Jo Nesbø

The Son

Drug addict Sonny Lofthus has been in prison since he was eighteen and finances his habit by atoning for the crimes of others. Thanks to his special status among the inmates, prisoners confess their sins to him. Sonny’s late father, Ab Lofthus, was a policeman. When Simon Kefas, a close friend and former colleague of Ab, shows up, it is to investigate a murder that is linked to Sonny. But Sonny escapes from prison, and he has much to avenge.

The Son is a thriller that proves Nesbø’s immense talent yet again. At Nesbø’s expert hands, Oslo is painted in noir tones once more, as, behind the scenes, local politicians, big business, the police, and courthouses engage in a dance with the power-players of society’s underbelly – those far from the reaches of the law. At the same time, the novel revolves around characteristic Nesbø-themes such as father-son, law-justice, revenge-prejudice, and guilt-atonement. And, at the very core of the story about Sonny is a great love story.

Corruption and organized crime are at the root of the great dramas playing out on these pages, whether set at the Oslo police station, in city hall, in a dingy hotel room at Kvadraturen or among the pushers along Akerselva. This is a Scandinavian The Wire in a heightened, hyper-realistic Sin City-Oslo.

Nesbo delivers a revved-up, entertaining red harvest, another guaranteed hit from a forceful thriller machine.

Los Angeles Times, US

Aimed at fans of tautatsmospheric thrillers that run from Stieg Larsson to Turow who have yet not discovered Nesbo, a budding superstar in the U.S

Hollywood Reporter, US

Nesbø has given his series character, Harry Hole, the year off. In The Son, he has crafted an elegant stand-alone novel full of vengeance and redemption.

Florida Times-Union, US

Jo Nesbø is an excellent novelist even if he’s not writing about Harry Hole.

The Times, UK

Jo Nesbø

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Thron Ullberg

Jo Nesbø (b. 1960) is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as one of the leading crime writers in the world. He is recognized for having widened the scope of the thriller with his unusual literary qualities and ambitions, his psychological insights and his in-depth knowledge of life in a modern, globalized world. His books have garnered countless international awards, sold 36 million copies, and been translated into 50 languages. In addition to the Harry Hole series he is the author of stand-alone novels Headhunters, The Son, Blood on Snow and Midnight Sun, as well as several children’s books in the Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder series.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina, Buybook
Brazil, Record
Canada, Penguin Random House
Catalonia, Proa
Croatia, Fokus
Czech Republic, Zlin
Denmark, Modtryk
Finland, Johnny Kniga
France, Gallimard
Germany, Ullstein
Greece, Metaixmio
Hungary, Animus
Iceland, Forlagid
Italy, Einaudi
Japan, Shueisha
Korea, Viche
Latvia, Zvaigzne ABC
Lithuania, Baltos Lankos
Netherlands, Cargo
Norway, Aschehoug
Poland, Dolnoslaskie
Portugal, Dom Quixote
Russia, Inostranka
Serbia, Laguna
Slovakia, Ikar
Slovenia, Didakta
Spain, Mondadori
Sweden, Albert Bonniers
Thailand, WeLearn
Ukraine, Folio
UK, Harvill Secker
US, Knopf
Vietnam, Nha Nam

Film rights
US, Nine Stories / Bold

Other titles

The Thirst
Police
Phantom
The Leopard
The Snowman
The Redeemer
The Devil’s Star
Nemesis
The Redbreast
The Cockroaches
The Bat
Blood on Snow
Midnight Sun
Headhunters
A.Y.W.D.N.E (Animals You Wish Did Not Exist)
Can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas?
Doctor Proctor and the Great Gold Robbery
Doctor Proctor and the End of the World. Maybe
Doctor Proctor and the Time-Travel Bath Bomb
Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder

Foreign rights

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Awards

Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year Award, Sweden, 2017
Shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award, Sweden, 2017
Shortlisted for The European Crime Fiction Star Award, Germany, 2016
The Riverton Honor Prize, Norway, 2016
The IcePick Award (Best Translated Crime Novel), Iceland, 2015
Boréales Honorary Award (for his entire literary work), France, 2017
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Book of the Year Award, Norway, 2015
Shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis (Best Crime & Thriller of 2015), Germany, 2017
Shortlisted for the Brage Prize (Best Crime Novel), Norway, 2017
St. Petersburg Reads Award (Best International Author of the Year), Russia, 2014
Shortlisted for The IcePick Award (Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year), Iceland, 2014
Martinus Readers’ Choice Award (Best Foreign Author of the Year), Slovakia, 2014
Martinus Readers’ Choice Award (Best Novel of the Year), Slovakia, 2014
The Peer Gynt Prize (for his international success and for putting Norway on the map of international literature), Norway, 2013
Shortlisted for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards (The Bestseller Dagger), UK, 2012
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger (Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year), UK, 2012
Shortlisted for the Edgar Award (Best Novel of the Year), US, 2010
Shortlisted for the Macavity Awards (Best Mystery Novel), US, 2010
The Great Caliber Award of Honour (for his entire authorship), Poland, 2010
The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year), Denmark, 2009
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, UK, 2009
The Norwegian Book Club Prize (Best Novel of the Year), Norway, 2008
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Children’s Book Award (Best Children’s Book), Norway, 2008
The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize (Best Novel of the Year), Norway, 2007
The Norwegian Book Club Prize (Best Novel of the Year), Norway, 2007
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, UK, 2007
The Finnish Academy of Crime Writers’ Special Commendation (Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing), Finland, 2007
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Children’s Book Award (Best Children’s Book), Norway, 2007
Best Norwegian Crime Novel Ever Written (Awarded by the Norwegian Book Clubs), Norway, 2004
William Nygaard Bursary, Norway, 2002
The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize (Best Novel of the Year), Norway, 2000
The Glass Key (Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year), The Nordic Countries, 1998
The Riverton Prize (Best Norwegian Crime Novel of the Year), Norway, 1997

Edited October 06, 2017 by Salomonsson Agency