deserves to be crowned the king of all crime thrillers' 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

'Gripping from start to finish' -- John Williams Mail on Sunday

'Fast-paced and imaginatively violent, this latest example of Nesbo's Nordic noir hurtles like an express train towards a last act of almost operatic extravagance that leaves dead bodies and carefully nurtured reputations littering the stage. Great stuff altogether' -- Myles McWeeney Belfast Telegraph

'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

About the Author

Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbø, musician, economist and author of the best-selling series featuring Detective Harry Hole, has won many prizes for his novels, including the Glass Key, the Riverton Prize and the Norwegian Bookclub prize for best ever Norwegian crime novel. His first novel to be published in English was The Devil's Star and the second, The Redbreast, was shortlisted for the CWA Duncan Lawrie International Dagger. He lives in Oslo.

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1st December 2014


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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


656 pages


Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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