Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The Son: A Novel by My Favourite Author, Jo Nesbø

The Son
By Jo Nesbo

Hardcover, 416 pages
Also available in ebook and audio formats

It comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I love Nordic crime fiction. It is so dark, so complicated, so intelligent and so intense. Must be all that darkness and cold.

And Jo Nesbø is my absolute favourite author in this genre. Well, in any genre.

After being hooked on the Harry Hole series I was excited for his new stand alone novel - The Son.

A young man with nothing to lose loses himself in a dreamy heroin cocoon safe inside the Norwegian prison system. He is serene and knowing. People come to him to be heard. To be forgiven. And to be healed.

But one man's confession rips the dreamworld apart and starts Sonny on a road to discovery, revenge, despair and redemption.

This is an extremely satisfying novel that you will not be able to leave until you are at the end. And then you will be wishing there was another one on its heels.

As long as Jo Nesbø keeps writing, I will always be reading. He amazes me every time.

From the back flap:

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.

Jo Nesbø’s books have been translated into forty-seven languages. He is the author of the Harry Hole series, the latest of which is Police, as well as Headhunters and several children’s books. He has received the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. He is also a musician, songwriter, and economist and lives in Oslo.