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The brand new thriller from no 1 bestselling crime author, Jo Nesbo, which sees a charismatic young prisoner breaking out of jail to find out the truth about his father's death and seek revenge on those who lied to him

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SONNY’S ON THE RUN

Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins.

HE’S BEEN LIED TO HIS WHOLE LIFE

But then one prisoner’s confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny’s disgraced father.

SONNY WANTS REVENGE

He needs to break out of prison and make those responsible pay for their crimes.

WHATEVER THE COST

Reviews

An expertly plotted, compelling and gripping white-knuckle ride… Nesbo deserves to be crowned the king of all crime thriller writers

Sunday Express

A cat-and-mouse chase between a young prisoner and a troubled detective, this is a tense, violent and hugely absorbing walk on the murky side of Oslo

Sunday Mirror

Nesbo never fails to deliver a cracking narrative – and this is one of his best

Mail on Sunday

An excellent novelist... Nesbo paints an intricate, disturbing picture of rampant corruption within prison and the police service... The strong action is tempered by tenderness

Marcel Berlins, The Times

Gripping from start to finish

John Williams, Mail on Sunday

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

Myles McWeeney, Belfast Telegraph

[Nesbo's] trademark twists and turns

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

Whereas Headhunters, the first of Nesbø's novels not to feature Harry Hole, was a ruthlessly linear chase story, The Son is far more complex and sophisticated. The characterisation is deeper and more detailed... which only adds to the sense of life-and-death drama.

Evening Standard

Nesbo has crafted a book that's engaging, entertaining and surprising, with the kind of plot twists any crime writer would be proud of... It's an excellent whodunnit, with enough twists and turns to keep even the most experienced of crime fans guessing right up to the end

Sunday Business Post

The Son creates a brand new anti-hero, an avenging angel of sorts whose destiny is driven by righting perceived wrongs with a bloody and bullet-riddled path through the criminal underworld

Birmingham Mail

Jo Nesbo is an excellent novelist even if he's not writing about Harry Hole

Marcel Berlins, The Times

Another of Nesbo’s gripping tales

Sun

Complex and sophisticated... The world [Nesbo’s] creations inhabit is infinitely cruel, brutal yet beautiful

Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard

Watch it fly off the shelves and pack the audiences in the cinemas in equal measure

Roddy Brooks, UK Press Syndication

This story stays with you long after you’ve finished it

Joanna Czechowska, Woman

Nesbo is on top form with this crime novel, a book that you quite rightfully can't put down

Bristol Magazine

This is a novel of total authority, with a highly original concept

Good Book Guide

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099582144

    December 1, 2014

    Vintage

    656 pages

    RRP $27.00

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  • EBook

    9781448161102

    April 10, 2014

    Vintage Digital

    656 pages

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Also by Jo Nesbo

The Snowman
The Thirst
The Bat
New Harry Hole Thriller
Macbeth
Blood on Snow & Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun
Blood on Snow
Large Print: Police
Large Print: The Son
Cockroaches
Police
Phantom
Headhunters
The Leopard
The Redbreast
The Redeemer
The Devil's Star
Nemesis

Recommendations

The Thirst
Make Me
The Girl on the Train
The Store
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Two Nights
Inferno
Don't Let Go
The Child
A Stranger in the House
After the Fire
The Girl Who Was Taken
I Am Pilgrim
The Word Is Murder
I Know a Secret
Line of Fire
Fifty Fifty
Tell No Lies
The Girl in Kellers Way
Tom Clancy Power And Empire