The Son

Hardcover | May 13, 2014

byJo Nesbo

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A brand new thriller from #1 internationally bestselling crime author Jo Nesbo, which sees a charismatic young prisoner escaping jail to find out the truth about his father's death.
     Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates at Oslo jail, and absolves them of their sins. Some people even whisper that Sonny is serving time for someone else: that he doesn't just listen, he confesses to their crimes. Inspector Simon Kefas is a dedicated police officer. Simon has worked for the Oslo police force for years. He's just been assigned a new murder investigation and a new partner, all on the same day. Both of them knew Sonny's father. To Sonny he was the man he idolised, to Kirk he was his best friend. Both were devastated when his corruption was revealed. But neither of them knew the truth.

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A brand new thriller from #1 internationally bestselling crime author Jo Nesbo, which sees a charismatic young prisoner escaping jail to find out the truth about his father's death.      Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates at Oslo jail, and absolves them of their sins. Some people even whisper that...

JO NESBO is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. His first crime novel featuring Harry Hole was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (an accolade shared with Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson). The author lives in Oslo, Norway.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.52 × 6.49 × 1.35 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:Random House Of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345814371

ISBN - 13:9780345814371

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read First book I have read from Nesbo. Although I am not a regular mystery consumer, I enjoyed his writing style and the twists of the plot. Recommend the book for all the right reasons!
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Son I thoroughly enjiyed this novel. I love the writing style and am always intrigued by stories from Scandinavian countries Jo never disappoints..
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Son by Jo Nesbro Loved the ending, had me guessing, didn't end the way I thought it would. Good read, was hard to put down
Date published: 2015-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The son A fantastic read. Would highly recommend it,has you not wanting to put it down....it has a lot of twists and turns
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspense right to the end! An intriguing story. A great read, for sure. I recommend this book. Never had read Jo Nesbo before. I'll have to try others.
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go Jo! First off, let me admit I love Jo Nesbo and the man can do no wrong, so....naturally I loved this book. It's quite different from his usual Harry Hole work (well, not as different as the kids' books) and stands up as a stand-alone. The Son is a fascinating character revealed slowly in this almost allegory of good and evil. A gripping read.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Son A page turner. Full of surprising turns!
Date published: 2014-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The son Gotta love jo nesbo. I forget that his books are translations.
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Novel! I recently finished reading The Son by Jo Nesbo. I was sorry I had reached the end of the book as it was such an excellently paced and engrossing novel. This was one of the best reads in this genre that I have ever come across. I will definitely add Mr. Nesbo to my "favourite author" list and plan to read all of his books.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Characters in Brilliant Standalone I've (almost) read every Jo Nesbo book that has been translated into English {1 adult and 1 kid's book to go} and at this point I expect an intense thriller with a flawed, troubled main character. The Son met my expectations and did not disappoint on any level. This is Nesbo's second stand-alone book, not part of the Harry Hole series, and it was refreshing to step back from that character and enter into a whole new plot. Nesbo still manages, in just one book to portray a multi-faceted detective with personal demons that both hinder and drive his professional life. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning just turning the pages. This is something I've come to expect with Nesbo's thrillers and I'm pleased to say he did it again. The book is populated with characters that I couldn't ever really like but Nesbo still had me feeling sympathetic towards them. If you've never read this author before "The Son" would be a great one to start with as it will give you a feel for what you can expect from his other books.
Date published: 2014-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another excellent read from Nesbo I've read every book Jo Nesbo has written - I'm a big fan of his writing and his recurring character Harry Hole. When I heard he had a new book coming out I was just itching to get my hands on it. It's not a 'Harry' book, but is a stand alone title. And you'll want to get your hands on a copy of The Son. Sonny is a junkie. He's made his home at the Oslo prison for many years. And he's fed a constant supply of heroin by his jailers. You see, Sonny keeps taking the rap for crimes he hasn't really committed. The reward for Sonny is that constant supply of drugs. The reward for those hanging crimes on Sonny is priceless - they've got a scapegoat for sale. Sonny's life went off the rails as a young man when his father committed suicide and was exposed as a dirty cop. Sonny has a calm, preternatural air about him and he doesn't say too much. Cons have used him as a confessor for years. But one day, an old man's confession reveals that what Sonny thought about his father could all be lies. It's enough to wake Sonny up and he plans a daring escape. The other person who might know the truth is Inspector Simon Kefas, his father's best friend. And Kefas is the one hunting him down. Jo Nesbo's plotting is simply phenomenal. It's intricate, multi-layered and just when I thought I had things all figured out, he blindsides the reader in the last few chapters. I love being unable to predict the outcome, the plot, the direction the story will take or what the characters will do. Nesbo achieves this every time. It's what makes his books so good. Well, that and the characters. Sonny was an interesting protagonist - good and bad inextricably bound together in an almost Christ-like countenance. Despite his actions, I wanted him to prevail. Kefas was also an intriguing character study. He's made mistakes in his younger years and has made atoning for those lapses his goal in life. Again, a study in light and dark. As are most of the supporting characters as well - from the junkie under the bridge to the young boy spying on his neighbourhood, other residents of the treatment centre and more. Each is given a voice, allowing the reader to see the story form multiple viewpoints. Nesbo's descriptions of place conjure up vivid pictures of the settings. As with most of Nesbo's books, social commentary on the state of politics, corruptions, crime and the social welfare of Norway is woven into the plot. The Son is addicting, adrenalin fueled read that you won't be able to put down. For those who haven't read Jo Nesbo yet,(!) this would be a fabulous introduction to this talented author. Absolutely, positively recommended. (And Charlotte Barslund's translation was just excellent)
Date published: 2014-05-13

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Editorial Reviews

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER “[Nesbo] brings a strong male punk rock swagger to his writing—The Son, his new stand-alone thriller, pulses with aggressive energy and splattering ultra-violence…. The twists and turns are bold and surprising. Nesbo delivers a revved-up, entertaining red harvest, another guaranteed hit from a forceful thriller machine.” —Los Angeles Times “A deftly plotted novel that probes the deepest mysteries: sin, redemption, love, evil, the human condition…. One of Nesbo’s best, deepest and richest novels, even without Harry Hole.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “The pace of the novel is fast, the characters (especially Inspector Kefas) complex and well drawn, and the plot smart and tricky…. Exposition is sparing and effective and never bogs down the action.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Nesbo is great at rapidly sketching the kind of juicy characters, peripheral or not, that propel an already fast-moving story forward at a pleasing pace…. Nesbo’s writing style is visually arresting as always….  In a novel that’s both deadly serious and seriously sentimental, Nesbo ably rides the slimmest of lines between humanity’s uglier mug and unusual manners of redemption.” —The Boston Globe “Rock star turned writer, Nesbo is one of the most promising Nordic crime novelist in a crowded list, acclaimed for his series following detective Harry Hole. The Son, however, is a stand-alone work…. It’s revenge porn at its grisliest.” —New York Post  “This mystery is pure Nesbo—complex with a dim view of human nature and the morality of human beings…. It’s great Nesbo.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch“A terrific, blood-soaked, multi-stranded revenge thriller…. This exhilarating tale of retribution grips from the opening lines…. Nesbo shows his total mastery of the thriller genre, confidently weaving his unrelenting, roller-coaster storyline with heart-stopping action amid scenes of genuine pathos and passion. Time and again, Nesbo leaves his readers reeling…. There is not one false step in Nesbo’s novel. His complex, fully realised characters all resonate, vividly coming to life (and often dying) on the page thanks to telling, often haunting descriptions, crisp, credible dialogue, and bold, inspired pacing. He is unafraid to introduce moments of sudden stillness and real emotional power.” —South China Morning Post “Complex and sophisticated…. Moving.” —London Evening Standard “It’s easy to see why Nesbo’s work has been such a global success with his clear gift for hairpin twists and turns.... So tightly plotted that it will keep readers steadfastly glued to their seat.... The deftly written book is kept briskly paged by Nesbo’s punchy writing style and spot-on ear for dialogue.... The novel is for fans of smart, sophisticated and multilayered crime.... Nesbo doesn’t disappoint.” —Daily Life (Australia)“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)“Yet another powerful demonstration of Nesbo’s talent for creating a story that plays on all nerve strands and with so much intensity that it embodies both the Bible and Batman at once. It is really well done. 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. A plot that stretches and spreads out like great mathematical formulas, with many unfamiliar characters in the equation, but without being arcane or excessive in his fantastic interpretations…. 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)“When the core is set and the story takes its pace, it is propelled with great force and an unerring sense of detail, dialogue and for where intervals and scene changes should be located. It is simply thrilling to read.” —NRK (Norway)“Fast-paced and rip-roaring suspenseful.” —Politiken (Denmark) “No one at our latitudes knows the game like Nesbo does. No one is even close to his craftsmanship in writing crime novels that hold such international standard.” —Adresseavisen (Norway)“A high level of suspense all the way and limitless brutality. The bad guys get what they deserve and Nesbo’s writing is almost more cynical and concrete than usual. There are also a few love stories along the way that—almost—end happily.” —Lolland-Falsters Folketidende (Denmark)