Friday, August 22, 2014

"That lucky old son" Song lyrics

I listened to this story as an audiobook. It was narrated by Gildart Jackson. His delivery was precise and leisurely which was a good method to match the pace of the novel, which was at times brutal.

In the story, Sonny Lofthus ad been in jail for twelve years for crimes he wasn't guilty of. However he was promised a lifetime supply of heroin if he admitted to these crimes. Then he finds something about his father's murder and that his father was framed.  Sonny stages a clever prison break and proceeds to find and punish the people responsible for his father's death.

It is easy to sympathise with Sonny. He is polite and resourceful as he proceeds to punish the criminals responsible for tarnishing his father's name and his death.

There is also an element of mysticism in the story. With Sonny, the son, compared to Jesus, the Son of God.
Many times Sonny says a prayer for his victim and at one point tells the victim that if he repents he might enter heaven. This is similar to Jesus forgiving the repentant sinner who was on the cross when Jesus was crucified.

Simon Kefas is a cop chasing Sonny. Simon is an old time cop who some say is behind the times but others say he's one of the best cops on the job.

The conclusion is well done and Jo Nesbo carefully brings the elements of the story together in a nice package.

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