The Son (Nesbø novel)

The Son
First edition (Norwegian)
AuthorJo Nesbø
Original titleSønnen
LanguageNorwegian, English
GenreCrime fiction
Publication date
Preceded byPolice 
Followed bynone 

The Son (Norwegian: Sønnen, 2014) is a crime novel by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø. It is the second stand-alone crime novel by Nesbø, following Headhunters (2008).


Sonny Lofthus is serving time for crimes he did not commit. As payment, he receives a steady supply of drugs to satisfy his addiction. His life changes completely when he learns the truth about his father's death.[1][2][3]


Nesbø started work on The Son during Good Friday in 2012. The plot is inspired by the Bible.[4]


An HBO limited series based on the novel is set to be directed by Denis Villeneuve and produced by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker's Nine Stories and Michel Litvak's Bold Films, with Jo Nesbø executive producing it alongside Niclas Salomonsson.[5] In 2020, Lenore Zion, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy were announced as co-showrunners.[6]


  1. ^ Steph Cha (May 16, 2014). "Revenge and corruption play a part in Jo Nesbo's thriller 'The Son'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  2. ^ "The Son". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  3. ^ Richard Klinzman (May 24, 2014). "Book Review: 'The Son' by Jo Nesbo". The Florida Times-Union. Archived from the original on May 31, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  4. ^ "Jo Nesbo talks to Simon Mayo". BBC. Archived from the original on May 31, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (May 26, 2016). "Jake Gyllenhaal, Denis Villeneuve to Reunite for Crime Drama 'The Son'". Variety. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  6. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 20, 2020). "Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in HBO Limited Series 'The Son;' Denis Villeneuve, Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy to Produce". Variety. Retrieved October 31, 2021.