I am a big fan of Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series of novels and I would like to read his latest fast paced and exciting stand alone thriller “The Son.” It features a character named Sonny Lofthus who is a model prisoner at an Oslo jail. Who has been in prison for twelve years since the age of eighteen (for crimes he did not commit, but confessed to in return for a constant supply of drugs).
Sonny is a mysterious and charismatic figure who is seen asa healer and a confessor who other prisoners go to in order to confess their sins and be absolved. Sonny’s father Ab Lofthus was seen as-a corrupt Police officer whom Sonny idolised as a child who he believes committed suicide after admitting to charges of corruption. However, one of the prisoners then makes a confession that changes Sonny’s future forever, and he learns something new about his father and finds out that he may have been murdered. So Sonny escapes and Now Sonny, a man who has never lived on the outside since he was a child, an addict and a scapegoat, is out for vengeance.
Simon. Kefas a dedicated police officer close to retirement, whose career ground to a halt after his investigation into fraud and corruption saw him disgraced as a gambler. Now a changed man, his only wish is to save the eyesight of his beloved wife, and somehow make amends to her. he is called to investigate the death of the prison chaplain, which then leads him headlong into the search for his friend’s son. Sonny, who is out for revenge and Simon has to catch him. Working with Simon is a new young partner Kari Adel who has just transferred from the drug squad who is young, ambitious and studying for a law degree.