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De zoon por Jo Nesbø
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De zoon (original 2014; edição 2014)

por Jo Nesbø, Annelies De Vroom

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The author of the internationally best-selling Harry Hole series now gives us an electrifying stand-alone novel set amid Oslo's hierarchy of corruption, from which one very unusual young man is about to propel himself into a mission of brutal revenge.
Membro:WXC789
Título:De zoon
Autores:Jo Nesbø
Outros autores:Annelies De Vroom
Informação:Amsterdam Cargo 2014
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The Son por Jo Nesbo (2014)

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4 star book, with a 5 star ending (4.5 stars.) Sonny Lofthus breaks out of jail to right the wrongs perpetrated against his father, a disgraced police officer who committed suicide. Sonny takes solace in drugs, confessing to murders he did not commit in return for a constant supply of drugs while he is in prison. Sonny struggles outside of prison, because he has been "inside" for 12 years, but has retained a sense of right and wrong unlike other convicts. His kindness and integrity attract people, including the manager of a home for drug addicts (Martha), despite her tough veneer. Chief Inspector Simon Kefas, a close friend of Sonny's father Loftus, leads the homicide squad, and begins to discern the nature of what seem to be unrelated murders.

The book's frenetic pace is created via chapters that go back and forth between Sonny and Simon, and a few other players, like the ambitious new arrival on the homicide squad and the kid who lives next door to the Lofthuses. Nesbo does a good job revealing the back stories of Sonny, his father, Simon, Martha and the criminals with a mole in the police department. Another dark and violent Scandinavian thriller. Recommended.


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  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |

'The Son' is a masterful piece of storytelling. Once I started it, I put aside the other books that I was reading and gave this all my attention.


It's a stand-alone novel about a son seeking revenge on the people who killed his father and abused him. They're a mix of violent criminals, corrupt members of the criminal justice system and Norway's privileged elite who have placed themselves above the law.


In lesser hands, this might be a Norwegian version of 'Death Wish', with the police scurrying to catch up with a vigilante while we cheer and watch him give the bad guys what they deserve. Jo Nesbø has produced something much more interesting than that. Although the ways in which the son wreaks his revenge are ingenious and violent, the main pull of the story comes from the slow reveal of the motivations of and relationship between the two main characters: the son seeking revenge and the almost ready to retire policeman hunting him.


'The Son' is a great example of how to write a crime thriller. The plot emerges like a train out of night-time snow, growing bigger and more impressive as it gets clearer. There's no cheating. No belief-stretching twists, just a very complex set of relationships between some very unpleasant people that get revealed one step at a time.


The characters feel real partly because they are full of surprises. None of them come from central casting. They each have something about them that isn't what the reader might expect to find. The son, who the press nicknames 'The Buddha with a sword' is a gentle, almost serene person who not only takes no pleasure from the pain and death he delivers but often throws up immediately afterwards.

The ready to retire policeman is clever, unafraid of authority and determined to find out what's really going on, He's also deeply flawed, has his own agenda and is carrying a great deal of guilt for the mess he's made of his life and the impact that's had on his wife. His newly-arrived ambitious young partner turns out to be both honourable and committed.


The supporting cast is also memorable: the lonely little boy who watches the action through binoculars from his bedroom window, the ex-con who wants to give up modifying guns for gangsters and go back to restoring Harley Davison motorcycles, the deputy governor of a prison who sees himself in a positive light while sinking deeper and deeper into corruption, the woman who runs the hostel for junkies and hungers for something she can't name and has never experienced.


Then there are the twists and turns. I thought I had the whole thing figured out several times. It wasn't so much that I was wrong, it's just that there was always more. It reminded of Dylan Thomas saying 'It has more skins than an onion and every one of them will make you cry'.


Finally, my reading pleasure was greatly increased by Sean Barrett's wonderful narration. I strongly recommend the audiobook version of 'The Son' if you can. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample of Sean Barrett's performance.


https://soundcloud.com/random-house-audiobooks/the-son-by-jo-nesbo

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  MikeFinnFiction | Sep 30, 2020 |
Pretty darn good. Wanting Harry Hole the entire time, and his girlfriend, but turns out for very good reason Nesbo's new character is not Harry. And, thusly, a helluva good ending. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
I registered this book at BookCrossing.com!
http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/14429512

Quite a treat.

The Son is a stand-alone mystery by the creator of Harry Hole, somber Norwegian detective. Simon Kefas is the detective who heads this one but the primary character is the son of a former partner. Sonny Lofthus, son of a detective who had died years before, forever tainted by corruption. Sonny has chosen his own route and spends his days in prison, fueled by drugs and taking the role of mystic or savior to other prisoners.

Until he finds out more about his father, which changes everything.

Sonny escapes and embarks on a vendetta. Simon is on his tail, and is not altogether against what Sonny is doing and how he is doing it.

In this complex thriller there are many bad guys. But there are degrees of badness, and different levels of humanity in each. There is even love, an unlikely yet believable love.

The story keeps going, the excitement maintained, until the unexpected resolution. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Listened to this one in the car. It drags at the beginning...until Sonny perks up...then it's very enjoyable. Things get a bit muddy and bloated towards the last quarter...there were several times I thought the story was going to end, but the more bits are tacked on. Not as much fun as the Dept Q books, or Dragon Tattoo, but enjoyable. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
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