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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 had 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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Disturbing…with its creepy, sinister, purgatorial cops and crooks in an extravagant universe, you keep waiting to see light poking through.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The standard bearer for the phenomenon that is Scandinavian crime fiction…Fast paced and imaginatively violent, this latest example of Nesbo’s Nordic noir hurtles like an express train towards a last act of almost operatic extravagance that leaves dead bodies and carefully nurtured reputations littering the stage. Great stuff altogether.”

    Independent (Ireland)

  • “[Nesbø is] one of the current leading lights in Scandinavian crime fiction…with his clear gift for hairpin twists and turns…The thriller is so tightly plotted that it will keep readers steadfastly glued to their seat…What Nesbø has crafted is not a whodunit in the traditional sense, as the writer is interested in the far more fascinating question of what can drive a person to evil.”

    Daily Style (Australia)

  • “Nesbø’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)

  • “This excellent standalone from Nesbø, best known for his Harry Hole series, centers on Sonny Lofthus (aka the Son), who’s serving a sentence at Oslo’s Staten Maximum Security Prison for two murders to which he confessed but which he did not commit…A chilling ride.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A terrific thriller but also a tragic, very moving story of intertwined characters swerving desperately to avoid the dead ends in their paths.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A deftly plotted novel that probes the deepest mysteries: sin, redemption, love, evil, the human condition…One of Nesbø’s best, deepest, and richest novels.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The bestselling author of the Harry Hole series delivers an exceptional, gritty, fast-paced stand-alone thriller; the smooth transitions among each character’s perspectives lure readers in, and Barslund’s translation is accessible to American readers.”

    Library Journal

  • “Gildart Jackson gives just the right unobtrusive narration to Jo Nesbø’s stand-alone novel, a richly layered look into the human heart…Jackson’s artistry offers soft-voiced women and men whose personalities live in their voices. Nesbø’s thrilling journey into Oslo’s criminal underground of drugs, human trafficking, and murder is nail-biting, thanks to Jackson’s insightful performance. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, May 2014
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, May 2014
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
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