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The Son Paperback – 2015
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*Starred Review* On the surface, Nesbø’s gripping new stand-alone might seem like another installment of the Harry Hole series but featuring a new cast of characters. A serial killer is at work in Oslo, and a maverick cop with his share of personal demons is on his trail. But beneath that surface, there is a complex psychological thriller churning its way into the reader’s nightmares. Sonny Lofthus is in prison for crimes he didn’t commit but for which he has agreed to take the fall—in exchange for an unending supply of heroin. The drugs are Sonny’s way of dealing with the knowledge that his father, an apparent suicide, was a dirty cop. As the novel begins, however, Sonny has new information about his father’s death and has engineered a daring escape from prison. His revenge-fueled plan is to kill those responsible for the crimes he was convicted of by re-creating the murders with the real killers now the victims. The more we learn about Sonny, the more we root for him to evade capture, either by the police or by the crime lord who wants him dead. Juggling point of view between Sonny, Simon Kefas (the cop chasing him), and the various corrupt officials who risk exposure the longer Sonny is free, Nesbø thwarts our every attempt to draw conclusions about both what happened in the past and who is the least guilty among the principals. There is an element of the classic film noir Breathless at work here but with more characters of varying shades of gray whose fates hinge on numerous moving parts. A terrific thriller but also a tragic, very moving story of intertwined characters swerving desperately to avoid the dead ends in their paths. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With 24 million copies of his books sold, Nesbø is now second only to Stieg Larsson among Scandinavian crime writers. His fame is sure to grow still more as Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are about to begin filming The Snowman. --Bill Ott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“[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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Crime novels are rarely so skillfully told and at the same time so much more than pure entertainment. But Nesbo is a master.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Fast-paced and rip-roaring suspenseful.”
“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.”
“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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is my third book by Jo Nesbo. One I liked a lot (The Redeemer) and the other I didn't like very much (The Bat). After now finishing The Son, a standalone, my opinion of this book is that it falls right in the middle of the other two. While I found The Son to be interesting, I never had a problem putting it aside for longer-than-usual periods of time before returning to it. The basic reason for this is that I felt Nesbo tried to provide to pack too much into the story. That is, he provided too many characters, had too much narrative, too much jumping back and forth between people and places, and too many subplots; which, for me, resulted in a story that moved along at too slow a pace and lacked sufficient action and plot twists to maintain a high level of interest throughout the first 75%-80% of the book. To give Nesbo credit, the intensity and its level of action picks up substantially in the last 20%-25% of the book -- but, for me, that was a bit of "too little, too late."
My guess is that if you have been a big fan of Nesbo's books (which I have not been), you'll want to read The Son and will probably like it more than I did. However, if your experiences with Nesbo's books have been like mine (i.e., sort of hit and miss), than I don't think The Son is going to convert you into becoming a big fan. To this latter group of readers, I think you'll likely feel about The Son as I did -- that it is readable but not highly recommendable.
Sonny Lofthus, now thirty, has been in prison for twelve years, since his father's death. Ab Lofthus, a police officer, apparently committed suicide, admitting to corruption in his suicide note. Sonny was a wrestling champ at school with a good future ahead, but after Ab's death, both he and his mother descended into despair. After his mother died of an overdose, Sonny became a heroin addict, and eventually agreed to take the fall for several murders and go to prison in return for being supplied heroin while locked up.
In prison, Sonny stays chiefly silent, and is known for having healing hands, almost holy hands that mend the broken soul. During a session where he lays his hands on a fellow inmate, at the start of the book, Sonny learns some startling news about his father--that, in fact, he was killed, and the corruption placed on him was bogus. This changes everything for Sonny, and in a convincing plan, he breaks out of prison with the help of the other, trusted convict.
Thus begins a cat-and-mouse game between Sonny and the police force, particularly Simon Kefas, a fine detective who once hit rock bottom with a gambling addiction, but pulled himself together with the love of a good woman (who is losing her eyesight and needs an expensive operation), and is now a solid member of the Homicide Squad, and a keen, Colombo-ish detective.
The thing that sets Sonny apart from other rabid drug addicts is that he is a well-mannered gentleman, like his father, and says "Please," "Thank-you," and other niceties in a soft-spoken voice. Although he is socially awkward, his kindness and integrity attract people who want to help him, including Martha, the manager of a group home for active drug addicts. Martha senses that he isn't using anymore, but something about Sonny penetrates her jaded veneer, and he is able to hide in plain sight, between the facility and his parent's now-empty house. Sonny has a plan, and people to see, and bad guys to confront. Along the way, Sonny grows up in unexpected ways.
The thrumming pace is largely due to the alternating chapters that go back and forth between Sonny and Simon, and a few other players in-between. Although the arc has a familiar formula, Nesbo maintains a fresh, complex plot by gradually revealing the back stories of Sonny, his father, and Simon. Simon's new partner, an ambitious and educated officer named Kari, is a sturdy addition to the story, and serves as Simon's sounding board and student.
I waited a few days before writing my review, as I had to think about the twist at the end. Was it organic, convincing, or was it a second-rate Shyamalan gimmick? I had to ponder whether it was trying to outsmart the audience, or whether the story affects the characters in authentic ways--how it changes them, what it teaches them, and what they gain or lose in the process. After thinking this through, I concluded that Nesbo did it right. He embraced the book's predominant theme of fathers and sons, and the strength of love to refute nihilism.
Nesbo demonstrated an arch wit and a tenderness for his characters, as well as a tie-in to the father/son theme, with the revelation of hiding in plain sight. Moreover, his blending in of the brilliant, beautiful Leonard Cohen song, "Suzanne," was powerfully moving. I am now a Nesbo fan, and look forward to dusting off his books on my shelf.
Years ago, three friends entered the police academy: Pontius becomes police commissioner, Simon battles his personal demons and ends up kind of a loser in Homicide, and Ab commits suicide before he can be exposed as corrupt. Ab's son Sonny, now an orphan, becomes a heroin addict, content to be a professional scapegoat for a (very sinister) crime kingpin, but when an inmate reveals that he knows the truth about Ab's death, Sonny undergoes a remarkable transformation and embarks on a riveting mission of revenge. And Simon, his father's old friend, is assigned to catch him.
Like many readers I became enchanted with Scandinavian thrillers after reading the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and now I've read novels by dozens of talented authors, but Jo Nesbo is my very favorite. The Harry Hole series is amazing, with thrilling plots and a magnificent (if flawed) detective, so I was quite curious to see how a non-Hole Nesbo novel would read, and it knocked my socks off. The story is immediately compelling and the characters are sublime. There are at least 30 of them, but the author manages to keep each one memorable and distinct, and to humanize each of them, establishing empathy even when the character is not sympathetic. The story moves primarily, but not exclusively, between Simon the detective and Sonny the oddly gentle killer. At the same time, Simon is mentoring a new homicide detective, and this gives Nesbo the chance to show off Simon's talent. I love these glimpses of the processes of a true detective, someone who's observant and makes brilliant inferences without being arrogant. The reader really comes to admire Simon, and at the same time feel great sympathy for Sonny. Both characters are intelligent and quite fascinating, and since this is a standalone, the author doesn't need to keep anyone alive, so the stakes are high and the uncertainty is intense.
If the book itself gets an "A", the last 50 pages "go to 11" as astonishing revelations and multiple twists prove what a talented writer and strategist Nesbo is. As soon as I finished this terrific thriller I wanted to go back and read it again.