The Son - Jo Nesbø

The Son

By Jo Nesbø

  • Release Date: 2014-05-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 421 Ratings)


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?


  • Couldn't put it down

    By TBAnderson III
    Such a great read. Characters were troubled, complex, and real. Gripping once the storyline is laid out. Must read!!!
  • Truly one of the best books I've ever read

    By Scrabble tile
    Fascinating characters and a great story line. I enjoyed it thoroughly and rank it among my favorites of all time.
  • The son

    By Fblyth
    A definite MUST have read!!!!!
  • Interesting but obvious twist

    By Matt1859
    Good read but obvious twist.
  • Fantastic read!

    By Justchoice
    My new favorite Jo Nesbo book. Fast paced mystery with great characters and unique plotting.
  • Very enjoyable!

    By Cut wood
    Well written with interesting characters and an interesting story. Highly recommended.
  • Boy

    By Lynorra
    This is one of the best stories that I have had the good fortune to read. The caricatures were memorable and well defined while the plot marched me along a road that I was more than eager to follow. My advise is make sure that you have plenty of time to read this one. I promise that you won't put it down. Awesome read this.
  • Awful

    By rickspix
    I love Jo Nesbo and have read all of his books. This one sucked. I read about 70 pages and still had no idea what it was about. It went all over the place with no thread to keep me interested. Just awful.
  • The Son

    By Hypostatized
    A wonderfully entertaining morality story with Characters who seem bigger than life. They stay in your imagination and live on even after the book is finished. Strongly recommended.
  • The Son

    By blonde reader
    Good read. This book held my interest, and had many interesting twists and surprises.