I listened to this book as an audiobook narrated by Gildart Jackson. His narration was liesurly to contrast with the action of the story which at times was brutal.
This stand alone work by Jo Nesbo tells a story of Sonny Lofthus. He had been in jail for 12 years after agreeing to take the blame for crimes he was innocent of committing. He was promised a lifetime supply of heroin for taking the blame for these crimes.
Sonny Lofthus had been popular in prison because the other inmates could talk to him and he never revealed a secret. Then one day, he learns what really happened when his father died and it changes Sonny's life. He stages a clever prison break and proceeds to punish those who were guilty of his father's death.
There is a large degree of theology in the book as sonny could represent the Son of God. In fact, as Sonny murders a number of criminals, he always prays for them and at one point tells a guilty man that if he is penitent, he may go to heaven.
Sonny is easy to root for as we see him at work getting revenge for his father's death. It is also pleasant when he meets a woman who shows compassion for him and Sonny realizes the love of a woman for the first time.
Simon Kofas is the cop chasing Sonny. Simon is an old time cop who some say is over the hill but others say that he's one of the thorough members of the police force. Simon's wife has an eye disease and if she isn't operated on, she will loose her sight but it's an expensive operation.