Family secret unleashes punishment

The Son,

by Jo Nesbo (Random House, RRP $38):

Set in sunny summertime Oslo, a prison-cell confession to a fellow inmate reveals a hidden secret about his father and spirals Sonny Lofthaus’ life out of control.

For years Sonny had been taking punishment as a professional scapegoat. Now this revelation has unleashed a need to punish the wrongdoers who have fed off his despair. A jailbreak and a series of killings ensue. But, of course, the results of Sonny’s righteous anger now means he is being sought by both the police and Oslo’s top criminal gang.

This is a story of revenge and natural justice. It seems to cover most of the cliches: a clever older detective with personal demons, a young novice partner, and a powerful yet hidden-in-the- shadows crime lord. This is all comfortable territory; you care for/dislike the right lot, there is action aplenty and the careful revealing of Sonny’s back story results in a good modern-day crime thriller.

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1 comment for “Family secret unleashes punishment

  1. ant
    April 2, 2016 at 11:15 am

    everyone keeps telling me how good snowman is but it wasn’t my favorite jo nesbo book. how does this one compare to snowman?

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