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Review of The Son – Jo Nesbo

Posted: May 2, 2014 in mystery, Review
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Jo Nesbo is such a successful author that his books are now promptly translated to English to ensure an almost simultaneous release with his native Norwegian. His latest work, The Son, is not a Harry Hole novel but it is another police detective, killer manhunt story and well worth the read.

Sonny Lofthus is fighting the demons caused by the inexplicable suicide 14 years ago of his policeman father. However, Sonny is also a heroin addict and model prisoner doing time for the murder of two people he didn’t kill. In return for confessing to these two crimes his “sponsors” supply him with heroin. Sonny is about to confess to another murder, committed when he was on day release, when someone lets slip that they may know who killed his father. This information gives Sonny the impetus to escape and seek revenge on his father’s killer; and do a little extra-judicial killing of his own.

Not only is Sonny being sought by the police, but he is also being sought by the criminals who convinced him to confess to the murders 14 years ago (and the one he is alleged to have committed now). Sonny is searching for the people behind these criminals, one of whom is a policeman. Not a good market to sell life insurance as the body count begins to climb.

I really enjoyed this book. Sonny burnt with righteous indignation – an indignation that kept him one step ahead of the next needle he so desperately wanted. The police investigators were both flawed and insightful and hampered by Sonny’s ability to be unpredictable. And the criminals were a couple of steps up from thuggish and stupid – and lead by a brain of the first order. Such was the quality of the story that in the epilogue Mr Nesbo left himself room for a return to these characters: well some of them at least.

This is a book to add to the immediate reading pile.

Harvill Secker

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Simon

Police – Jo Nesbo

Posted: September 22, 2013 in general fiction, Review
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policePolice is Jo Nesbo’s eighth Harry Hole novel, but retained a fresh feel to it throughout.

The story unfolds across several seasons, from the beginning of autumn, in deepest winter to the height of summer. The killings, like the investigation, happen in a methodical planned manner with little in the way of evidence for the investigators to work on.

Nesbo waits quite late in the story to bring Harry Hole to the centre of the story, staying with his former colleagues as they investigate this series of murders styled on relatively recent cold case killings. Harry doesn’t want to be involved: he is happy being a police instructor and knows, as a recovering alcoholic, that murder investigation is another of his addictions and will sabotage his relationship with Rakel. But after one murder that is too personal for Harry to ignore he succumbs to temptation and joins the task force.

Nesbo an excellent writer of murder-thrillers with misdirection a plenty; a string of potential perpetrators; and subplots and spare villains for later. As an added bonus dialogue and characterisation were not found wanting either, with even the lesser characters being a lot more than two-dimensional drawings.

Praise should also go to Nesbo’s translator, Don Bartlett, who has rendered this novel into English from Nesbo’s Norwegian the same year it was published in Norway.

Harvil Secker

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Simon