The Son | Penguin Random House Canada

The Son

Publisher: Vintage Canada

The author of the best-selling Harry Hole series now gives us an electrifying tale of vengeance set amid Oslo’s brutal hierarchy of corruption.

Sonny Lofthus has been in prison for almost half his life: serving time for crimes he didn’t commit. In exchange, he gets an uninterrupted supply of heroin—and a stream of fellow prisoners seeking out his Buddha-like absolution. Years earlier Sonny’s father, a corrupt cop, took his own life rather than face exposure. Now Sonny is the center of a vortex of corruption: prison staff, police, lawyers, a desperate priest—all of them focused on keeping him stoned and jailed. When Sonny discovers a shocking truth about his father’s suicide, he makes a brilliant escape and begins hunting down the people responsible for his and his father’s demise. But he’s also being hunted, and by enemies too many to count. Two questions remain: who will get to him first, and what will he do when he’s cornered?


"This is an excellent novel." Margaret Cannon, CBC Books 

"The Son is one of his best books yet." The Globe and Mail 

"An operatic tale of bloody revenge, redemption and love, and it is really an outstanding read.... Wades right into the dark and primal side of human nature, good versus evil, the need for revenge." Q (CBC Radio) 

"[A] fast-paced and thrilling story."